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RATINGS: 1482   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2003
Could a guy with sinus problems miss the aroma here? DON'T THINK SO. Like sticking your head in a bag of hops. I don't think I have EVER had a beer with so pronounced an aroma. Not like I have never had a dry hopped beer before in my life. Think that perhaps were this not a barleywine with enough malt backbone that I would be spitting out hops. I have had this before and must have had my head planted way too far up my ass because I just don't remember this assault. It's a nice one - getting the floral bouquet/bitter onslaught rolling not so gracefully toward the hint of caramel malt so that a weenie like me doesn't run home to mommy. With all this going on the alcohol strength isn't even a consideration in the flavor. If I eat my vegetables can I have another bottle?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2003
Definitely a very bold, bitter and beautiful beer that gets all of my high respect. This one pours a nectary reddish orange color, very clear with a thin creamy tanned head. The aroma is predominated by citrusy florals and caramel malts. The taste is almost completely caramel malts upfront followed by a serious hop bitterness which makes for a beautiful contrast from the initial overbearing sweetness of the malt. Some serious alcohol here that is hidden beyond belief..i cant even tell that 9.2% ABV is in here until it hits ya like a ton of bricks. The carbonation is done very nicely...light and syrupy body...nice mouthfeel..good contrasts and sweet, dry malty ending. Another excellent brew from Avery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Amber color; creamy head; long lasting lace; Strong hop aroma: with citrus undertones. Well balanced creamy palate with spicy hops--very smooth. Thank you KrisB and a happy birthday to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Full taste, huge hops, almost too hoppy. Nice and bitter though. Well balanced mouthfeel. Good aftertaste. Could be more complex, but other than that, this beer is on point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2003
This is a very nice beer. Dark amber in color and just a bit similar to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Aroma was not much to speak of. Color is a deep orange. Head was sticky, sugary and quite lacey. Big hop and malt flavor, not to sweet. I love hoppy barley wines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Deep amber look, good sized head that dissipates quickly. Very sweet aromas of apricots and pears. Taste is like biting into a ripe apricot, very sweet and sugary. Overall this is very smooth, but with a syrupy aftertaste. [rerate needed].

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
Great barley wine. small head, but nice lacing ... definite fruit tones in the finish ... alcohol is well-hidden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
This to me is a barleywine/IPA mixture. One of the few beers of this type that are dominated by hops. Best served with chicken wings that have been marinated in hog heaven and fried in bacon drippings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Traditional barley wine copperish tone with minimal head. Has a caramelish sweet aroma. Caramel malts definetely dominate the flavor, maybe even some subtle dark fruits make a showing. Aight brew.

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