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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Cloudy ruby color with big hoppy aroma.Sweet sugary taste in mouth.A little too sweet for a barley wine.A bitter alcohol flavor towards the end. A weird barley.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
This is very hoppy. It has a big aroma and a sweet finish. There's a good balance, but it's more of a big IPA than a barleywine. Instead of the essence of a barleywine, it seems to have the flavors of an IPA with just the hint of strength like an I2PA would. As big of a beer as it is, that actually make it an impressive brewing feat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Ruby tinted amber colour with a thinnish off-white head. Sweet aroma of peaches, apricots, caramel, raisins, brown and caster sugars all with a hoppy note and a malt presence. Full-bodied; Somewhat spicey initial taste mellows to a sweet flavour of fruits and some caster sugar. Aftertaste somewhat alcoholic and a bit harsh. Overall, a decent barleywine, needs some time to mature, but $4 for a 65 cL bottle is NOTHING! I bought this 65 cL bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 23-December-2003.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Deep, clear ruby color. Fruity, floral aroma. Very very inviting!! Nice lacing head. Very good smooth taste. Lingering hints of alcohol on the tongue. Hoppy. A great treat from Jeremy (jgb9348!!) Thanks!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
Cloudy amber color. Strong and absolutely peculiar aroma: oranges, figues, flowers (violets…), mango. Sweet in the front, fruity (oranges, mango, plums, muscadel…), getting bitter and bitter. No need to talk about malt/caramel and hops…. Mellower than other heavily hopped North American brews.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
This barley wine pours with a deep ambe/mohagony body topped by a medium thick off white head with tons of lacing. Wow! The hopstake over in this brew. The aroma is sweet and citrusy from the hops with a malty balance. The flavor is slightly sweet but then the hoppy bitterness hits the tongue. A citrus note and a sweet malty balance are hidden behind the hops. Ful bodied, smooth and warming.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
very very very disgustingly sweet and then suddenly tangy and bitter like toilet cleaner. ugh. ester fruit salad and alcohol taste only add to the sickliness. typical shove-as-many-ingredients-in-as-possible cough syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Pours a decent amber with large eggshell colored head. I thought the 9.2% was masked nicely. Aromas of malt, caramel & dried fruits. The question should be asked, is there a hoppier barleywine around?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Whoooee! I wasn't expecting such a hoppy barleywine. Had it last night with the remains of the weekend's lasagna. ...Interesting pair. I get peaches, cherries, and some other non-placeable aromas. Palate is smooth, alcohol is fairly well-hidden, and while noticeable, is not even slightly disagreeable. Definitely has a nice sweet finish - gets sweeter as it warms up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
Chocolate, alcohol and malt nose. Amber red color with a little accomplishing head. Strong alcohol taste, also hoppy. Notes of grapes are coming upfront. Refreshing with a sharp aftertaste - kind of edgy.


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