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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is one very big beer brewed only once a year. A floral American hop character is supported by layers of English Malts.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2005 Vintage shared by Cletus (jjpm at the time). Poured a hazed amber color with an off-white head. Sweet and fruity malt with light aged malt characteristics. Sweet fruit malt flavor. Hoppy pine finish. Good warmth with a medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of zuchinicat. Pours caramel with a white head. Smells floral and earthy. Tastes hoppy and sweet with a citrussy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Poured a hazy dark amber with a fizzy white head. Decent aroma of orange, dark fruits, caramel, biscuit dough and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is slightly sweet, a mix of bready and biscuity malt with some dark fruit and a touch of piney hops. Overall pretty good with a nice mix of sweetness and hops, though the malts come through as a tad too biscuity for my particular taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to whaleman for opening this vintage 2004 barleywine... Appears a semi-transparent, dark amber with a fluffy, creamy, off-white, 2 finger head. Tons of streaky lacing is left all around the glass. Smell is of creamy vanilla, rich malt, ripe fruit, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and light booze. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some citrusy goodness filling out the enticing flavors of sugary richness. Mouthfeel is smooth, warming sugar, & near perfect in very ways with a nice drinkability that hides the abv.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2007
2004 Vintage shared from Growler provided by Whaleman (thanks!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, and citrus. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Nice creamy body with the Alcohol very well hidden (as evident with my wicked hang over this morning). Lacing left on the glass. This was one fine beer with the perfect amount of age on it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5274) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 [2004] Poured a clear, amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was strong, (it permeated the car) of vanilla, dried fruits, toffee, caramel malts, strawberry, chocolate, citrus and light alcohol as well. Taste of citrus, and dark fruits, a bit of caramel, toffee, vanilla, light grassy hops, and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Really nice barleywine here, thanks Dave!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Beautiful reddish hues. Big hops and malt in aroma. Slightly coarse hop flavor (should mellow with time) matched with big maltiness. Not overly sweet. Slight bitterness in finsih and late alcohol notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2005
tap at brepub-pours a deep amber copper hue with a small white head. huge piney hop presence on the aroma-appple, rasin, alcohol, and big bitter hop notes. WOW! big caramel sweetness starts the flavors off with touches of caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and big hop notes on the finish. good sticky palate. the sweetness of this beer is moreso than the hops. the hop presence has similarties to SN Bigfoot, but the malts here are more present than in Bigfoot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Rating #1000. Thick, but tight velvety tan head with a faint rufous tone and a crystal clear amber-bronze body. Young, flowery hop nose with elements of various citrus fruits. Other notes include vanilla, spice, and some subtle fruitiness akin to currants. Nice depth of flavor with brown sugar, maple, vanilla, and cinnamon spice. Moderate sweetness, but gives the impression of apparent dryness with the young hop profile. Has Ted’s unmistakable pure house character. Smooth palate with noticeable viscosity without feeling syrupy. An excellent barley wine all around. To counter-balance my gloomy forecast of the ’03 Blue Corn Barley Wine, I predict that this beer will age very nicely and taste outstanding after laying down for a year or more. I hope I get to test that prediction.

One thousand beers down, many thousands more to go.



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