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RATINGS: 1509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop loverís 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Bottle... This beer rocks!... "...Amber waves of grain..." was inspired by this beautiful ale. The aroma is of alcohol and hops. The flavor? Fresh hops and caramel. Regardless of how Avery classifies this beer, it is an IIPA in my book! The finish is bittersweet and complex. This is more than a 100 IBU beer. They encourage cellaring? Iím afraid too much time would "dumb-down" the hop bite. HOPHEADS REJOICE! World class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2002
Ruby-garnet color; Head had big and medium bubbles; Wife described the aroma as ístinky chocolateí- silly woman. Amazingly mild. Where are all those IBUís? Wonderful burn at the back of the throat. The alochol is F-117-style... stealthy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Bottle. A sweet fruit aroma (peach, berries, grapefruit) and amber color. Hops upfront, dry, floral, malty. Seems like a sweet-fruity IPA, but it has some of the depth of a true barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 3, 2002
A sparkling dark amber like a slightly dark Sierra Nevada. There are hops up front that greet you in a full aroma of something both very pleasant with hints of pine and melon and oxidized/odd. The brew drinks smoothly and easily though the hop oddness keeps coming back to me. Small hints of toast and cracker but mostly clean and clear malt sweetness with traces of honey. Now as it warms, itís coming into double IPA territory. Big aroma up front, tidy and tight mid section and a whopping rear end. Not quite cohesive hopping. Iím hoping the malt flavors will deepen and meld with the softer hop flavors as the brew ages. I donít this will brighten but it can be cleaned up as the converting sugars make for a cleaner palate and the hops soften.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Overhopped as you might expect, and quite punishingly hoppy in the mouth as well, but it does have a nice thick mouthfeel. Still just not my cup of hop-tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 1999: The aroma a hopheadís delight. But what a complex ale. Great hop nose and very chewy. (4.5) 2000: More subdued than years past. A bit sour and acidic. Very grapefruity and piney. Good head and aroma, which is all about the citrus rind. (3.7) 2000 update: Frothy foam with nice stick power. No yeast particles to be found. Aroma is marshmallowy, toasted, caramel, and passion fruit. Undertones of chocolate and pine are also apparent. Flavors of orange rind, pineapple, and alcohol. A dry, tea-like leafiness becomes more apparent as it nears room temp. Coarse, piney, earthy hops abound the senses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Deep garnet, with a rather thin beige head a decent lace. Nose floral, citrusy, hints of malt, maybe a touch of the 9.2 abv. Front is malt and somewhat sweet, the top light, the finish is íHugeí, hops dominate, followed by the alcohol, somewhat dry, moderate carbonation, and a beer that will not appeal to many, but I like the bitter hop aftertaste that lingers long afther the beer is gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
This beer poured out a dark amber/copper color with a small white head. It left some lace. Aroma of malt, hops and some alcohol present. The taste had some citrus, slightly sweet(maybe carmel); alcohol and malt presence. Some elements of an IPA. This is my first barleywine, so is hard for me to measure against others. Review may change later due to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2002
A very fine barley wine. Pours with a fine cloudy amber color and a nice frothy head that sticks around for a while. The taste is pure hops with a nice malt backbone. In fact, even my girlfriend, who does not typically like barley wines, helped me with the bomber. If you like IPAs and you want to try a good barley wine,... try this one. It definitely is a pleaser!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 WOW, great barley wine beer. The strong aroma is met by a suprissingly good beer. This is some good stuff.5/21/02-I drank one of the 22oz bombers after my last College final 2 weeks ago. All i can say is that this has alot of hops(columbus) but there is a very high malt sweetness in the middle that is excellent. SN bigfoot is much more bitter than this unless the SN is aged. all i can say about the bomber experience is that it gets you MESSED UP!!! update-1/31/03-got to try this on tap at the map room and this was sensational. This brew will always have a place in my belly as one of the finest barleywines out there. ReRate-11/13/04 This brew still holds a great place in my heart, but i just had a bomber bottle of this last night and i must say its just a tad thin to be top notch. The aroma, at least on this bomber was not that hopppy-very sweet malts. appearanec was not dark enough to really be a great barleywine. flavors make up for the thin palate and lacking appearance.

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