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RATINGS: 1489   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
Best Barley wine I have tasted to date. Try this one if you can find it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 There has been some criticism about this beer being over hopped. That it is, but there is a place in this world for a wildly hopped barley wine. It tastes like chewing on a hop pellet. I brew beer, and have tried over hopping, and I can tell you that there is more to it than just dumping the hops in. These guys have pulled it off, and this barley wine is very good! It is definitely hoppy, but there is more going on. PS - I live near the brewery and have access to this nectar. I would like to try Victory Old Horizontal to compare, but can't get it. If you are in a similar situation but on the other end, e-mail me and we can swap! PSS- To Aledrinker: more hops????

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Reddish brown, hazy. Big grapefruit aroma. Bitter. A very tasty typical American veriosn of barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2002
Excellent barley wine. I thought the hops balanced the heavy maltiness very well. I noticed a touch more diacytel than I normally enjoy in barley wines, but it worked very well here.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - DEC 3, 2001
This stuff was ok. Bottle may have not been the freshest, but I was somewhat dissapointed after hearing rave reviews of this beer. Needs more hops as far as I m concerned. Doesnt compare to Old Horizontal.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
Very floral aroma - hoppier than Behemoth or Horizontal. Balanced, very hoppy accent but a fair bit of sweet malts that dance with each other on the palate. Tasty, and certainly on the right track, but not ready to bang with the big boys yet. A little light on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2001
Aroma is malty and sweet, with some hop aroma as well. This beer is a clear medium red color. Leaves the ’Brussels lace’ on the side of the glass, a good sign. Has an interesting component as far as the flavor development goes, it’s quite unique as well. Starts off hoppy, then quickly turns to the maltiness, which has a bit of bite to it as well, and then the aftertaste is nice and hoppy again. It is somewhat obvious that this beer is intensely hopped. Intriguing, and good. Try it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
inthebuff99 (11) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2001
This is the best Barleywine I have tried. The aroma and flavor perfectly balance the alcoholic after tones. Very good mouth feel and not so to heavy like other barley wines.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2000
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Excellent nose; teases the olfactory senses before the first sip. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle. The flavor has a curiously intense, yet controlled hoppiness. Malts are thick and sweet, complementing the large dosage of hops perfectly. Wonderful hoppy aftertaste lingers; bitterness resides on the tongue too, well after swallowing. This beer really warms your throat and soothes your mind. Very relaxing and tasty.


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