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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of alcohol, some fruit and floral hops. Flavour: Whoa, man that’s boozy! Malt, resiny hops and a dry very bitter finish. Average bodied. Somewhat hard to drink, this is just O.K.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Amber in color, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly attractive lacing.   Citrusy nose, slightly astringent, some orange peel/rind in there.   Noticing some alcohol as well.   Alcohol infused candied citrus rind on the tongue.   For now its better than expected.   Decent malt base, but not as much as I would have liked to see.   Somewhat perfumy, scented hairspray like.   Seems a bit rough around the edges, fairly young, green.   Doesn’t have that organic twang that I so often get.   Surprisingly smooth, given how rough it is.   Finish is fairly clean, warming, some alcohol notes, along with that somewhat astringent citrus rind.   Definitely young, alcoholic, and perfumy, with the ever present citrus twang.   Tiz okay I suppose... but definitely would be better with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6534) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Medium to dark copper pour, khaki colored head, decently thick, good lace. Faint, sprucey aroma, some nuttiness. not as pronounced an aroma as expected. Nutty flavor, fruity - some grapefruit citrus, maple syrup, pretty solid rib sticking BW flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel, especially for an organic - however, has a bit of a harsh aftertaste. Holds the 10.6% ABV quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Clear copper color with an off white head. Decent smell is classic B-wine alcohol, malts, pit fruits. Smooth and full bodied. Taste is mostly hot, spicy alcohol with a mild pit fruit sweetness. The big alcohol bitterness over powers this brew. 4207

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, gregclow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Hazy deep orange pour, average frothy beige head. Papery malt aroma with dry slightly stale resin hop bitterness, a hint of dry wood. Sharp, bitter, boozy taste, orange zest and dry resin bitterness - a long, huge dry bitter finish. Average body, stinging carbonation, dryly acidic and astringent, long grapefruit pith linger. Not all that bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5928) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty caramel aroma with a touch of hop. A bit of hop flavor up front with caramel malt and more subtle hop in the finish. One of the better offerings of the evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from a trade a while back and I can’t remember who sent it to me, but thanks! Copper, thin white head. Smells like prune, caramel, oak and a whiff of maple. Taste is oaky, woody, with a good deal of caramel and toffee, plus a bit of pepper. Some fruity notes, as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Light brown with almost no head. Earthy hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel and alcohol taste with a big hoppy presence and decent bitterness. Gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky brown color, a little head. The nose is brash with a caramel and bread debacle along with a starchy and piney hop conundrum. Alcohol is up there, and it’s spotted all over the place. Initially, mid drink, full after palate. Lingering. The bitterness sneaks up the rear and overpowers the otherwise tame malt body. Not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
This Barleywine pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied barleywine. Malts are caramel and sweet, touch of biscuit and fruit. Hops are grapefruity and piney. The taste is sort of like the name, it is sort of a train wreak at the moment. Big brash malts and big ass hops collide in a flavor explosion with your palate stuck in the middle. That said, it is a well balanced beer and has both a good malt backbone and a good hop profile. This beer would really benefit from a year or so in he bottle. There is a very definite alcohol flavor as well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol bite.

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