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RATINGS: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop loverís delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Aroma actually reminds me of an IPA. Lots of C-hops going on in the nose. Myabe a touch of roasted malts too. Transparent ruby copper color with an off white head. Holy crap this is weird. Good, but weird. Tons of grapefruit bitter hops to start lending way to some more traditional vinous fruity barleywine notes. Bitter hoppy finish. By far the hoppiest barleywine Ive ever had and probably ever will have. Iím not a big fan of over the top overhopped brews, so you may not agree with my score. Thanks ecvich for this interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 28, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Not sure how I feel about this as a barley wine. As a beer though, itís terrific. 100 IBUs is just ridiculous, but I donít care! Was the last beer in a great session. (Maybe that wasnít so smart...)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival
Another American sack of hops. Hop-tea and toast and a bit salty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
Dark amber, small white head. Big piney and grapefuity aroma with a wonderfull soft notes of dark dried friot and spices. Lotís of american hops in flavour, mostly grapefruit with notes of dark plums, sweeet raisin and honey. Citrousy and piney finish with a good alcoholic kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2183) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Identical to a IPA for sure. Beautiful leather brown and a head that gets decapitated in a matter of minutes. Hoppy aroma and extremely bitter. Tangerine flavor with some fruit citrus in the background. Maybe some Caramel or syrup? Dry finish leaving a strong odor of booze on me and my breath

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
calicool (16) - Keller, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Strong brew, but it really does remind me more of an IPA. Itís not your typical extreme hopped beer, but itís not your typical barleywine either. Overall, itís very pleasing, kind of salty tasting, and the taste lingers. I likes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Hops, hops and more hops. A great beer for hopheads looking for a big rich brew, however not exactly a typical barleywine. It doesnít have the ripe dark fruit presence that I find in most BWís, but since this isnít a rating to style, high marks across the board!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8080) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
First of all, let me say that as a barleywine I give this a 3.8. As a beer in its own right, I give it a 4.2. It really is much more of an IPA or I2PA than a barleywine. Pours copper/slight ruby at the edges with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, pear, apple, cognac, iced tea, hops. Tastes very fruity, malty, with hops and a finishing hoppy sweetness. Palate is very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a copper/red color with low effervescence, and a golden/yellow head (with very low retention). Lacing is sticky and moves slow. The aroma is of hops!, with a fruity background and a hint of caramel. The taste has a slightly sweet start, with a quick dry middle and lasting hop bitterness at the finish. The Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy at the start with low CO2 and a residual hop bite that remains on the palate. Hops, hops, hops. This brewing company boasts of having a beer with 100IBU?s. Dude! I just don?t get the attraction to such an overdose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2252) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Hoppy aroma. Smells like an IPA; pine & sneakers. Hazy but mostly clear amber body, which is a bit odd for a Bwine. Most of the Bwines I have had are a lot murkier. Small, off-white ehad. Nice, scattered lace and a mostly diminishing head. Wonderful lace. Flavor is also wonderful. Light in body compared to most Bwines. This is more like an IPA. The most pervasive flavor is alcohol. A little salty; could use a little more sweetness. Not overly hoppy.

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