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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Barleywine is a style of ale known for its rich, sweet, chewy character. It has a very high original gravity, which means that the concentration of malt sugar in the wort is very dense as the beer is brewed. It is meant to be enjoyed with a friend (preferably on a cold night by a warm fire as the wind blows off the ocean outside...) and is particularly appropriate when served as a dessert libation. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3847) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2012
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep ruby/brown with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of caramel and cereal, plus a little toast and chocolate from the malts, and a decent amount of hops for this beer. Flavor a good blend of everything. Smooth texture, but could be a little thicker. A pretty good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear caramel body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and hop aroma. Sweet sugar, caramel, rum soaked fruit and molasses flavor with a smooth bitter finish. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3780) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a clear amber orange color with a white ring of head. Aroma is heavy wood, dark fruit, brown sugar and spice. Flavor is a bit tart, woody notes, brown sugar and some sweetness. Dry finish, a bit bitter and woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle #1009. Hazy, apple cider, nutty color, with loose carbonation. The aroma struck me of potato chips, when you get the bottom of a bag of chips and there are just little, greasy bits left. The flavor has notes of caramel, vanilla, celery, and other curious notes. It doesn’t have the 12% apparent--moderate palate, low carbonation, moderate smoothness, very drinkable. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours a murky amber color with a very thin head. Strange aroma of cheese, pickles and fruits. Unpleasant flavor of olives and fruits, the finish is horrible. I can’t believe a barley wine can be as bad as this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
Bottled. Pours out in a muddy reddish brown colour with a low dissapearing white head. Sweet but not dense aroma of maruenge, butter, spices with light notes of green hops. Full, malty and warming flavour of caramel, dudge, vanilla with dryish undertones of orange-peels, pepper and grass. Warming finish of pepper, caramel, crackers and fudge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3367) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt along with some citrus. The flavor is caramel and sweet malt followed by some apple and a mild metallic flavor. The body is lacking and does not even closely have that rich, chewy mouthfeel I associate with the better barley wines. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
750ml bottle from Shoreline Liquors. My bottle says 8.8% not 12%. Shared with my gf Cyn, Pours dark brown with a 3 finger puffy tan head. Sweet dried fruit nose. Taste is sweet and pretty good. This I would say is a mediocore BW. Drinkable and tasty but far from great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Dave shared this one with me. Poured from a 750, bottle # 1638. The body is very much unfiltered and a deep copper browm. Almost non-existent white head. The aroma has a huge raw barley, yeast, sugar cane, corn stalks, peanut butter cookie, vanilla. Very complex. I can see how scents manifest themselves as other scents. I can see how others suggest pineapple (which I see as the peanut butter cookie + sugar cane). Pretty complex, for what its worth. The flavor is sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, raw barley, peanut butter cookies. The palate has a caskiness to it smooth alcohol on the tongue, not sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle; couldn’t find a vintage, but it has a white label with a woman on it; 9% alcohol. Poured a rich and muddy reddish brown; head was thin, off white and late forming. Aroma of caramel, figs, sugar, apple, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor initially was pretty boring and not overly good. Didn’t really get much better. Wouldn’t have liked more sweetness; others said it was, but I really got nothing. Palate was a little on the thin side. Pretty woody in the flavor some fruit. Below average example of one of my favorite styles. A more traditional example of the style, but it just didn’t do much for me.

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