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Dragonmead Excalibur Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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This Barley Wine tops the charts! Big, complex and thick, this beer is a meal in a glass. It warms on the way down and for quite a while afterwards. This beer undergoes three yeast fermentations and spending over 120 days in the fermenter. When you are in an adventurous mood, try this international classic. O.G. 1.105, ABV 11.25%


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Pours a nice amber gold with WAY too thick white head, bartender said that this batch was way overcarbonated and has been a problem. Aroma strong of mostly malt, caramel, and sweetness. Flavor is really no surprise compared to the aroma with the addition of some light spices. Pretty good, but I am just not a barley wine fan I guess.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Keir (124) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Draft at brewery. 04.22.2010. Pours amber, clear, light head. Nose of slight fruitiness, a bit of sourness. Tastes sweet, fruity, slight spice. Oily mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a thick and frothy white head that evaporates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt and ripe fruits. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus, and a touch of grassy hops in the background. The finish is fruity and slightly boozy. Decent Barley Wine overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2012
On draft at at pub . Pours clear amber not much head rather boozy and sweet

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2010
this fruity thing tasted like watermelon........................................

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack34 (639) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2009
On tap at Dragonmead 3-13-09. Poured cloudy amber some lacing. Smelled of thick malt, some alcohol, and fruity. Tasted very sweet, some light fruit, like apple and grape, some dark fruit, like prune, cherry, fermented berry, and raisin. Decent alcohol presence. Very sticky body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a very larged sized, frothy white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, floral, and herbal. Tastes of caramel, citrus, the same herbalness, and fruity. Light alcohol in the finish but overall very well hidden.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Clear amber pour with a ring of white lace. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor of hops and burnt caramel with a bitter finish. The palate is light an oily with soft carbonation. Average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Draft... Clear, deep amber ale with a huge, off-white head. Terrific retention. Nose of toffee, fuzzy fruit and pine. Earthy, sweet flavor. Nicely bittered, but the hops don’t cut too deeply into the malt. Full-bodied and syrupy with subtle carbonation. Sweet, boozy finish. Dries out at the wee end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Tap @ GTMW 2006. Semi-translucent and caramel bronze in color with an icy grey sheaf on top and a few sporadic bubbles. Sweet orange marmalade glazes marigolds and baguettes, aromatically meeting orange hearts and spruced pines. Forestry bittered flavor aligns with tropically sugar-sweetened corn flakes. Fairly massive mouth feel hinges on orange liveliness and buttery amaretto sweetness. A bit of a barleywine letdown, with a chalky chocolate toffee trail and perfumed maple nut fudge brick follow-through into the finish.


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