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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 18, 2012
really good stuff. strong rich and slight alco esters in the nose, cognac quaff with a wine finish, hoppy bite at the end, really tasty

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2012
[Bottle, I believe thanks go to Bob for this beer] Pours reddish-brown with a beige head. A very fruity beer. Strawberry and red grape are dominant, with notes of...celery? creeping in. Wow, that is weird. Candy like character creeps in as it warms too. Medium-thin mouthfeel, with a decent length finish. Overall, this was just bizarre. I sometimes get strange flavors or smells, but the celery in this was just unmistakable and really became quite strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4880) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 2003 Bottle, deep amber pour with a light cream head. Nose is syrup, alcohol, chewy, light hops, and caramel. Nice palate, flavor is caramel, sweet, chewy, and a great finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap at the brewpub on Marshall St. in downtown Portland, OR. Brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Rather subdued aroma of toffee and graham cracker with a light floral hop presence. The taste is more sweet than hoppy with tons of toffee and caramel but does feature a bit of a hop bite on the back end. Certainly made in more of the classic sense than an American barleywine but it is done quite well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks, Keir! He said it was a 2007. Pours a deep, clear red-amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma had dark fruits, resin, caramel malts- simple and solid. The flavor was even more resinous, and coupled with a bitterness it suggested there was some hop character left; probably the alcohol, but I could be fooled. Caramel malts and dark fruits round it out. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Good barleywine that apparently ages well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1784) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Draft @ Bridgeport - Pours a clear amber with a frothy dark tan head that maintain pretty well. Aroma is dominated by sweet caramel and toffee malts, some brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor reveals the same as the nose with some pine/resin hops. Smooth sipper and quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 9, 2011
Herb-malziger Antrunk mit spürbarem Alkohol. Etwas muffiger Mittelteil, weiterhin Alkohol, diesmal aber weicher. Das Malz bleibt hinter seinen Möglichkeiten zurück und wirkt nun zuckrig. Dann wieder ausgewogener, leichter Hopfen, trocken. Erdiger und süß-malziger Ausklang. 9/11/11/12/7/11

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2011
A bright and rich red. A woody and fruity nose with a little heat to it. In the mouth it is pretty strong with sweet, juicy fruit flavours and hints of sherry or tawny port. Good if not hugely deep. Hot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sampled on tap at SIB. Pours orange/brown/red and slightly cloudy. Aroma of sweet dry fruits, toasted nuts,caramel, and booze. Flavour of dark roasted nuts, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet and dry.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours hazy orangey amber with a tiny head. Aroma of light toasted caramel, nuts, subtle dark fruits - subtle aroma. Flavour of nuts, toasted caramel, subtle fruits and a boozy finish. Not so complex for a barley wine. Sort of muted flavours. Decent.


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