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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A old ale with american hop varietals that has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma and underlying notes of chocolate.

Brigadier's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
750 ml bottle
I can’t remember who sent me this but I believe it was a 2011 bottle. If so it has held up exceptionally well. Straddling that line between old ale, barleywine, and American strong ale it packs a whallop that can sneak up on you.

Aroma / Appearance - A dense rusty brownish / black base pours heavily. Idle legs crawl down the sides. Black coffee, anise and malts shine but the main star is the smell of frozen chocolate pudding popsicles. All of it hangs in the air like a dense fog of alcoholic goodness.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, and ripe plums warm the tongue. Figs and dark fruits carry the wave of flavors towards an eager palate. This isn’t as heavy and cloying as I thought it might be. Just thinking about it makes me wish I had a glass in front of me right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"whoa nelly - this was a bit more intense than i thought it’d be. this english style barleywine/old ale manages a ridiculous level of complexity. toffee, caramel, citrus hops, rye spice, and a strong chocolate undercurrent, both in the nose and flavor. a wonderful sipper. if the sweetness in the flavor and the alcohol in the nose were toned down just a notch, this would be one of the very best."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3332) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. It pours a medium ruddy brown with a thin head. The nose is fresh baked spice bread and sweet caramel. Full bodied and warming. Toffee, spice bread, candied orange, and caramel on the tongue with a lingering spicy sweet finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3403) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle shared by Phatdog1, thanks Craig. 2013 vintage. Dirty brown color with very little head. Aroma all notes of dark fruit. Dates, raisins, plums and figs.

Flavors is a blast of sugar and dark fruits. Raisins, dates and figs soaked in caramel and molasses. Cloying sweet. I think I need to go to the hospital to check my insulin levels. Just a sugar bomb! Maybe it would help with cellaring for a longer amount of time, not sure. Hard to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
MMM a barleywine in May! woohooo. Dark mahogany caramel appearance. Smells like copper pennies and depression. Sort of like walking into a hot topic in your 30s and wondering where you went wrong? Taste is pretty redeeming. still a lot of metallic, rice crispy treats and cookie crisps. a touch of port barrel. oily and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1457) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle thanks Sean. This one was a surprise. Lots of toffee and sweetness. Really good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (439) - North Dakota, USA - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Rating from notes, drank 18 Dec 2011 -- poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Probably the best Winter Warmer I have ever had. I need to make this an annual tradition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2053) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle. Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits. Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, and hints of toffee, chocolate and brown sugar. O: Distinct, complex and interesting. ABV partly hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Brown pour with an off-white head. The nose on this one is amazing, notes of fig, molasses, brandy, and some citrus character. Flavor is big malt background with lots of dark fruits. Slightly warming finish from the abv but hey it’s called Winter Warmer that’s to be expected. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shinskyweiser (41) - - MAR 8, 2014
Pours a light brown. Off white head holds strong. Aroma of French toast, crackers and peach. Taste like a cherry tootsie pop with a carmel/molasses finish. Finishes slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (212) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2011/2012 Bottle. Aromas of figs, dark fruit, sweet malt and picking up some faint olives. (Weird) The taste is all there. A quick zing up front and then a barrage of malts and sweet fruit. There is a depth in this aged version that the new does not have. Long and sweet I could sip on this all night. Definitely better with age.

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