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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
I had this beer on cask in downtown portland and it was by far the jewel of my west coast roady. It had a dark ruby red color. The initial taste was very creamy and winelike and ulimately finished with fruity, yeasty perfection. Well masked alcohol too. Cask-conditioning made this beer totally awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
1999 vintage, rated 2003
Dark amber-orange; aroma is typical of barley wines this age - toffee, chocolate, molasses, with slight band-aid phenols. Rich complex malt profile - earth and pine included. Solid and serviceable, as it's always been.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2002
1999 version. Deep amber, slightly cloudy, minimal head. Aroma is sweet, slightly vinous, rich. Taste is straight-up barleywine -- sweet (somewhat fruity), big hoppy beer, with loads of malts balancing things out. Good alcohol burn on the swallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 93 version. Dark amber. Good nose . Some alcohol heat Re Rate 03 version:Gorgeous sparkling brown, lasting tan head.Small intense bead.Malt,light alcohol nose.Full bodied malt/molasses profile with medium bitterness and medium alcohol heat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Bottle of the 1997 vintage tasted in November 2002. Dark amber to brown color with minimal head. The nose has raisins, bread, and sweet malts. Not overly complex but it does the job in a more subtle way. The finish is surprisingly quick, although it does leave that classic barley wine aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden even if it is a bit warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Dark amber color, medium head. Richly malted and intensely hoppy, Well aged and barley wine style ale. This is the 1999 version, tasted in May 2001; aging has not harmed this beer. Complex subtle flavors, mix of malt and hops nearly resinous in taste. Aging has done some interesting things with the malt sugars in this beer; there are many layers of taste and interaction. Mouthfeel is full and round. Very smooth. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is hoppy and malty, a little bitter. No noticeable alcohol bite, despite the 9.1% alcohol. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very malty. Full bodied. Not overly hoppy. A little too much alcohol aroma and flavor. It could be improved by hiding the alcohol a little better. If you visit either of the Bridgeport brewpubs, ask for this beer. Its sometimes not listed on the menu but available nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 25, 2002
This was a 1992, tasted in 2002 - lots of sediment, wonderful aroma, very tasty, may have been past its prime and not always cellared well. This is a very good beer, should have drank it two years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Bottle Cloudy orange with a high alcohol nose and an off yellow head. Very subtle malt profile and well balanced. Seemed bigger this time but still a gentle barley wine. 3-11-02 3.3 I had the 2000 out of a keg. It had a nice balance but was too small for the style. As noted, the flavor is not as complex as the good barleywines, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2497) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2001
1997 sampling: The least complex barleywine I have tried. Peppery and malty. Not enough body to age well. Dregs in the bottle are hard to leave in. I only poured 10 oz. in to avoid ruining it.

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