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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Bottle - 2003 - Batch No. 11. Pours bronze with an edgy tan head. Caramel malt brown sugar sweet aroma with yeast (dough) and fruit hops, cinnamon. Hoppy acidic malt and toffee flavor with alcohol notes. Medium bodied and dry, fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: March 05, 1998
Appearance: Dark amber, whispy head
Aroma: strong fruity malt aroma with slight floral hops
Flavor: sweet fruity malt flavor, light hopping, light bitterness, nice warming finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Score: **4

Date: February 23, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Vintage: 1999
Appearance: Dark amber, frothy tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, low bitter finish, slight alcoholic essence

Date: September 27, 2004
Vintage: 1999
Appearance: muddy brown
Aroma: sweet malt aroma with hints of ripe fruit
Body: big body
Flavor: incredable rich malt flavor, lots of dark fruity character, low bitterness keeps it all balanced, has really matured and blended nicely

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: **4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (10577) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2009
1999. Bottle, this was actually a sample from a cracked bottle that someone(nameless) left in the freezer. Cloudy amber pour. Aroma of honey, wood, fruit, and some alcohol. A bit of oxidation is noticeable on the nose and the tongue. Flavor is honey, fruit and some tartness. This is good. But not fabulous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2003 (Bottle)... Crystal clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of chocolate and toffee with some vinous notes. Nice, rich, malty flavor. Generous hop addition. Decently balanced. The high ABV is well-hidden. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, bitter finish. Very good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Sample during the 10th Annual Day Before Labor Day Party on 09/06/2015. Clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Malt, fruit and caramel in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, cherry and slight hops. The finish is chewy with a fruity and malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
Soapy off-white head, a hoppy barleywine. Carmel malt, a little roast. 2003 edition, average barleywine. A complexity of hops, citrus,cinammon and fruit. It all sounds tastier than it really is. Maybe by itself at dinner. Ohio International gathering, thanks JSquires.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Draught at the Bridgeport Brewery Co, Portland, OR. Deep amber colour with a tiny white head. Mild sugary sweet and malty aroma. Sugar, malt, alcohol and more alcohol in the flavour. Not my favourite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Dark red pour with white head, aroma and tastes include vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, with some bitter roast and some burnt caramel. Pretty good, standard malt-driven barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 1999: 6.5 year old bottle. No head when poured. Rich and sweet nose, you can smell the oxidation easily, but it’s not too much of a bad thing with this beer. Subdued overall, perhaps even a bit bland at times, with some light plums and light alcohol apparency.

2003: Deep copper brown. Nose of red wine, cedar, and strawberries, but loses a point for too strong of an alcohol aroma. A little thin initially on the tongue, with not too much carbonation but also not much alcohol present on the tongue, so the experience is all kind of mellow and soft. Mild cedar, allspice, oak, and cranberry flavors. Fairly weak on the tongue, and flavor-wise there is not anything which stands out to make a strong case.

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