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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.


3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
wade1point0 (69) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Has less of the buttery taste I usually associate with barley wines but it has a little more carbonation as well. Hits the palate fairly evenly.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gmellison (411) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
On tap at the denver tap room. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, and whiskey. Flavor is spices, fruit, with a dry boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Toasted grain and burnt caramel smell. It is quite hoppy, slight bit of off flavor, then waves of burnt sugar. Very atringent. I like it, has a bit of off flavor that mellows but after that its nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrettTaylor (465) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured as a taster at Denver taproom. toffee caramel malt on nose, lot of dark malt notes on palate, lots of alcohol, long finish, need some sweetness to balance the bitterness. Not as complex as I had hoped for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1487) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Deep, deep garnet pour. Big raisin, and toasted malt, nearing roasted malt with dank citrus pine hops. Toasted nut, burnt biscuit, tobacco, and booze. Flavor is rum soaked raisin, bitter citrus rind, toasted/candied malt, and faint roasted malt. Residual burnt toast and mild dark fruit. Big and moderately boozy. Very interesting take on the American barley wine style. Dig the toasty/roasty elements. Good base beer candidate for barrel aging IMO.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3299) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle; poured a muddy auburn type color with an off white to khaki head. Aroma of pine, caramel, earth, dark fruit and some vanilla/wood. Slightly sweet, caramel, cookies and fruit; earthy and piney. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6101) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, lots of caramel, molasses, hints of earth, slight red fruits in there as well, hints of grass. Taste is a mix of grass, spice, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, touch of nuts, caramel, toffee, finishing sweet. Pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2001) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
On tap at Colorado Plus. Malty, strong and sweet with caramel and light chocolate balanced by earthy, piney, light bitter hops. Medium bodied with a crisp, soft feel and a dry, lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriffDaddy (64) - - DEC 8, 2013
This was a surprisingly satisfying beer. Dark red pour, almost no head. Heavy fruit aroma, a hard sweet with some concentrated fruit. Tasted like it smelled, very sweet on the front end and bitter the rest of the way. A long, honey/concentrated fig-plummy taste, thick and sweet. Viscous and satisfying, yet, all Stills and Nash, not nearly enough Crosby balance. Still, a very, very good and satisfying beer. Would I drink again? absolutely yes. Would I order again? yes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
Draft @ Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, Denver, CO. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel hoppy dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.


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