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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16460) - 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 (2486) - 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 (3324) - 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 (2880) - 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 (3360) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-13-2007 17:30:36 This was a 2004 vintage on tap at the Falling Rock for Barleywine month. Poured into a pint glass it was dark red-orange with a very short white head. The smell was faint and indistinct. The taste was good but didn’t taste much like a barleywine, more like a malty DIPA. I couldn’t taste the alcohol I definitely felt it after drinking this one. Oh well I wanted to try this for some time and now I have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2008

2003 Vintage (11th Bottling)

6//2008: BridgePort Old Knucklehead 2003 Barley Wine Style Ale has a milky, dark copper/amber-color. The a thin, but creamy and dense dark ivory crown really doesn’t last very long. Sweet dark fruits (dates, raisins, touch of fig), soft caramel, creamy vanilla, and well-aged alcohol (brandy-like) are detected in the aroma. This barleywine has a very refined and well-aged flavor. It is sweet, but not overly so and just slightly oxidized at this point (5+ years only). Flavors include molasses, raisins, and charred cedar. The once citrusy hops have collapsed and aged into a nice leathery, kind of pruny and tobacco-like flavor minged with dried apricot in the background and finish. The alcohol can be felt, but it is quite muted in the flavor. This beer has a medium body and is really smooth. It is also a bit lighter and more watery than expected, but maybe feels this way due to lack of carbonation. Otherwise, this barleywine exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed it.

12 fl. ounce bottle (Alc 9.1% by Vol, 04303) from kyzr via trade in September 2006. Thanks Mitch! Rating #166 for this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2008
The Dan Journal #183. Tasted 5/30/08. 22oz bomber. Hazy with a dark amber hue. Layer of skim bone white head. Aromas of lemon and citrus. Brownies and crusty cookies. Full bodied and bitter. Big grapefruit flavor. Sticky rolling palate. Tart and bitter. Good hoppy flavor. Apple-like flavor. Touch burnt and a good palate. Bright rye note. Cocoa nd chocolate. Dark dried fruit and residual sugary flavor. Above par.

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