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RATINGS: 1489   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Very typical American barleywine, but I love that style. Intense hop aroma, and hop taste and bitterness to go with it. Malty backbone and alcohol aftertaste balances the beer well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Deep amber color with a thin tight head. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Starts with a hoppy bite then turns malty and finishes bittersweet with definite alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
This is a good Barley Wine. Malt, hop, and grapefuit flavors. Finishes dry, clean, and slightly bitter.

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 (3088) - 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 (4751) - 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 (1468) - 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 (14790) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, 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.


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