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RATINGS: 1504   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle pours rich amber brown. Frothy head laces nicely. Fantastic aroma that is inviting. Rich malt flavor with a nice amount of sweetness. The finish is nice and dry with some hop kick and alcohol. This is a very good barley wine.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2283) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Aroma is a lush blend of hops malt and yeast. Appearance is a thick cream colored long-lived head with plenty of Lace and a clear copper amber color. Flavor is very interesting, complex, and related to the palate. But there are some sharp points and edges from the bitterness & the acids from hops and carbonics. This is not a lightweight beer for Serious fans or Alky's. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes reddish brown with an average beige head. Aroma of malt, grain, grass, and alcohol. Taste is malt, grain, grass, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6646) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2014
Tap at Yellow Ape. Very leafy, dank, grassy hop nose with some light caramel hidden out back. Very bitter, very dank and hay-like. This is hugely hopped, but not in any way I really like. Barley gets completely left behind.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (204) - - NOV 2, 2014
Look: pours a reddish copper color. Light tan head. Very clear. Smell: alcohol burn. Slight tropical fruit notes. Caramel. Taste: heavy alcohol. Hop forward. Slight citrus bitterness. Feel: extremely dry. Medium - low carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the mouth. Overall: ok beer. Too much alcohol for my palate. First drank: home 11/2/14

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malkyore (203) - - OCT 27, 2014
Thereís a fine line between barleywine and double ipa... This is so close to the line itís crazy. I feel like a bit of age would do this some good, because itís extremely hoppy. But in all reality I like it a lot...

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krej (114) - USA - OCT 27, 2014
Had this on tap. It is very rich, caramely, and creamy. Has an amazing crystal clear dark caramel color. Love it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2280) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 23, 2014
On tap at Kamikaze. Not in the mood to drink this as what I waited all day tp drink (Ushitora Brewery) for ran out... 750+tx (820) yen for 200 ml 9.2% an opaque deep orange-brown with a filmy beige head and ok lacing. Definitely a us style Barleywine with a huge dank resinous musty hop bouquet and a little maltiness struggling to get through the hop onslaught. Very sharply carbonated and exceptionally bitter - the taste is like licking a pine cone. Not balanced and not really what I want in a Barleywine. I feel it is more like an imperial IPA or triple IPA, just way too hoppy. Maybe if it warms up itíll improve but at this point I just want to go home... Well i was right, it became slightly more balanced after warming up displaying some malt character but remaining a mistly dank resinous bitter beer. Not at all what I want from a Barleywine...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (391) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
Sample tnx to kraddel. Pours amber. Alcoholic, sweet, grainy aroma. Taste strong alcoholic, sweet, bitter Dry and bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4216) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
650 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! This is clearly some kind of vintage but I cannot find a date on the bottle. It is possible that the Vintage is 2013. Dark amber, little head. Typical oxidized nose, herbal, heavy on herbs, bitter old hops. Taste is bitter oxidized, liquorish, bitter herbal, old hops, oxidized bitter herbal-ness, light toffee, grains. Body is aged. Decent but not stellar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3557) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle . Pours amber, rather small white head . Smell is grainy, fresh , bit bitter . Taste is bitter, bit weak , grains , sweet, some metal notes . Nice .


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