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RATINGS: 236   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2009
As the Old Knucklehead leaves office, I thought I’d sample this brew. 22oz from Bottletrek. Moderate garnet pour with a 1.5 finger foam head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves substantial lacing. Very sweet aroma, sharp toffee notes blending with malts, bourbon, vanilla, and an odd spice that I can’t place. Even at a year or so, it’s a tad hot. But there are abundant dark fruits that come to the fore as the beer settles in, combining with heat and spice to give the beer an oddly mentholated quality. Overall, there’s not a whole lot distinctive about it but it’s a solid, above average barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Light brown pour with a small white head. Very fruity smell, definite malt and maybe a little hop to it. Malty fruity flavor with more hop than you’d expect in a barleywine. An okay offering, but not my preferred take on the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of pesiny hops, some dark fruit, sweet malt. Tastes syruppy and overly sweet with a heavy astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2008
Draught @ Bridgeport Brewing. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweet malty slightly fruity hoppy vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter dark fruit flavor with some oaky hints. Has a sweetish malty hoppy dark fruit finish with some hints of oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrob21 (2704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Muted fruity aroma with some plum and raisin. Slightly off flavor of dirty and funky cheese. Not very pleasant there. Lacking the complexity and balance of many of the bw’s I’ve had recently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2008
ruby chestnut pour with fading head.Oaky vanilla scents are coupled with a dried fruit, toasted chocolate, quiet burbon and brandy aroma. A piney hop bittering and almost nutty flavor works with a brandylike warming taste which lingers with complexity on the palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3503) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
From a 12 oz bottle it was interesting to compare to the Bourbon Ages version. Like the other, it poured a very deep garnet color with a rich foamy off-white head with big bubbles that left virtually no lacing. Nose of caramel malts and light hops, Rich mouthfeel. Flavor is the rich malts,e. Great bitter hop finish. Very comparable, but without the bourbon odor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12oz-2003. Very nice dark red color, awsome. Light tan head. Very easy to drink, could get ripped very easily. Very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle - 1999 vintage; purchased at Bottleworks in March 2008; opaque, dark amber with no head and lots of floaties; big nose of sugary malts, caramel, dank fruit and toffee; alcohol is obvious and very minor oxidation; flavors of stale oranges and cherry syrup; mildly off putting and maybe a little past its prime

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Bomber via trade with Suzy Greenberg. Shared with My GF Cyn, Bikesandbeer, and his GF Jessi @ San Diego Veledrome Bike Races. This was the beer we missed when all of us but Cyn were at the brewpub. Pours copper with an off white head. Nos is great, very sweet and oaky. Taste is sweet and nice, a lot of alc that fades as it warms. OVerall a pretty good BW.

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