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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
First off, it's ugly as all hell. No head, and a weird kind of see-through purple color. A little bit of cherries in the otherwise boring aroma. Very thin and even a little fizzy. I pick up some nyquil underneath all that fizz. I can drink it, but only because I'm a sucker for barleywines. This is way short of what I'm looking for though. I won't be buying this again, especially because there's so many more to choose from that are so much better (Full Sail, Victory, DogFish Head Immort Ale, etc.). No complexity or anything interesting in a positive way at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2004
bottle-sampled at joeT's house alongside aceofhearts. Nice Vicous appearance in the tulip glass. Nice deep garnet hue. Hops in the flavors, but alcohol is also detected but the sweet malts try to mask it. Not that well infused. Could use 1-2 years of aging.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle. Fizzy, reddish-amber. Strong-fruity aroma. Thick pour, a bit effervescent looking. Grapefruit and Chinook hoppish-tasting, quite strong and challenging. Sour, especially in the finish. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
(Vintage 2003) - What we have here is a gorgeous garnet body topped by a fluffy tan head. Glass lacing is very nice. Much more head than you typically see on a barley wine. The aroma is very fruity: cherries and plums mainly. There is also a good amount of sweet caramel and a tad bit of roasted malt. The flavor is also very fruity, yum, lots of plum with cherries lingering in the back. Not much sweetness and a medium amount of bitterness. Body is full and creamy. A bit different than the typical barley wine, but a very nice beer none the less.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Beer pours a reddish amber with a off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is rather restrained with notes of alcohol, hints of malt and hops. Flavor is good but doesn't have the depth of the great barleywines. Nice maltiness with good hop bitterness to offset the malt, just not near enough depth to get the juices flowing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
An intense brew, but a mild barley wine, sweet malty nose, hints of caramel and roasted malts in the flavor, alcohol enthused finish, the body isnt extremely thin, but its not as strong as I'd like it to be, end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Nice brown/ruby color,small off white head that faded quickly but left a small lace behind.The aroma was malty and sweet with maybe a slight metallic smell coming through,light caramel.Nice flavor of malt and fruit with a decent hop presence and the alcohol coming through in a mild amount.Nice light body with a good malt hop after taste and light finish.Decent and fairly drinkable brew,that is well worth trying just for the non-heavy feeling that alot of Barley's tend to have.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2004
bottled into a pint glass: dark rich color, large bubbles not a alot of carbonation. sweet smell alcohol and hops. very strong ....9.1%abv and you can tell their not trying to hide it from ya. a good barley wine , but i like bigfoot better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2004
I've had this a few times but somehow have never got around to rating it. This beer has always been very solid, not too flashy but solid. Thick carmel notes mix with some great oak characteristics to give this a fairly good mouthfeel throughout the alchohol, which is strong. Medium hop level, but enough to make it interesting, aroma seems to be a true reflection of the flavor. This delivers as a barley wine should, and remains faithful.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Strong, pungent aromas and flavors of alcohol and overripe fruits, like sweet and sour caramel and fig. Nice rich color matches the syrup-like texture. I agree with the others that this might mellow over time, but I didn't love it enough to cache it. Certainly appreciate the high ABV in a cheap-ish beer in cold, cold, MT.


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