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RATINGS: 1503   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 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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cheesebucket (5) - USA - JUN 23, 2003 does not count
What can you say about this beauty? I drove to PA from NYC just to find a place that sold Avery goodies. Delicious, sweet beginnings, strong flavored ending. Grows on you sip by sip. Drink with some food in your tummy or it will knock you out quicker than a Lions/Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day. A definite winner. Oddly, the bottle itself is very light for 22 oz. I dont know why that is relevant, but it struck me odd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Had this many times. Thought it was time for a brief rating. Great hop /pine aroma intermingled with the sweetness of toasty malt. Double IPA style IMO, but who cares. It's all good no matter what you call it. Grapefruit, caramel and toffee make up the flavor profile. Soft carbonation. Avery rarely lets me down. Absolutely worth trying if you're a hophead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AleDale (4) - USA - JUN 19, 2003 does not count
I had the pleasure of doing a vertical tasting of this fine beer. Began with a fresh batch, wonderful raw hop flavor, in your face. Then a 9 month batch, more mellow. 18 months old, very nice, much more mellow and refined. The 2 and 3 year olds were fantastic. Problem is, I can't keep them that long!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Under the spell and pull of the radiant and boisterous Bigfoot sun, this translucent burgundy planet reflects pink grapefruit and neat yeast onto its hefty pine troposphere...Pine bark and pine cone bitterness attract bold yet elegant hop pepper from a silky licorice stratosphere...Up above in the thermosphere, obviously, alcohol heat is felt, alongside an orangeberry hybrid sweet bitterness...Upon departure, the exosphere is marked with astringent and bitter traces of tea leaf concentrate...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2003
OK, no beer poems from me. But this is a fine barley wine. Color is a mahogony red, almost no head, but the most amazing lacing I have ever seen. The glass looked like a window that had been sprayed with white "snow" like it had been decorated for Christmas. The beer is caramel sweet and malty, hides a huge alcohol punch, but finishes super hoppy bitter and astringently dry, both unusual for a barley wine. Should come in 8 ounce bottles, not 22 once!

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