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RATINGS: 1505   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
Amber-red coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is hop and some citrus. The taste is sweet spicy and floral with a bitter, alcohol flavoured finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 2003 bomber. Pours a light brown with some darker mahogany colors lurking. Yellowish/burnt brown towards the edges. Tons of lacing as it goes down. Moderately small dark beige/brown head. Lots of carbonation in the bottle (typical of Avery). Slightly cloudy. Smells of rich roast, slight amounts of licorice, lots of alcohol, some burnt walnut, and of course, barley and hops, though it is a more refined, drier barley smell. Opens up restrained and quite balanced, good strong orange flavor. Alcohol present, but it waits until towards the finish to really jump out. Body is quite complex and medium-full, tending more towards medium. Lots of hops, dry, strong toffee and a lively carbonated, salty texture. The finish is alot like the porter, only stronger and more apt for the style: dry hops mix with lots of alcohol and roasted barley. Some problems with astringency, needs aging much like the North Coast Old stock, but dosent have enough malt to show as much potential, just needs to even out a bit in the finish. FINALLY an Avery Beer I get along with!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Viscous beer with slow moving CO2 bubbles and deep orange-amber body with large floating particulates that look like flakes of skin. Aroma is both syrupy sweet and savory, like caramelized fruit and seawater. Spicy hop smell is also quite evident. Flavor strikes me as mellow and balanced for a barley wine with some pleasing brackishness on the palate. This is a familiar beer that I’ve consumed repeatedly. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Absolute perfection. Nice malty/caramel aroma that lingers. Mouthfeel is full and balanced, thick as a milkshake. Light hoppiness on the finish that reminds you you're still drinking "beer". Overall one of my favorite beers in the world.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Major thanks to Andrew196 for sending this one across to me!
Kicks Asssss! I may just be mad but this beer reminds me of Arrogant Bastard?
This barley wine pours an initial sudsy off white, almost greenish colored head, but the body of this brew is an extraordinary sunset, a golden, bronze, amber array. Because I feel they basically go hand in hand, the flavor and aroma are floral, fruity and hoppy, grapefruit, pares, caramel, plums, guava, figs, and caramel; it’s extraordinary, but the malty addition keeps it all balanced! The palate is silky sweet, oily, like a light consistency syrup. Hog Heaven is another marvelous masterpiece in my books!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 The label has flying pigs -- how could it NOT be a great beer...Pours amber/ruby with no head. Serious hops are all I smell, but the aroma stays within the glass unlike some other serious barleywines that have an aroma noticeable several inches (or feet) away. One taste says it all. Deliciously complex, but almost perfectly balanced. Alcohol is amazingly hidden between the hops and malt. It is also not sickeningly sweet on the finish like some barleywines. When you get up to this league of beers, any criticism is a matter of personal preference and hair-splitting. This one is truly incredible to me.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
A rough, unrefined, potent brew. Hoppy, bone dry flavor. Alcohol very apparent. Some malt, raisin, and caramel notes. A big bitter beer. Too much for me.

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.


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