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RATINGS: 1498   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Walnut colored with a moderate tan head. Intense toffee, caramelly nose with earthy, pungeant hops balancing the act. Alcohol present, but sufficiently covered by the malts and hops. This is a very well balanced barleywine with the malts and hops struggling to a draw for control of the flavor profile. Prunes and raisins possibly towards the middle of the flavor profile. Mild, sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit. Impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
Can you smell century old spruce? Very refreshing especially if you join that with good malted body. Alcohol is the filler as it should in this case. Very nice!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
pours deep orange. huge perfumy and orange-citrus hop aroma. huge hop flavour with some caramel bitter chocolate, toasted bread and alcohol peeking through the curtains. this guy must be recently divorced because he's damned bitter. a big beer that's lots of fun, but I could only have it once in awhile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
(Bottle) This is a barleywine? High hops in the nose. Orange with lasting white head. Sweet but very complex. Mellow finish. Lovely! Thanks MartinT for bringing this...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2262) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 Deep copper in colour. The aroma was of alcohol, some hops, caramel sweetness and citrus. The flavour is quite hoppy, grapefruit, lots of alcohol. Large body. Finishes with a large warming alcohol burn, long and lingering, dry.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
very hoppy and citrus filled, almost too bitter, even though there is a nice presence of malts there

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Good barely wine. Hoppy citrus aromas. Big malty palate with a sticky finish. Very bitter on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Lightly hazed deep topaz with a small tight bubbled ecru head. Big Nose. Heavy caramel, near grapefruit and light fruit bouquet. Lighter bodied with a near zippy feel. Intial maltiness is wisked away quickly by some resinous hops and then by a apple skin tartness in the finish. This lacks the relaxing qualities I prefer in a barleywine. IMO a barley wine needs to be beverage you can place in a sniffer and enjoy the evening. Hops are way over in this one for that type of setting and finish is to crisp. More of a strong APA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2003
A fine looking beer with nice head and huge hop aroma. A bit thin for a Barley Wine. Too sweet and too much alcohol present in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Poured a reddish color with hardly any head at all. Very malty with pine hop flavors which hide the alcohol well.


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