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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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This Barley Wine Style Ale is brewed with double amounts of malts and hops to create a rich, mahogany colored, resinous brew. Aged for three full months before release, this ale is complex, strong, malty and full of character.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3681) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Bottle</B Pours a clear red/amber with a medium light tan head. Very nice sticky lacing. Aroma is of apricots, prunes,apples, butterscotch and Brandy/alcohol in the background. Flavor is faint and plain. Malty, dark roast and woody. The ABV is bately noticeable and don’t notice much hops either. A softy easy feel that goes down easy. A simple, somewhat boring BW but plain and easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap at BridgePort, sampled 4 August 2004. This was the cask-conditioned version. Deep red body with a thin cream-colored head. Dark fruit aroma with caramel and, yes, alcohol. Bourbon was apparent yet not too aggressive in the flavor, complemented by caramelized malts, brown sugar, and alcohol. Not very complex, reminiscent of a few American versions of the "wee heavy" style. Hops were subdued. Average to below-average fare for a barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This barley wine pours with a deep red-brown/mohagony body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter wtih candy sugar notes and alcohol notes. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with notes of alcohol and a touch of caramel and candy sugar. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue yet smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
RBSG 2004: Clear orange/red color, small white head. Raisins, plums and brown sugar in the aroma, starts off lightly sweet and gets a bit more sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, lively carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Dark, opaque, reddish appearance, moderate head formation. Malty, jammy aroma, preserved fruits, sherry trifle. Red winey palate, plenty of berries (raspberry) up front, sweet and fruity, strong attack of citric bitterness and astringency. I love hoppy IPA’s but the hops just seem to tarnish the vinuous fruity character. Almost great but just spoiled a little.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Dark orange-brown with a faint red trace. No real head-- a bit of a cognac appearance. Somewhat faint aroma, but it’s pretty straightforward for the style with fruity malts. Flavor is dark, twiggy whiskey with subtle caramel. Pretty imbalanced even for a barley wine. Some metallic potency on the finish. Prickly. Medium-full body, sticky on the lips, but not much there. Not close to a great beer, but a serviceable barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle. Poured nice red amber with a tin tan head that left good lacing. Fruity malts and alcohol in the nose. Smooth, sweet flavor with a little hops and a bitter finish. Full body and mild carbonation. A serviceable barley wine, but nothing out of the ordinary.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
I really liked this barleywine, which is not one of my favorite styles. Attractive pour at the brewpub and inviting. Aromas are vinous and sweet. Flavors are ever so slightly sour with caramel and toffee plus hop power. Body is rich and decadent. This is really great IMHO...a top tier barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
blood touched deep amber color with a halo of larger bubbles...sour rubbing alcohol soaked hop buds and fruits in the nose...deep & malty and significantly sweet flavors...nice and smooth (like the rap group) not overly complex though, but maybe its just too young.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4468) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but it’s too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed.


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