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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 441   ABV: 14.7%
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Simply put this barley wine is the strongest beer we have ever brewed. At 14.70% alc/vol with a starting gravity of 26 plato Drakes barley wine has been big since birth. Crisp malts give this beer a burnt red color and deep rich sweetness. Placed in a brandy oak barrel since Dec. 2003 it has been aging and waiting for you to enjoy as you would any fine after dinner beverage. This is a very limited release and won't be repeated.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Pour out of 6 oz bottle, thick dark brown pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of big fig, sherry, candied red fruits, nice raisin, lots of sweet brandy, oak, touch of spice, hints of vanilla, honey in there as well. Taste is a sweet mix of dark fruits, slight cocoa, vanilla, coconut, nice oak, brandy notes mix finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry, with more brandy and dark fruits. Rich and decadent, aged well!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2013
6oz bottle at Armin’s. pours burgundy brown red. Aroma is huge fig awesome raisin greatness, big toffee, Brandy, barrel. Taste is exactly the same. Very nice and awesome! Savory and lingering fig.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at Armin’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks for this one man!! Pour is murky brown with a small tan head. Big raisins, bourbon, figgy, caramelly, roasty, bready, and sherry. Taste is bourbon, caramel, cherries, bourbon, fruity, sweet sherry, caramel, figs, and toffee. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Such a rich, sweet, and decadent Barleywine. Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
26th January 2013
Almost opaque dark brown beer. A few tan bubbles for a head. Rich barrelly nose with a touch of honey. Zero carbonation in the otherwise neutral palate. Slightly sour wet wood leads to mild brandy. Mild pruney dark fruits. Tangy finish. Hangs together pretty well flavour wise, shame about the flat palate. Rich and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3120) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle at home. This one has been sitting in the fridge since trading it (in person) with ratman in July ´09 - thanks buddy! Pours an opaque dark brown with no head. Smells of cask wood and licorice all-sorts. Sweet with a slight berrylike sourness Lots of aromas of dried fruits - mostly raisins and abricots. Also some aromas of licorice and old ale. Hints of earth and tobacco. Full bodied. No carbonation. Dry finish with more dried fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
huge thanks to Bleeng (Rick) .. been wanting to try this for ages!! .. . deep brown .. mild foam .. . intense sherry, burnt molasses, grape, and tar- very complex .. . aged slick mouth .. . very tasty, quite an entertaining beer! .. . . saucers? you mean the kind from up there?

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown with a very small bubbly brownish golden head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace worth mentioning. Smell is sweet and malty with sweet dark bread, prunes, raisins, alcohol, dry wood, leather, dates, brandy, caramel, toffee, figs, anise seed, port wine, vanilla fudge, roasted nuts and dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter, slightly salty, tiny sour and bitter with sweet dark bread, wood, brandy, caramel, leather, hay, prunes, raisins, dates, alcohol, vanilla fudge, lemon zest, star anise, red wine, toffee, roasted almonds and hints of figs and burnt cookies. Mouthfeel is soft, round, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and fruity with caramel, prunes, raisins, brandy, wood, leather, sweet dark bread, toffee and hints of vanilla and cookies. I feel this is probably past it’s prime but it’s still a very nice aged massive barley wine. Happy to have had the chance to try this.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark mahogany brown with almost no head. The aroma holds boatloads of figs, prunes, sweaty raisins, black olives, earth, fruity dark chocolate, tobacco, leather/suede, burned toffee, dark caramel, wood, brandy and port. Nice warming alcohol. Complex, deep and mature nose. The flavor is medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with lots of vinous, oxidized and round/dark malty notes. Dark fruits and wood. The mouthfeel is round and sticky with almost no carbonation. Light soy, earthy dark fruits, syrup, liquorice and brandy on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
6 oz bottle thanks to Jimmy. Pours dark brown/reddish with no head/carbonation. Nose is sugar, prunes, sweetness and alcohol. Taste is much milder than the nose, with a bit sugary taste, and brandy sweetness. Smooth baby.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Finally get to try this thanks to madmitch76 for sending this tiny little nip bottle back across the pond. Pours murky muddy sludgy brown mahogany with micro thin head. The aroma offers up soft aged notes of molasses, a touch of sherry, earthiness, muted sweet brandy, smooth dank wet wood notes and booze at the end of the draw. The taste has a thin feel to it and delivers pleasing notes of earthy aged molasses and brown sugar followed by soft muted wood notes. This gets nectar sweet at times too with a hint of tart barrel thinly ringing the experience. Dynamite stuff.


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