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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Garnet with tan head. Nose has hints of fruit, molasses, toffee. Decent body and mouthfeel. Flavor has some sweetness. Caramel. Puts me in mind of another spirit. Maybe a fortified wine like a port. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
(2003) dark scarlet red mixed with shades of mahogany, a thin light wispy head, malty sugary profile, toffee with hints of chocolate, alcohol, fruity – prunes, raisins, nicely hopped, earthy and nutty; flavor is strong and bitter, well-hopped, touches of alcohol, creamy and well-textured, toffee, prunes, hints of chocolate and nuts, a bit light in the finish, some molasses and spices as well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2004
My bottle says No. 011, 2003 bottling. Pours ruby red with a small tan head. Nose is sugary with light alcohol notes, dark fruit, and malt. NICE! Taste is alcohol, sugary sweet malt, caramel, and more fruit. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and only a splash of bitterness during the finish. It's probably only a few months old but this is a rather perfect condition for a barley wine to be in. Similar to Legend Barleywine, in that it was also already "mature". Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Garnet body with significant carbonation and a tight silky sand-colored head. Sweet candy-like aroma of caramel, overripe berries, brandy, and musk. Sweet and leathery with a bitter finish. Has some wood polish elements in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2003 (Bottle)... Crystal clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of chocolate and toffee with some vinous notes. Nice, rich, malty flavor. Generous hop addition. Decently balanced. The high ABV is well-hidden. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, bitter finish. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Clear chestnut, little head. Pungent aroma, dominated by sweet malty ambrosia, with caramel, bread, and a light fruitiness of oranges and plums. Flavor is medium sweet, vinous, with whisky, oak and cherry notes. Evinces a dry nutty bitterness. A bit too much effervescence to appreciate the taste fully, but some age could help that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Enjoyable "big" beer--big flavors of raisin, caramel, alcohol, spices, and warming acids. Deep red/amber color. Sweet but not especially sticky. Something seemed out of balance. There's a sharp edge in the finish. (on tap, BridgePort BrewPub, Portland)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2003. Bright and clear old cherry wood color with only a small cover of heavy cream colored bubbles. Caramel, rum butter, apricots, and light chocolate with undertones of alcohol and resin. Oily start leads to a medium body which seems to become watery in during the taste. Earthy malt and fermented/over ripe fruit flavors. Very strong and lasting bitterness in the finish. I would have to say a prefer a malty finish.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, 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.

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