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RATINGS: 124   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Thick mouthfeel, notes of alcohol and dark caramel, hops come in a little too quickly and strong but donít subtract from the wonder.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4025) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2013
Peanut hull, pencil shaving nose with caramel and pine accents. Clear rust, thin yellow head, decent lacing. Cherry and orange peel dominated flavor. Definite woody character withg boysenberries. Walnuts and resinous pine finish. Medium body and easy carbonation. Damn, thatís a fine barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (665) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sweet/brown sugar, light caramel, grainy malt. Good balance of different malt flavors, and also a nice balance with citrus hops--which is secondary to the malt, but substantial. Firm bitterness; some alcohol flavor, but not much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2662) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear amber beer with a small beige head. Aroma is boozy, caramel, and slight roasted characters. Flavour is epic, big american hopped up barley wine. Full of alcoholic sweetness with a huge bitter hop presence in there. Wow, simply amazing and complex. Truly epic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3423) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2012
22oz Bottle, Release #1: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel nose with some light fruity notes and lots of fresh citrusy hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet light caramel malt with a good balance of fresh hop flavor and bitterness and some light fruity complexity before a slight drier and warming bittersweet finish. True to style and should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Clear dark copperish amber with a persistent small foamy off-white head. Nose has some raisin and sweet earthy roasted caramel, some toast, a bit of boozy stone fruit, and sherry. The flavor is big and bold, with raisin and boozy copper/caramel flavors, sherry, toast, and a touch of earthiness on the finish. Unfortunately thereís a touch of a medicinal tone on the finish. But otherwise pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2229) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 12, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed on my AZ trip last week. The appearance had a light somewhat clear brown color. bar pour leads to a half finger white foamy head, adequate light foamy lacing. The smell had a llight caramel maltiness leading into an inviting raisinous and also bitter citrusy hoppiness. The taste was bitter and sweet at different times through the caramel malts and raisins to mix with the bitter citrusy hops. not much of an aftertaste, in fact I really donít get anything, sweet dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium on the palate. not really sessionable, but its a barleywine so whaddaya expect. The carbonation is good for the style and for me. Overall, this was a good barleywine that I would have again, slightly hoppier than some so that makes me think its an American one.

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