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RATINGS: 1536   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.


4.1
   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!

4.4
   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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8500) - 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.

3.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2299) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2004
For something which is made right down the street...I can only say how thankful I am to live where I do. This is a great bottled beer...available anytime I want. Definitly my favorite in terms of quality balanced with how available it is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Nice ruby red hue, minimal head, sweet smell. taste is very hoppy with a pronounced alcohol flavor. Wish I had someone to help me finish this bottle.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Too hoppy. Not balanced. Pricey. Cool label, too big of bottle for 9.2%. Find some friends and share one, then drink a Youngís Old Nick to see what a BW should really taste like.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2004
Tasted in Colorado. 22oz bottle. Tatsed in a shaker glass. Appearance is a light copper colour with a thin white head. Incredibly hoppy aroma with a strong spicy nose. Flavour is intense hop bitterness yet with a malt balance (if that is possible).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2004
deep amber, clear, small head, sweet malty bread and toffee aroma, some fruitiness as well, flavor similar with plenty of bitterness, quite good


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