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RATINGS: 1522   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a clear cherry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that receded down to a few puddles and a large collar, which did produce excellent sheeting of lacing. The aroma was mildly sweet of a toasted caramel malt, grassy hops and a doughy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit), dark fruit (plums and figs), caramel and a mild alcohol tinge. The taste was powerful to say the least, with a strong malty caramel sweetness that lasted only seconds before being overshadowed by an intense hoppy bitterness along with hints of dark fruit, citrus peel and a big alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a decently long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitter alcohol warming taste left to linger on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a strong dry texture and a tickly carbonation. Overall a very intensely flavorful brew, sweet yet hoppy, bitter yet smooth, a beer in a class of its own, truly a hop heads dream Barleywine...


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (448) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
It pours a cloudy like brown with a tan head. As the head dissipates, lacing is present. It has the smell of dried fruit, molasses, alcohol, with a sweet fruit smell. It has a surprisingly sweet fruit taste with molasses and caramel. The bitterness is more on the mild side compared to others in the class except for a twinge in the back. The bitterness became more pronounced as I drank more. It produces a pleasant warming on the way down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jur (411) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle @ home, from WholeFoods, Addison. Hog heaven and hop heaven! Rich, walnut, rosebud, booze and hops. Well balanced, very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1027) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Dark amber with thin rimming beige head; aroma is blend of hops and malt sweetness; flava is roasty and hoppy upfront nicely blended with a malty sweetness with notes of molasses and sweet cherry; feels medium with decent foamy fizziness; finishes dry slightly bitter and herbal notes.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eriff (1) - Socorro, New Mexico, USA - JAN 17, 2015 does not count
Appearance Pours clear dark amber orange color with nice head and great lacing Aroma light citrus and grassy sweet aroma Taste very smooth light citrus notes in the beginning lot of body very creamy and smooth slight bitterness throughout ending with a bit more slight hint of bourbon alcohol taste Overall Very nice and refreshing take on a barley wine dry hop addition definitely made this a great beer bit lacking on Aroma

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1453) - Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Unclear deep amber with big lasting frothy light khaki head. Great balance throughout. Nice hoppiness. Super.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1343) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
On tap at the Fred. Dark copper, with a small, filmy, off-white head and tons of lacing. Lots of caramel in the nose, with some notes of resin, pine, and some herbs. Very bitter, with a strong malty, sweet backbone. Heavy body, syrupy, astringent and chewy. This is a stick, overhopped mess of a beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
musinj6 (434) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a hazy copper with one finger head leaving mild to moderate lacing. . Aromas of lasted malt, resinous hops. Taste is very bitter. Pine, grapefruit peel. Perhaps a hint of spice. medium to full bodied. with chewy palate and soft carbonation. Very long bitter finish. Reminds me more of a double/triple IPA than a classic barley wine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCaptMatey (147) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Poured a dark amber to orange colour with a off white head that left thick lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel, and hints of candied fruits. Flavor is roasted sweet malts, hops, faint citrus, molasses, and sweet fruits. Medium bodied with light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel ending in a slightly harsh bitter finish. The bitterness seems to increase with each sip, but the overall flavor is well balanced between bitter and sweet elements.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (301) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
On tap at Banter Bar, Brooklyn, 2013 vintage. Pours a chestnut brown with a small white head with lacing that clings to the sides. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fig, some mild hops in the back. Flavor is similar. Lots of fig, and toffee, caramel. Lovely hop finish. Really only get the hop bitterness in the finish. So nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2015
22 oz. bomber, pours cloudy amber into tulip glass. Off-white 1/2 inch head quickly dissipates, leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Malty nose with a slight hop balance, the brewer’s description of caramel-candy malt finish is right on target. Resinous, floral hoppiness just enough to balance all that malt, this bottle is fresh so I wonder what it would be like if cellared for 3 years, perhaps too malty if the hops get lost over time. Will have to find another bottle and set it aside for comparison. If you love IPAs but haven’t had a barley wine, you might be disappointed as it isn’t so hoppy as described. But if you love a good barley wine, this is a fine example of how to balance heavy malts with solid hops.


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