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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A barleywine style ale with a rich full bodied flavor balancing a single variety hop bitterness with a heady sweetness.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle into red wine glass, 2008 vintage. Thanks to ppoitras for this one. Pours a very hazy, almost murky red-brown, with an off white head that starts off small and disappears quickly. Nose starts off sweet and fruity, apples come through along with a bit of caramel, and quite a bit of rye. Even more rye as the beer warms. Some ripe red berry as well, underneath. The taste, however, makes up for it. Dominated by sweet, rich, spicy rye with some sweet caramel and nicely prickly hops, which grab onto a fruity sweetness that hints at apples and maramalade. Hops seem to be integrated in - the whole flavor is rather seamless, hops and malt and rye and sweet and bitter all kind of melding together. Leads to a couple of things: one, this isnít what Iíd call a complex beer. There seems to be one rather integrated flavor rather than multiple flavor profiles hitting separately, which isnít necessarily a bad thing. Two, coupled with nary a hint of alcohol, you get an insane smoothness that makes the beer stupidly drinkable. Drinks like a 6.5% abv beer. Finish is lightly bitter, a bit warming. Mouthfeel is thick, a bit syrupy, with a fluffy, prickly carbonation that just matches perfectly with the prickly hops and the spicy rye.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle sampled at a friends house. From notes. Caramel and toffee with loads of sweet and dark fruits. Very good.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1465) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma of sweetbread and butterscoth. Dark brown, looks like a dubbel more than porter or schwarz. Really spicy, featuring baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Thick and heavy, though not obviously boozey. Like a winter warmer imperialized. This is hard to put away, and I donít say that easily.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle 2013 on the front of the label. Pour has a dark brown color with a coating of dark tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, grains, a bit of spice, and some hops. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation good. Flavor has an interesting malt combo, mild roast, chocolate, some bitterness, and complementing spices. Flavors are well integrated and this does not come off hot at all.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 Poured a murky, gloomy brown with which sustained a thin-ringed beige head barely a fingernail in length resting atop the terrible-looking stuff below. Seized nougat, Camellia sinensis leaves, malt, powdered sugar, and candy canes by mid-palate. Holiday spices and butterscotch by swallow. Weak shit. I know that Iím never going to have this again. What were Berkshire attempting to achieve here? Over-sweet and over-complicated clutter? Probably not, but thatís the way it came out.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2013
From the 650ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Cloudy dark brown pour with a long lasting tan head that leaves a good supply of lacing and never really goes away. The aroma has so much character it is hard to define it precisely. Iíd say I picked up barley malts, cocoa, coffee, plum, fig, and a vague earthy hop note. For a 9% ABV there is no alcohol which one often gets with a Barleywine. The body is smooth and falls into the medium to bold range. I am drinking this fresh in 2013 but it feels as if it has been properly cellared for a year or more. The malts, coffee, cinnamon, spice, and the earthy hops blend together well and are not overpowering likle it can be for a fresh Barleywine. And the booze is impossible to pick up. Really well balance and one of the better Barleywines I have had fresh ever. Thus my high rating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
22 oz bottle. From Ryan and Caseyís, Greenfield, MA. 2011 vintage. The first glass had real nice clarity. Slow steady carbonation producing a thin layer of white head that had decent lace. Smell is light hops, light fruit and toffee. A bit thin in body almost watery. Flavor mirrors the nose. Overall I sit here and sip this and my overall thought areÖ this brew is very under-whelming. At least the ABV is masked after a year of sitting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodisian (66) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
eh.. I enjoy myself some barleywine, especially on the sweeter side of things, but this one failed to materialize for me. Was more like a cross between a DIPA and a barleywine, but somehow it also felt watered down. That being said, given the price point is much lower than similar BWs, this is a pretty good value. 2012 vintage.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1151) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours a clear dark golden, slightly amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is of hops, grass, grain, bread, and a little booze. Slightly over carbonated than I was expecting. Flavors include hops, pine, malts, grain, some earthiness, and pine. Leaves a dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours copper with a disappearing beige head and a fruity alcohol aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit and treacle flavor with an alcohol trail.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2008 bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours hazy dark and ruddy with a transient head. Aroma is cola and medicinal. Med body. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. An ale that is coming across as prematurely aged, but itís marvelous.


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