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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
thanks bvc! pale wood nose, some caramel. ruby toffee, smoky body that finishes hot with rubber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1148) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bomber, thanks Douglas. Pours a clear amber brown with loose tan head. Smells kind of thin...apple, fuesel, malt, brown sugar, hints of tobacco and wet grocery paper sack, touch of raisins. Thin body and appropriate carb feel. Brown sugar, doughy wheat bread, red grape juice, brown sugar, boozey. Lacks depth and character but no flaws and could see oxidation and time making this more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a shiny copper penny color with a one finger frothy head that settles after a while to a fluffy ring. Malty sweet aromas with a touch of pine. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. This is not a decadent BW, rather a balanced sweetness to some piny hop acid. I like the creamy texture and ease of use. This is a moderate specimen with no offensive nuances and pretty basic in nature but dangerously drinkable. At 10.1% abv this one hides it well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
22oz bottle, batch #1, from grape & gourmet. pours a hazy, reddish copper with a one-finger, creamy white head leaving tight rings of bubbly lace. aroma is damn nice with rich pine resins, grapefruit citrus, sherry, and brown sugar backed by notes of honey-wheat rolls, raisins, and light toast. flavor is very tasty as well with sweet, caramel and brown sugar up front backed by orange citrus, floral resins, and wintergreen with a touch of toasted, bready malts. palate is medium bodied, maybe a bit syrupy, with light carbonation and a short, floral finish. overall, a decent barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2011
(bottle) Dark brown, slightly cloudy beer with a medium tan head. Very hoppy floral and grapefruit aroma, mildly sweet. Light to medium body, carbonaceous, a little sticky. Flavor has bitter hops with floral notes, underlying caramel sweetness, and whiskey and oak barrels. Some fruit, too: citrus, raisin. Alcohol is present, as well, and gently warming. Lots of lace on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle - Release #1 10.1% ABV. Copper pour with a tall, frothy beige head. Strong resinous hops, pine, caramel, sweet malt, and citrus int he nose. Taste is big caramel, dark bready notes, citrus, pine, hop oils, soft alcohol, dark fruit, spicy hops and brown sugar. Body is medium-full with strong carbonation and a sugary stickiness. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, citrus fruit, pine needles, spicy hops and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
One day, if I ever get out to Salt Lake for work, Iíll actually visit this place. The brew is a slightly reddish brown, quite clear. Aroma is caramel, some dark fruit, and citrusy, pine resin hops. Flavor matches, with a bit of earthiness as well. Better as it warms and the malts dominate more. If there is enough backbone with the malts here, this could be really good with some age. Iím not a huge fan of fresh Columbus hops, but aged out some it can be quite nice. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2238) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Basically, this tastes like a high alcohol version of their mild. Pretty disappointing. Color is a nice brown/amber with an off white head. The nose had some sweetness, resin, and citrus hops. Bready notes/toastiness comes through as it warms. There is a noticeable bitterness to the flavor from the start. Fruity hops, grassy, slight malt sweetness. There is none of the malt complexity that makes a good barley wine. Has a fairly thin body. The wife hates it...almost footbalmed...she never almost footbalms anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1394) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Release #1, brewed September 20, 2010). Pours a brackish-orange with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is hop forward enough that it could be confused for a DIPA. The hop aroma is mostly grassy with some grapefruit. The flavor, however, is on the sweeter side and contains enough bitter malt that you know itís a barley wine. There is a good balance between the malt and hops yet for a 10.1% beer there is very little finish and overall it tastes much thinner than you would expect. Overall this is a good barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4429) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours amber-red with a white head. Nose is like a hop wine- lots of floral, pine, and citrus hops with honey, apricot, booze, and sugar. Flavor is piney apricot with malt and citrus. Medium-bodied, hoppy barleywine.

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