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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Blonde barley wine hopped with Eldorado hops.


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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 So, I have not rated a beer in a long time,but I have found my new favorite beer. Clear golden, dark fruits, vanilla, citrus hops, little toffee, little white grape.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Draft on tap at Lions Tiger Beers 2014 (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy amber orange hue, a bit darker in body with gentle orange glow trailing out to the edges. Frothy offwhite head is a nice filmy layer with decent ring and lacing. Aromas are a bit bready, sweet and gentle honey, caramel elements meet biscuit, dry earthy hops and gentle whiskey and vanillin trails a bit. Initial is medium bodied, a bit lighter with some sticky honey, caramel, gentle bready elements with touches of oak, vanillin. Mellow spirit shows touches of whiskey, earthy dry hops are floral and a faint waft of fruit. Middle is a touch tannic with gentle bready malts. Touches of honey, caramel and bread. A touch dry and barrel driven, earthy hops and a bit of sweetness. Ok, not really my thing but well constructed. Can see the value of it in blends. Pretty sure this is oaked/barreled which the description does not say here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft at Good Dog during a FW event. Hazy amber blonde pour with a slight foamy white head. Heady vanilla caramel. Medium light body with a honey coating at the end. Kumquats. Has some wonderfully bright notes for a Barleywine along with a strong caramel malty backbone. Anbesol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (496) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On draft at World of Beer - Tempe. Pours hazy mandarin orange. Super boozy aroma of hot bourbon, orange peel, coriander, decadent vanilla, major oak, and a slight hoppiness at the end. Smooth hot bourbon and toffee are the dominant flavors, along with clover honey, sweet lemongrass, and lightly bitter citrusy hops. Lighter body than expected. A nice sweet, blonde barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Had on draft at Barrelworks. Very malty, blond Barleywine, fruity, alcohol sweetness, very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4011) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Hazy gold with a classic barleywine aroma; deep brown sugar and cherries with a little boozy honey and raisin. The taste is a little boozy but it quickly blends into a smooth but large earthy offer malt tone, a bit of sugary almost-honey sweetness, dates and plantains, brown sugar, and floral hop resin. Very nice and a great sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4755) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2013
On tap at Freshcraft. Pours a honey gold with some white head. Nose is honey comb, booze, agave, malt, mead. Flavor is very sweet but gobs of honey, booze, earthy, agave. Boozy finish. Almost a braggot there’s so much honey to it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On tap at Hops and Pie, lighter golden pour with a darker center and small trace of head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, some wood and hop character. Taste is super rich creamy caramel up front with some vanilla notes and light fig, great body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
On draft at the Livermore Saloon for their second anniversary party. It pours a nice golden color with an off white head. The aroma is super sweet with honey, vanilla, bourbon and wood. The flavor is the same. Super rich on the palate and a bit of a chore to drink, honestly. Huge alcohol presence. Really well done and a great beer for sipping by the fire on a cold night, but I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this one at the time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2586) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. Dark yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is barley wine but it's light. Weird! Med/full body and mildly fizzy. White grapes and fruitcake. Crazy that this is a light barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9042) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bright yellowish/orange tinged pour, white head. Loads of vanilla, freshly emptied oak barrels, some bitterness on the finish. Quite tasty, the hops add lots of flavor with the caramel notes. WINNER.


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