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RATINGS: 247   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep ruby. Candy, taffy, fruity, powdery sugars. Not well masked, strong, sweet, peachy/fruity. Sugars last too long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
So I bombed an exam and needed a beer. I picked up one that called me by what I felt like: Old Nucklehead. The high alcohol content should help calm my nerves and allow me to sleep so I can start cramming for tomorrow's final. Oh yeah, about the beer... Cool bottle with a nice story. 2003 bottling on this one. "...[D]ouble the amount of malts and hops." Pours flawlessly and a beautiful head that leaves a very nice lace. Smells great. If you didn't read the label, this is when you realize this ain't no 3.2 beer. Spicy malt makes its way through the alcohol scent. The taste is great, but man can you taste the alcohol. It's almost like someone spiked it with a nice vodka. Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada does a much better job masking this content. This, IMO, is the only thing holding me back from giving it a *much* higher rating. The only reason it didn't get a higher rating in drinkability is, well, by now you know. If you don't mind the taste of alcohol, you will absolutely love this barleywine. I think I'm going to pick up a few bottles and cellar it for a while to see if I can get it to mellow a bit. Otherwise, this is world-class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pours a deep amber color with a great deal of dates and malt in the nose. A very deceptively strong ale. No, 9.1% is not that strong for the style, but if you serve this below 5oF you would never guess that its a strong beer until you got done with it. Very lightly hopped for an American Balrey Wine. Wonderful malt flavors remind one of J.W. Lee's with only one drawback,... this has only been aged for 3 months. Grassiness and green apples are present in the palte. This should be aged for at least another 6 months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1189) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2003: Light aromas of dried fruit. Deep color with very little head. Flavors of sour apples with a bitter finish. Needs to stand for a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
2003 - This was extremely tasty, very light in the aroma, mouthfeel and taste, still very young and green. Would be exquisite in a couple of years when aged. A beautiful ruby color, with a rocky tan head. Marvelous malty flavor, that is nicely sweet and lightly bitter. A very warming barleywine. Good ol' Fred Eckhart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2003 - Nice subtle malt aroma. Malty backbane with a good balance of bitterness. Still a bit young. This beer should age quite well.

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