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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Brewed and bottled on the wrong side of the tracks by Butte Creek Brewing company, Chico, Ca. Certified Organic by C.C.O.F.

You'll be lucky to walk away from this one!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. better than expected, but still not that great. 2007 vintage.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rustyham (1732) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
More bitter than expected, this did have some malt body to it and was more orange colored that your typical barley wine color. Not too exciting, but better than expected from an obscure brand from Whole Foods. Shared with Smith4498

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle shared by Rustyham. Pours clear caramel color with off white head. Caramel and alcohol aromas. Flavors of caramel, molasses and alcohol. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Thanks Nick.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bomber, a couple years old. Poured clear reddish-orange with a short-ish lived cap of beige head.. cool translucent effect in the light. The aroma picked up warm, deeper biscuit, molasses, and honey malts accented by a little earth and spicy alcohol warmth.. smelled a bit broken down by age, but it was still enjoyable. The flavor opened with tangy, almost minty spruce character, followed by molasses maltage.. honey and bread gave additional support.. very, very bitter as the drink progressed (but it lacked direction).. peppery alcohol notes and more mint around.. long, rather sweet (but still very bitter) finish. Medium-bodied and surprisingly slick on the palate.. hot, but not too bad considering ABV and style.. the bitterness was sharp and off-putting at times.. Iíd be curious to try a fresher sample.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
reddish amber, opaque body. quickly diminishing off-white head with spotty lacing. rather bitter hop bit and strong alcohol presence. unappealing malt body. meh.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a medium copper with thin head. Taste is caramel malts and dark fruit. Light floral hops comes through, and it finishes with a big lingering bitterness. Significant alcohol burn comes through. This could even out nicely in a year or so, but right now it was just a bit muddled.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Itís been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I donít know if itís significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and itís quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but itís still good. Itís really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. Iím not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flashís barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Bomber from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a clear reddish copper color with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of booze, caramel, toffee, raisins, hints of dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of phenol, caramel, honey, toffee, light floral hops. Generally medium body with a pleasing malty finish. This one smells better than it tastes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and clear amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, some grassiness, and toffee. Thinner body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4539) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours a translucent amber with lots of golden notes and a smaller bubbly off white. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, lots of hop bitterness. Bitterness really lingers.


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