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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Dire Straits- Drake’s 2012 Barleywine


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Sampled at the Drake’s Barrel House on 2/16/2013. This barley wine pours a slightly cloudy medium brown color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, brown sugar, caramel and sweet, hints of bourbon and oak. A medium bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Hints of oak and bourbon. There is some alcohol that compliments the beer, without overwhelming it. Some lingering residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Tap. Pours hazy deep amber with a medium beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet, molasses, brown sugar, some wood and bourbon in the background. Flavor is the same, medium to very sweet, light bitter, medium warming from the ABV. Light astringence is the primary way the barrel wood asserts itself. Medium body and creamy in the mouth. I liked this, but then I like sweet barley wines.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Clear amber pour with thin head. Nose is maple and vanilla. Slighty sticky body. More sweet malts. Barrel does its thing well. Boozy, bittersweet finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, raisin, cinnamon, bourbon, oak and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, oak, cinnamon, bourbon, light raisin and light toffee with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
On tap at The Bistro BA Festival. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a cinnamon aroma,. There is a dry cinnamon and dark malt flavor with a warm bourbon trail.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear reddish-brown color with a thin layer of frothy off-white head. The head fades down quickly leaving behind some lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet rich toasted and caramelized malts with some light citrus hops, dark fruit, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet malts with a bit of sweet dark fruit and a hint of booze. Through the middle, a touch of earthy hops with some more caramelized malts, dark fruit, and residual sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts and dark fruit with some booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. A bit hot and sharp, but there is enough flavor and body to balance things out fairly well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Malt aroma. Caramel/toffee flavor with light marshmallows. Medium bodied. Toffee/caramel lingers with brown sigar and backing hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2012
Shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Pours a clear copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops and toffee malts. The taste is bitter herbal hops, toffee, and crackery pale malts. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11551) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Pours a dark amber, maybe mahogany, color with an off-white head. A pleasant chocolate aroma along with lots of rich toffee and caramel. There is a hint of vanilla in the background and some toasted malt. Just a hint of alcohol, too. The flavor is not quite as robust as you might expect, but it is still very good. Heavy on the caramel and toffee with a hint of dark fruit and chocolate. Mild vanilla and alcohol notes as well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7871) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Beer Rev with my significant other (not her favorite so I had the vast majority of this pour). Pours with a deep amber hue, mostly clear. Small tan head, mild alcohol lace. Aromas are fruity, lots of melanoidins, some spicy notes, caramel, bready. Tons of malt overall, but not much else. Flavors are pretty much bone dry. Thin, but malty with a lot of alcohol. Bready, with mild caramel. Malt with very little complexity or anything else. Thin, alcohol, low-to-medium carbonation. Warming. Nice malt, but thin and lacking anything else.


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