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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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English style barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Corbet. Muddy copper-brown with virtually no head on top... Thin, khaki collar. Big grape & prune aroma, lots of dark fruitiness with hints of anise, black licorice. Caramel liqueur, a touch of toffee, a little bit of astringent sweetness. Taste has a strong, dirty earth flavor with a surprising around of floral bitterness, especially for an "English" barley wine. Lots more Star anise on the palate. Quite boozy, too; very warming. Sticky, semi-sweet caramel leads into a finish of toasted bread, mild toffee, sweet malt, & a vapid bitterness. Sticky mouth coating. A good barley wine, albeit a strange one. Very sweet yet still with substantial bitterness. A few refinements & this could be really, really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Beecher Blind Beer Bash. Lots of alcohol in the nose with a light chocolate component as well. Taste is similar with a smooth alcohol warming, almost a note of vanilla, although this was not the barrel aged version. Very enjoyable. I remember having this fresh a while ago and thought the alcohol dominated in a bad way, but that seems to have mellowed out and the beers has held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (1963) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
Shared bottle pours clear red-amber with a modest head. ABV partially hidden. Unusual aroma with a suggestion of rum and brandy. Soft fruits, light malts, and alcohol esters dominate the flavor. Medium body with rather low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Had this so long ago at the brewery. Absolutely delicious which was not unexpected. Read the other reviews for more specifics....would love to have this again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to toby. Pours out a dark amber topped with a small head. Nose is sweet syrup molasses maple and some hop notes. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweet maple syrup and some heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
In short: A rich, creamy, syrupy mountain of caramel and stuff. Dessert beer.
How: Bottle shared at post-Hill Farmstead FoFA 2013.
The look: Cloudy brown-burgundy body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Nose is rich caramelized malts with toasted notes. In mouth the beer has an enormous body, a creamy texture and enough carbonation to help drinkability. Taste is what you’d expect from a monster like this. It is very sweet (d’uh), lots of caramel, some raisins, mixed nuts, tree bark, leafy hops that somehow manage to pierce through. Alcohol relatively well hidden. At least this one was rich and creamy, not just sugars and more sugars. Better than I thought it would be, but then again I didn’t try to drink a full bottle. My rating #5900, I remember my days before signing up to ratebeer, back when the dishes and laundry were getting done… different times…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle @ Borefs, shared by don’t know who, but thanks! Aroma is winey barrel, big big malt, toffee, caramel, liquorice and more. Flavour is really sweet malty caramel, some wine notes, vanilla toffee, etc etc. LRAB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, side by side with the Cognac version, Darkness Day 2012. Dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, some slight earthy tones, into lots of dark fruits, figs, plums into molasses, toffee, very rich. Taste is a mix of rich dark fruits, dark cocoa, lots of fig, raisin, plum, hints of earth, some slight booze but not bad, finishing sweet, slightly spicy. The BA one beat this one, but this is a very tasty beer on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Caramel with a bit of toffee. Boozy with just a hint of dank hops. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1087) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock 750ml bottle pours a deep brown with tan head. Dark fruit fig and oak taste. Caramel And dark fruit taste

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