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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
The first sip of this brilliant, red-brown beer reveals a robust mouth feel and complex flavors including raisin, dark bread, some sherry flavors sure to increase with age, resin hops, a touch of old barrel. With the finish comes the aroma and flavor of Columbus hops in your mouth, being followed by the alcohol warmth that can be felt down your throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a large, beige head. Aroma of pine hops and caramel. Flavor of pine hops and caramel with notes of bread, dark fruits and a hint of citrus. Very hoppy for a barleywine but not overly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours deep brown. Toffee dominates this one. brown sugar, caramel. Really nice smooth but strong hop finish with some alcohol as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Release #1 bottle from Whole Foods Market P Street, which means Iíve had it several months. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, brown sugar, citrus hops and faint nutty notes. The taste is brown sugar, toffee, citrus, molasses, bitter finish and faint alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #34. Hazy dark orange brown pour. Light malt aroma. Not a lot going on in the flavor department. (2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Another enjoyable one from Epic. Not been feeling barleywines a whole lot lately, other than of the aggressively hopped variety. This one certainly fit that bill, though. Nice garnet pour with a lively, rocky head. Aggressive aroma, both heady sweetness and harsh bitterness. Sharp and somewhat boozy palate, but it kind of works with this righteously hopped beer, backed up by a full sweet malt profile that balances out the aggressiveness. Solid BW for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4920) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
This was release number 1. From the 22-oz bottle it poured a red brown color with a fat tan head and a lot of lacing The nose is roasted malta and ripe fruit .Medium body, lots of alcohol, and powerful mourhfeel. The flavor is very intense with lots of rich malt flavors balanced with flavorful hops. The finish showed a lot of fruit and some bitterness. This one appeared to have some age on it and was simply excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6719) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
22 oz bottle from Hayduke. We shared it via facebook chat. The beer poured with a bit of haze and it was mid brown in color. A nice cratered head was light tan and left some lacing. The nose was fruit and malt. The flavor had lots of flavors. The first was alcohol and that was unpleasant. Fortunately it didnít last long. Fruit, hops that added more fruit, and a big malt backbone were dominant. I didnít realize how much malt was in here until I licked my lips. They were full of malt tastes. Hops were a nice finishing bonus. They provided some complexity and citrus. This was very nice. I wish the alcohol were cut by 1/3 but the flavor justified it. A good beer in (almost) every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bomber from EZ. Poured a good looking clear bodied super dark su burnt orange/amber with an average sized super tight foamy light beige head. Aroma is very dry that I would swear this is English styled. Notes of English toffee and caramel on wax paper, honey combs, green veggies, bland toast. Mediu bodied with softer carbonation and a touch of alcohol warming on a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is similar to the aroma and just very dry overall. Notes of caramel. toffee, raisin, wax paper, reen veggies, dried out old bread. Not bad but I wish it was sweeter than drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Release #3: 10.0% abv. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. A: Pours a deep amber with a 1/2 finger beige head. S: Caramel malts and bitter hops in the background. T: Piney hops up front with caramel sweetness in the middle and bitterness on the finish. M: Heavy body, medium carbonation, little alcohol bite but a cloying finish. O: I know this is an American-style barleywine, but I feel like the palate and aroma could be improved upon. Iíve tried barleywines with higher ABV that donít taste as much like molasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle:   Amber in color, slight haze, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Pale biscuity nose, slight hop, a little muted and dull, faint brown sugar.   Tootsie Roll fruitiness up front, faint cherry I think, with that artificial abomination of chocolate at its center.   Certainly a malty variety, hops arenít too bright or too strong.   Somewhat of a cough syrup flair in this one.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Decent maltiness, but low on hops and high on artificialness.   Thanks for the bottle Kevin!

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