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RATINGS: 1567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lover’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle: Great banana bread, caramel and nice hoppiness in the aroma. Pours a dark transparent orangish-red with an insignificant white head. Malt and banana bread up front with a real nice hop finish and balance. The finish remindes of of a malty IPA. Moderate hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Beautiful clear mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, hops and dark fruit. A cross between a Barleywine and an I2PA - taste has strong notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, resin, dark fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and molasses. Syrupy sweet with a bitter aftertaste and an alcohol buzz. Full, round and soft mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Great head retention. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
bomber...smells like an imperial IPA. High hop content on the nose. Clear garnet pour with a medium tan head. Intense piney hop aroma. This is an IPA2. It is extremely drinkable, however it has very little traditional barleywine qualities. I catch a little fruit, but by far it is west coast hops, throughout. I am quite disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This is THE barley wine to introduce someone to the style. Very fruity aroma (figs and cherries) and a sweet taste. West Coast hops are mostly in the nose, but the malt wins on the palate (along with lively carbonation). Clean and quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Reddish/orange/brown pour, small pearl head. Sweet and tangy nose, citurus notes. Rich feel, definate grapefruit character, starts sweet and ends bitter. Weak malt character, but nice malt feel. Strange finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pineapple and pine w/ hints of citrusy notes (almost like new plastic). Rich orange, red, w/ good head and lacing. Very hoppy w/ grapefruit and soury ferm. fruit. Good and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
the hog produced a translucent brown body with very little head.gave off a nice aroma of brandy,brown sugar,and candy.the flavor was almost the same bt it had a bit of grapefruit as well.this is pretty good but i could of done without the grapefruit taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This came in a 22oz Bomber with an interesting picture of pigs flying on the label. This one pours a clean amber orange color with great frothy white head. The aroma is excellent the hops are there and the barley wine sweet maltiness is present. A bit of pine and fruit also come through, very nice. This one starts of tasting of sweet malt and a bit fruity. The hops then kick in with some bitterness and the slight taste of alcohol on the finish. A very tasty and balanced barleywine with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Highly drinkable for a barley wine, I could down a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Redish amber color with an off white head. Malts, rasins and caramel dominate the aroma with a background of hops. Light sweetness initially, followed up by a big hoppy bitterness, and a light spice. Some fruit and caramel sweetness surfaces near the end. Finishes off with a piney hop bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 I bought it for the label but I stayed for the taste. Sweet and simple, this will satisfy serious beer drinkers. Not for the weak palate. Nice balance of sweet raisin and sour malted alcohol, with just a touch of autumn syrup and brown sugar in the finish.

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