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RATINGS: 122   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16909) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle; release 14, 10.4% ABV, batch 1294
Hazy mahogany color with small head. Malt and perfume aroma, dash of dusty roasty malts. Round mouthfeel, malty flavor, caramel, a bit nutty, sweet but not syrupy; the bitterness level is correct; the fruity and resiny level of hops is moderate.
Nice but not impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bomber at Churchkey. Bright amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of pine, caramel, butterscotch. Taste has plenty of hoppy bitterness, a nice change from most barleywines. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Small beige head, clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light alcohol, cherry. Medium-full body, some resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Amber in color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Grapes, raisins, plum, and citrus fruit notes. A little bit boozy, some pine, and lightly herbal. Sugar and malt forward flavor of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Light bitterness of pine and herbal hops. Citrus peel, raisin, grape, and plum fruitiness. Kind of warm/alcoholic on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
A hazed orange amber with a thin creamy light mocha head. In aroma, loads of treacle malt with floral hops, doughy character and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet biscuit malt with doughy character, piney hops, anised and warming alcohol, raspy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9948) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
On tap at Backcountry Pizza poured a clear rddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, dark fruit and ligt earhiness. Palate was medim bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light earthiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly cloudy dark brown with a medium, creamy and small bubbled beige head, medium retention moving to the glass edge with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet toast and nutty malt, light caramel notes, dates and figs with spicy and earthy hops, light peppery alcohol and some wood/oak notes. Flavor is sweet caramel and toast/bready malt with dark fruits of dates and figs, light earthy and spicy hops with medium bitterness, light peppery alcohol, light oak and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Zesty, orange blossom, potpourri, caramel, a bit boozy, but unique aroma. A touch tart, big grape, plum fruity, very floral, spicy potpourri, a bit citrusy, somewhat earthy, slightly resiny flavor. Slightly boozy and quite floral. Unique and pretty fun to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Nice dark brown pour, beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, some brown sugar, light raisin notes and some resin. Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and hoppy. Good resin balance with sweet toffee.


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