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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Pours a dark and dim amber/copper. Swelling off-white head, good looking lacing right off the bat. I smell all sorts of OG... big sweetness. Some booze surfaces immediately, huge malts dominate this thing. Some honey notes, but the aroma doesn’t stray far from the massive malt presence. For how imposing the nose is, the taste is actually pretty dull, and I poured it room temp. It reminds me of a good barleywine on mute. The booze is still full strength though, leaving this one a bit out of whack. I probably won’t revisit this one. Not a fail by any means, they just need to beef this one up a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours reddish chestnut brown with tan head. Nose/taste of citrus, caramel, bready malt, toffee and pine. Semi sweet mouth feel with lots of citrus and caramel malts - like a heavily malty double IPA. Finishes with some pine and resin along with a touch of warming alcohol. Good mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
Release #5, October 2011; Sampled April 2012
A healthy pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops, concentrates caramelized malt, nutty, slightly toasted whole grain bread, and fruity notes of berries, raisins and perhaps even some cherry notes. The fruitiness can be the dominant note at times, especially as you really dig into the aroma, but there is also clearly a hop character and a concentrated malt character to the nose.

Thick and viscous as it first hits the palate, there is a big burst of bitter, herbal hop character up front that is offset by a rich, caramelized malt character that then comes to the for, but the bitterness again blossoms in the finish as it lingers on the palate. The beer is not nearly as sweet as I might have expected, instead it has a rich, caramelized, concentrated malt character that has a nicely nutty, toasted quality to it that lingers on the palate for quite some time. The hop character has an herbal, somewhat menthol like character to it for the most part. As the beer warms up it becomes quite a bit more fruit focused with notes of berries, perhaps a touch of cherry, and even some candied citrus. The crystal malt character also starts to become more noticeable, contributing a touch of sweet tea like character, a hint of spicy whole grain character and a bit whole grain cracker like note that expresses itself prominently in the oral nasal interface. Interesting notes of licorice somehow get infused along with the herbal / hoppy / piney hop character. The alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable with time as well, at times it can get a little hot even, but overall it remains fairly balanced; Actually it seems that the sediment kicked up into subsequent pours has somehow accentuated the alcohol, so I would recommend pouring this cleanly in one go if you can.

I like that this beer has a fairly big malt presence; the hop character is perhaps a touch more dominant, but this beer is actually pretty well balanced between the malt & hop character. This should age quite well for at least a couple years. This is nicely enjoyable, even pleasantly surprising.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Sampled at Slutfest 3. Semi murky amber with khaki ring of head. Good sweet american style bw. Lightly fruity. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9305) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! Release #2, 10.1% ABV. Pours a hazy, dull amber-plum color with almost no head. Aroma of resinous hops, dried fruits, citrus, caramel, brown sugar, and wood. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, pine resin, dried fruits, canned pineapple, and a little grassy, earthy note. Medium-bodied, with a resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Sweet, but seems fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
22oz bottle. Release #3. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, caramel, some floralness, and a little bready. Tastes of bread, some citrus, toast, caramel, lighter dark fruits, and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
(Release #3): Resineux et fruité en arôme mais avec, quand même, la promesse que le malt veut sa part. En bouche c’est vivant, bonne effervescence avec une présence malté très caramelisé cocomplété par une amertume d’agrumes. Facile à boire pour sa taille.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Release #3. Good sized cream colored head of fine bubbles that settle very slowly and hangs around for quite a while. Bit of a weak aroma for a barleywine. Some vanilla, light malts, some piney hops and some leather. Color is a cloudy dark brown. Flavor is not entirely what I expected either. Medium bodied with a big piney hops presence in the flavor, along with strong roasted grains, tea leaves, and some menthol like spices. Nice alcohol presence and warming. Finishes a little bitter and chalky. Not as good as I would have expected but still a decent ride.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Picked up while in Durham, 3/2012. A nice surprise, I hadn’t had a good showing from an American-style barleywine for a bit and this reminded me why I like them. Poured a clear copper color with a thin white head. Very nice rich aroma of earthy hops with a mild sting of alcohol. The taste was robust, with a healthy hop dose over a clean malt backbone. Sturdy and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
On tap. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas show large amounts of caramelization, caramel malt as well, bready, raisin, fig, mild floral, jammy, brandy, estery, mild fusel alcohol. Flavors are fruity, jammy, dry, faded hops, very bitter with a lot of alcohol. Medium esters, resin. A bit of an earthy/woody finish. Big, warming with a creamy mouthfeel.

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