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RATINGS: 1533   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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Copper-colored body with a thin, white head. Aroma is great. Malt and hops and sweetness. Columbus hops really taste good too. A bit rough on the back of the the tongue though. Balance is skewed a little too much towards the hops. Should cellar a few and try them later. The huge dry hopping bite may mellow with some age.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1381) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A nice strong beer with a good not too strong flavor. Alcohol content is evident in the warmness following the swallow. Nice color and aroma. Very well done beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
A nice light head with amber body. Bitterness outweighs the malt but maybe some extra aging will mellow it. Overall, a nice barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
An interesting orangish light brown color - almost like iced tea. this has a really great, unique aroma - sweet, malty, fruity, and flowery. The flavor is wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Redness gleamed at me, as in ístopí you are not worthy...As usual I did not see red but green, and proceeded on my way...The head was filled with bubbles patterned in a mysterious intelligible way, like to try to communicate something to me, I unfortunately did not speak the language, Aroma was bombarded by fresh flowery hops yet to be picked..still growing in the bottle...creamy hoppiness budded in my mouth and flowered, piercing my soul w/ a god-like hoppiness that is earth...creaminess came down from the heavens to comfort the presence of such pure hoppy earthness...exquisite!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2002
Very nice flower and perfume aroma, also fruity (little orange). Dark amber color, off-white firm head, very good lace. Love it when a beer looks like this. Not to much carbonatio, just right to keep the head firm and lasting. Initially sweet, very full, lot of hops. Bitter and dry finish. This beer is on the edge for me. Alsmost too much hop, almost too much alcohol noticed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Iím getting the idea that these guys are into radical, scew loose hop action. The backbone of the beer is a pleasant, fruity, brown sugar laced malt action. But writhing anxiously around and above and through that is a lashing of hops that aggressively beg to be noticed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
OK, now listen - I give almost all barley wines high points for complexity and flavor - but to be honest, I find them incredibly hard to drink. I appreciate the flavor - in this case high on the malt and very high on the alcohol - but if I am ever over at your house looking to kick back and have a few, donít offer me a barley wine b/c it will take me all night to drink it - so long in fact that I never really get a buzz off the high alcohol content because I am too busy making a pucker face at the strong flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Aroma of raisons and vanilla with a nice deep red color. Wonderfully balanced, with a nice hop bittery finish. Alcohol flavor is no where to be found. A little thin on the mouthfeel, but still a great barleywine and worth picking up if you see it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2002
Very delicious hop flavor. Alcohol is slightly subdued by malt presence and amazing hop flavors. Iíll drink this again.


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