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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Icebreaker Barley Wine follows the Barley Wine tradition by being very big in flavor, sweet, malty, and much higher in alcohol than the average beer. Icebreaker Barley Wine also follows the Diamond Knot tradition of having a pronounced and distinct hop profile. A distinctly hopped Barley Wine sounds unusual only until you take your first sip, then you wonder why everyone doesn't make their Barley Wine like this. The Maris Otter malt comes through in this Barley Wine with a sweet, chocolately malt flavor, that has a marvelous dry finish. Icebreaker Barley Wine features: 100% Maris Otter Malt Chinook Hops for bittering Columbus Hops for finish Columbus Hops for dry hopping London Ale Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
More of an English style Barley Wine. Dark Copper / Bronze. Mellow, rich palate. Persistant hop flavor, but not over the top. Stays rich and creamy till the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Had this before doing Industrial IPA and regular IPA. Nice malty hoppy brew. Hides the alcohol well. I will do this again and again. Oakes summed it up well so I'll just shut up...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Hazy but vibrant amber. Herbal aroma reminiscent of Gammel Dansk or Jagermeister - orange, coriander, pine, mint, basil, centennials or columbus (Ha! if I list two hops I’m bound to be right!), sweet candyish malts...holy crap. Full, round body, slightly sticky, slight peppery alcohol. Full of sweet fruity things -sorbitol candies, orange, peach, vanilla, buckwheat honey. Long, sweet finish showing a trace of alcohol and some beautifully extracted malts (Maris Otter still rocks my world after all these years). One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
An excellent barleywine. It blends the mean hoppiness of a younger barleywine, with the smoothness of a mature barley. For a younger, unaged barleywine, this is an outstanding offering.

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