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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This traditional American strong ale blends copious amounts of five different malts and various English and American hops to yield a rich and warming winter brew. As this ale is extremely complex in its flavor and quite full bodied, the consumer is rewarded by letting a small amount warm in a brandy snifter and sipping as one would a fine sherry. We age our Barleywine for over three months to blend these complex flavors into a full blown sensory experience to enjoy on a cold winter eve. This brew is our gift to our loyal fans who support our high quality brews the whole year 'round.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - DEC 22, 2005
Vinous and fruity, sweet and sugary aroma with some sherry-like oxidation apparent. Opaque, muddy, brown body with a low but lasting tan head that recedes to partial cover. Roasty and charred charcoal flavour is very vinous and fruity with some notes of cocoa in the sugary sweetness. Medium body with low carbonation that feels quite dry despite the obvious sweetness. Bottle sampled at Barry’s housewarming tasting.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Random bottle I picked up in a beer store in NH. Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells vinuous, earthy, some tea notes. Tastes lightly tarte with lots of tea like qualities. Definitely on the decline, but enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Thanks to brewandbbq for this rare and retired treat. Looks like this is at least 3 years old, and probably older. Pours a ruddy, dark, reddish-brown body with a small, foamy, beige colored head. Sudsy lacing leaves minimal, spotty traces behind on the glass. Aromatics include rich caramel, figs, dates and toffee. Some long since faded, earthy hops leave a spicy, peppery note on the nose. Flavors are a touch oxidized at this point, but still quite enjoyable. Caramel and toffee sweetness is intercepted by peppery hop bitterness, and it then fades back into the sweet, fruity realm on the finish. A good deal of vanilla shines through, as well. Very sherry-like, overall. The body is substantial and smooth, with relatively low carbonation. This feels like its a bit past its prime, but still quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Thanks for this rare sample, Indra. Poured with a dark ruby body and a yellowish head. The aroma was rich with toffee, some old prunes and molasses. You can tell this has a few years on it. The taste was sweet molasses with lots of pears and toffee. The carbonation was very smooth. A nice barley wine, too bad this brewer is not around anymore.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Huge thanks to Eric/Indra for this contribution to the 2005 KC holiday party. This bottle is 4 years old. Dark reddish color with a hazy head. The aroma is brown sugar, honey, citrus, and dark fruits. Taste is honey, brown sugar, turbino sugar caramel, spicy hops and a sweet, lingering finish. Mouthfeel is average to above average. A nice example of an aged barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Provided by Indra (Thanks a million). All kinds of browns, yellows and oranges, with a thin head. Cherry, caramel, toffee, and background hop aroma. For my palate, all the flavors were so well blended that it was hard for me to pick out specific flavors. I guess that’s kind of the point of cellaring. Lush mouth feel. Completely coats the tongue and finished clean. Fabulous.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2497) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Wow, thanks to Indra for this rare treat! Rich fruity aroma, with some burnt malts and tobacco leaf. Just a tad oxidized, but the touch of sherry actually adds a welcome character and complexity. Fruity and bready, biscuity malts. Peppery alcohol burn. Amber color, but shows clear at the edges, looks like whiskey in the glass. Minimal head and carbonation. Nicely bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Unfiltered pour is betrayed by heavy chunks. Chestnut brown covered by a yellow film. Fruited brown sugar and overall yeasty character strike as rather bready with plenty of crystal malts and burnt toffee flavours. Very sweet in mouth, candyish brown sugar leanings with severe hop backings, mostly fruity and leafy with emanating citrus character toward the finish that lingers on with the coating sugar. Low carbonation and medium body may be growing tired as I feel they could tighten the flavours together with a bit more expertise, thus uplifting the focus from the crystal malts heaviness a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Cloudy brown pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of brown sugar and fruits. Good flavor of hops and brown sugar. Light body with a dry texture and low carbonation. This stuff kept really well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
4-year-old bottle in 2005:

The Lure:
Brown sugar sprinkled on resinous hops. Maple syrup and caramel coating the fruit salad. Alcohol is burning from within, still showing some immaturity after these 4 years of aging.

The Festivities:
A plethora of powerful flavors waken the palate, but appear somewhat disorganized. Alcohol, wooden hop bitterness, maple malt sweetness, fruity yeast, and sugar manage to titillate the pleasure-seeking tastebuds, and are helped by the scrumptious body. Can’t tell if it has aged well as I’ve never had a younger version, but this remains a pleasant American barley wine.

Transcendence:
Flying over Las Vegas in the middle of the night.


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