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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Big, bold, and out of control, Annihilator is an American barleywine that will unleash a barrage of flavors on your palate. It begins with a base of British Maris Otter barley for a solid foundation. Smatterings of dark British crystal malts are added for toffee and caramel accents. A three-hour boil helps enrich the deep and complex malt backbone. A heavy dose of Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade hops gives this mighty barleywine a bright and citrusy bitterness. Annihilator is waiting to be challenged by discriminating drinkers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
A fruity start (citrus, apricot, perhaps grape) morphs into a sweet warm feel with hearty malt and finishes with a moderate, woody hop character. Surprising and unique!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Enjoyed on tap as a sampler pour at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach, CA. Really nice barley wine, appearance a marky caramel amber with almost no head. Aroma rich in syrupy caramel malt and abundant and diverse hops. Taste goes down relatively smooth and straight up potent. Gets better as it warms. Wish I could've had a proper glass, but I would've been annihilated :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
On tap. Great Barley Wine with lots of complexity, and dry enough to make it a pleasure to drink. Hazy (one of their murkier beers) bronze hue with a lasting off-white head with good lace, and some stray alcohol legs. Aromas are hoppy, citrus, pine and spicy. Alcohol, very rich malt with caramel and melanoidin caramelization. Some bready notes. Dark fruit esters, prunes, ripe plums, resins and mild vanilla. Flavors are mildly sweet up front, dark fruits, plums, dates, figs. A mild booze smack. Caramel, alcohol, medium to high bitterness, fruity, citrus hop flavors. Mild resin. Very nice balance with a rich caramelization. Lingering flavors. Creamy carbonation, warming, fuller bodied. Finish is a balance of alcohol (not a harsh alcohol), and bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
From tap at Brouwers. Pours clear and golden dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish. Sweet, caramelish, dark malty and light spiced hoppy. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Tasting flight. Pours an average, clear amber with light tan head. Aroma is mild, at best, but doesn’t attract or detract from the beer. Possibly from the glass. Taste is a hop bomb at first. Loads of clean, new hops with some mild toffee and then some more English malt character midway through. The finish is a more overpowering sweetness and hops. Kind of like a "triple" IPA that is super fresh. From the other reviews I wonder if this batch is extremely fresh. This one was one of the better examples of what I love in a barleywine, aka not to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
On tap in Long Beach. It pours dark amber with a khaki head. The aroma is toasty with hints of cocoa, caramel, raisins and cherry candy. The flavor is thick and chewy with lots of alcohol, raisins, cherries, toast and a bit of spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Nice warmer with huge flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Draft - Lots of sweet and Woody caramel. Clear Amber with a nice beige head. Nice sweetness, tons of hops and a well balanced bitterness. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours an almost perfect copper color with a frothy off-white head. A pleasant toasted malt aroma and a strong pine and resin hop character. There is also some grapefruit peel and lots of toffee and caramel. The flavor has an almost woody flavor initially from the intense pine hop character. Lots of toasted malt as well as caramel, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. There is a pleasant fruitiness that comes through as the beer warms up. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, birch syrup, chewy malts, oatmeal with raisins. Flavor is just sweet enough and just hoppy enough. Nice yeasty, sweet cake notes and brown sugar on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Sample at the Aces & Ales Winter Beer Fest on 01/16/2015. The beer pours a dark murky mahogany color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, roast malt and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops. The finish is malty up front with a slightly fruity hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

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