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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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A barley wine style ale brewed to 15% alc with hints of raisin, chocolate, carmel, sherry, cherry, and alcohol, just to name a few and this beer will only get better with age. Not Available for 2006 release

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1124) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2004
deep ruddy color, with a light beige head. lightly grape/pear aroma, with plent of malt behind the hoppy fruit. brown sugar-like too. wow...very alcoholic mouthfeel, lots of toffee-caramel and burnt brown sugar flavors, with just a hint of lingering bitterness. quite good, but has a bit too much alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
Strong Belgian Ale aromas - nutty and sweet caramel-toffee and behind the malty battles lie some good hops. A rich dark brown coloured beer, this had a nice mouthfeel and a lingering bitter alcohol-warmed finish. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
I’ve been casually searching for this beer for over a year and finally to my excitement found one lone bottle! Pours a deep red-brown with a thin-medium tan head. Big raisin/prune/plum notes punctuate the aroma which also includes caramel and grapefruity hops. The raisin and prune carry over to the flavor, complemented by a touch of soy. Powerful and slightly astringent, finishing with grapefruit/pine hops bitterness and a bit of burning alcohol. Hints of chocolate as well. I imagine this was quite a hop monster when it was fresh; I reckon this bottle was nearly two years old and the hops were still pretty intense. A big, interesting beer that I hope is brewed again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This brew pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber brown body topped by a a thin to medium thick with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, malty and caramelly with a slight brown sugar note. Nice aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and salty with a slight maltiness and a touch of brown sugar. Full bodied and smooth yet tingly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(22 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very malty and sweet, strong alcohol and quite bitter, but the finish is fairly harsh; Sticky and sweet like a barleywine should be, but a harshness hangs on the palate; The nose is malty, sweet and very strong; Amber/brown color and quite cloudy; Big tan head has solid retention for awhile, but eventually fades to a ring

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle - thanks to marinaro500 for this one in a trade! Dark garnet brown with a little off-white head and nice lacing. Rich, dark malts in the aroma, brown sugar, spice and alcohol. Nice flavor, sweet and spicy, noticible and plenty of hoppiness. Smooth full body, light and creamy carbonation. A very nice BW style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Pours an extremely dark brown-red with orange outline. Looks badass. Big, fittingly badass filthy bitter with strong twiggy flavors. Very silky mouthfeel, almost syrupy, and huge, bold flavor. Extreme stuff, and I quite like the ass kick that it delivers. Finish is long and dangerous. Bold and round, still big and go for a long, long time. Chewy, chocolatey, nasty, and lovely. Would love to age this one for several years. Very complex and potent stuff. Damn good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
dark, muddy reddish brown color with thin head...malty, almost nutty with a solid bitterness to it. pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2004
sherry notes and mossy aroma, cloudy dark amber, full flavored, smooth yet really bitter, light pineyness and very hoppy, well masked alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2004
Dark and murky red hued body. The light tan head is fine particled and clings to the glass sides. The aroma is cherries, sweet caramel, and some alcohol. The flavor is massive, with sweet toffee-caramel up front then some fruity hops and finally a dose of alcohol. The body is creamy but seems a tad thinned by the alcohol. The aftertaste is medium bitter and very warming. Knock about 2% off of the ABV and this would be a world class American style Barleywine. As it is the alcohol is a bit harsh, but I still really enjoy the beer. My gums are numb and I have only had a few sips! A million thanks to radiomgb for this surprise!

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