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RATINGS: 1588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 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 (8987) - 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 (1377) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2003
With minimal foam and a fresh, sweet aroma that lessens and a pretty reddish amber color, this is a fine and subtle barleywine. It's hoppy, and hits your tongue with an initial bite. It's not heavy or syrupy like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. It's really quite good, but not my favorite - California has Colorado beat this time :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 Officially one of my favorites! This heavenly brew pours a deep reddish brown color with a light brown rocky head. As the head diminishes it leaves a slight ring that spawns beautiful lacing with each tip of the glass. The seductive aroma of malt, alcohol and bold hops invites me to drink deeply. As I succumb, I am granted the carnal pleasure of rich toasted malts, surly, uncompromising hops and an alcoholic bitch slap that combine only to arouse pleasurable sensations of a sort I've not experienced since I first tangled with an Arrogant Bastard. This barleywine is full bodied with light carbonation and a long puckering finish that just leaves me wanting more... If this is Hog Heaven, then all I have to say is, “oink, oink!”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Brownish red with a small beige head. Smell caramel, hops, and citrus. Taste hoppy and astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2003
You wouldn't know this is a barley wine at first taste. Intense hops and a sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a damn good brew and what may have encouraged Three Floyds Dreadnaught.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Wow, popped open the bottle and I'm leveled with the intense hop aroma, murky amber with nice sized head. taste is of citrus, floral with some pine notes expertly balnaced with a pleasant caramel malt sweetness. similar to bigfoot but even more balanced, and the hops are a little more restrained but only slightly. a wonderful beer.

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