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RATINGS: 231   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Cherrywood colored with a thick, tannish head. The aroma had touches of marsala and intimated an appealing full bodiedness, but the bouquet would not unravel. The body is alcoholic and at some points ether-like, but this was completely drinkable. However, this beer would reside on the lower end of my barleywine list---complexity never manifested itself.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but itís too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2524) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Big Texas Beer Fest. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is honey, sweet, and, alcohol, almost piney. Taste is brown sugar, sweetness, and alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - APR 17, 2005
Pours golden amber colored with a disappearing head. Sweet pilsener malt aroma with sour hints. Sharp and unbalanced flavor of sweet malt and citrus fruit. Since I normally love American barley wines this was a big dissapointment!!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
1999 vintage
Aroma: musty, floor cleaners, some citrus fruits, and brown sugar
Appearance: murky brown, little carbonation, little lacing
Flavor: musty, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, some plums, red grapes, and weird chemicals
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2296) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
I didnít quite cotton to this 2012 version. A little to sweet and strong for my taste. This dark orange brew was also a little chewy and viscous for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2410) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
First off, it's ugly as all hell. No head, and a weird kind of see-through purple color. A little bit of cherries in the otherwise boring aroma. Very thin and even a little fizzy. I pick up some nyquil underneath all that fizz. I can drink it, but only because I'm a sucker for barleywines. This is way short of what I'm looking for though. I won't be buying this again, especially because there's so many more to choose from that are so much better (Full Sail, Victory, DogFish Head Immort Ale, etc.). No complexity or anything interesting in a positive way at all.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6329) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cristobal37 (230) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Iím not a big fan of the barleywine style. Iíve tried specifically those which others have rated highly. While I found this more drinkable than Anchorís Old Foghorn, it was still quite unpleasant. Very full beer which stays on the tongue for a while. Rich alcohol flavor. Maybe I should give it another go, but didnít like it the first time around.


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