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RATINGS: 1507   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Deep cloudy amber color to it with little head on top. Aroma is strongly leafy with barlet. Flavor is a tad bit on the sweet side for me. I generally prefer a barley wine to be more warming and robust. This does infact have too much of a sugary not to it, seemingly to balance the barley, which I'm not a huge fan of.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours a rich amber coloring with a big puffy head and some really nice lacing. The hops are very noticeable in the flavor but not predominant, nice malty companions to balance out the sweet hops. Lots of candi sugar in the flavor, with some fruits and other sweet flavors. Extremely well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Pours a deep copper with a thin off-white head and nice lacing. Very little carbonation. Aroma is malty, spicey, and hoppy. Nice full mouthfeel. Bitter with hints of citrus. Nice lingering aftertaste. Very well-balanced and easy drinking beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Deep copper coloring with a minimal cream colored head. Fine bubbles, left lace draped in rings all down the glass. Nose is massive hop and malt combined, with citrus, caramel, malt. Mouthfeel is full, this beer is beautifully balanced between its hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Pleasant hop citrus/bitter baseline with nice, rich malty brown sugar, molasses, clove blanket. Warming--good for after skiing or sleding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Color is a glowing deep and clear ruby-brown with a thin light tannish fluffy head, very thin, intricately whisped curtains and ink blot lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued with an overall malty sweetness of caramel and some nice pine sap and dry hop wood-like variants. Taste withstands some nice sweet tones in its malts touching on some caramel with some very light and dulled dried citrus. Finishes with a good hop dryness of wood and pine, very easy on the bittering scraping up some grassy notes late. Feel is a smidgon under medium bodied lacking some girth, creamyness, smoothness, and nearly everything I desire out of a BW. Hops make for a nice finish, but I needed more out of it. For me, this stuff needs a boost, its missing a thicker volume in both flavor and body; length too. Not bad, more of a mediochre-close-to-good BW. Seems more like a very good Red ale like Bear Republic's Red Rocket then a BW. I do like the flying pigs on the label though.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamdead (8) - Ashland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004 does not count
A personal alltime favorite. Maybe more of an Imperial Pale Ale, none the less it is great. Lots of hops!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Pours a deep cloudy dark amber-copper color with a small creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, sweet fruity aromas of apples and pears. Sweet and malty like a good barleywine, sweet and sticky finish, very smooth and full bodied with a full and syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, very complex and very smooth, nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Reddish amber color with a small off white head, that leaves just a ring around the edges but left nice lacing. Sweet citric hop/malt nose (reminded me of arrogant bastard). Fruity (grape) hop with a malt finish, alcohol was just slightly present.

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.


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