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RATINGS: 1499   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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
motelpogo (6701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2003
i just assumed that i would like this beer and was pretty surprised when i didn't. it had an ordinary amber colour and raisin and oak aroma. tasted very bready and sweet. it was very hard to believe that there were 100 IBU's as i couldn't really find much bitterness. the flavour didn't really go anywhere other than become sweeter. no finish to speak of. a big disappointment. the only positive is that double-edged sword of 'well-disguised alcohol' which could also be called a lack of guts

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Nice reddened copper body. Huge aroma. Sweetened malt, light hops, caramel notes, and peach/nectarine. The tongue is more of the same but feels like it's not full. Seems wispy. The taste is comprised of Malt and fruit with even lighter hops. Alcohol notes enter into the mix but are not dominant. Little bit of bitterness towards the end. Good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Amber ruby color with light sticky head and lacing. The aroma is an excellent balance of malt and hops, a light dry dusty roasted grain smell with an onterage of well mixed hops. The flavor is also a harmony of flavors that showcase this beers strong suits. This is one of the easiest drinking barleywine's I've ever had. The alcohol is present but well hidden with a mouthfeel of bittering from the hops. OVerall this is a great barleywine, glad I was able to try this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Pours reddish brown with no head or lacing. Malt, hops and fruits (grapefruit?) in the aroma. Caramel flavors with some roastiness, finishes with a touch of bitterness. Sticky palate, not too bad though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2003
Orange body with almost no head. I make an effort to pour straight and a small head quickly disappears to let a sticky ring surround the glass. Big and intense hop aroma. I don't know if that's typical to Columbus hops, but it pretty much reminded me of sweat which the first sip confirmed. In mouth, I'm very disappointed with the weak palate. I expect more from a beer with that much ingredients (although the hop flavors' intensity are just overpowered and remove from the complexity). On the other hand, the malts are there to calm down those 100 IBUs and ensure a good drinkability, but WHERE IS THE BODY! Overall, very tasty, but with some glitches I couldn't really tolerate, especially in a barley wine, this seemed more of a double IPA. Enjoy hopheads. Thanks Mr Crvich.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Nice citrus, fruity aroma. Malty and warming, the alcohol is ever present. Nice barley wine, but something is missing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, citrus and hops. Some sweet malt flavors, but its mostly pretty dry and hoppy. Long bitter hop finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden except for the warmth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2003
This beer is like garlic mustard in southern Ohio (meaning that it's dirt common, to the point of being a nuisance). Finally, I caved and purchased a bottle tonight. This is a caramely red beverage, complete with a nicely lacing off-white head. Caramely and grapefruity aroma. Flavor is a rich blend of grapefruity hops (which tend to dominate), some piney hops, sweet caramel, and some fruitiness. A solid barleywine, and the first "traditional" barleywine I've had in some time.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
White quickly diminishing head on a deep amber body. Citusy hop w/a big caramel malt aroma and a little fruitiness. Malty but very well balanced w/a hop bittering. Hop flavor also very dominant over malt and continues to the finish. Medium full bodied and low-moderate carbonation, and a very well hidden alcohol. This is a very well made Am. Barleywine. It's drinkable now or cellerable, unlike most others in it's class. Very outstanding for Am. BW style!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4913) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Perfectly clear amber, aroma of hops, sherry and caramel - malty, sweet butterscotch kind of flavor, but lacking the complexity characteristic of the style - finish is dry, hoppy and crisp, with a marked absence of maltiness - this tastes more like a more malty version of a pale ale than a barleywine, but it's a tasty beer none-the-less.


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