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RATINGS: 1521   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2004
The aroma is very very nice. Some oak, citrus, cherries, grapes, vanilla. The appearance is a reddish brown with almost no head. Now to the flavor. A mix of bitter, sour, and sweet all perfectly blended together. Some caramel, raspberries, citrus fruit are primarly what I am tasting. The finish is hoppy with a taste of alcohol. This one is not as sweet and cloying as other barleywines Ive tasted. This biased may come from my hophead nature of course. But overall I must say I really enjoyed this one. Thanks to cb and tar for hooking me up!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
The hops really helped balance this out. The bitterness helped to even out the sweet, fruity flavors. pretty good overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2004
This is last years bottling as I like to let the Barleys rest for a while after an initial tasting. Big floral brandied nose. Ruby orange tinge. Small off white head. Big, chewy sweet caramel malts, hints of maple syrup, cherry, vanilla, woody undertones, medium bodied, hops and caramel and more grapefruit bitter hops in the finish. After a year the hops definately mellowed out a bit, and this is pretty well balanced, but theres something thats missing...and I cant put my finger on it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Copper body with weak tan head. Grapefruit to the nose and to the taste. This is a good barley wine. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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!


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