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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We brew this in early January and start selling it the following November. It takes two times as much barley and hops to make a single batch of this very strong ale. The reason wine is in the name is because of the wine-like strength of 10 % alchohol


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Rather weak head and lacing on the one I had. Tea Brown pour with a bit of cloudiness. Sweet porter type flavor to it. Vacation 03

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
Deep cloudy glowing copper with orange and yellow hues. Thin off white head. Huge nose of doughy malt with hints of yeasty fruitiness and alcohol. This is a thick and malty monster with just enough hops to balance. Alcohol at the end is drying and warming. A little rough around the edges but time can fix that. Reminds me of a young old foghorn. Many thanks to Ringo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
I’m not sure what color to call this beer. One I don’t remember it that well and the added color blind thing doesn’t help. Sweet caramel malty taste with a little hop added in. It had a somewhat bitter finish but, not enough to kill it for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Aroma is caramel and malts with some vanilla. Pours a dark reddish brown with almost no head. Taste is caramel and malty sweet. Not as much alcohol taste as other barleywines. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Dark brown......opaque. Somewhat thin, yet very creamy head. Strong, very floral aroma. Sweet flavors of toffee and caramel up front......smooth mouthfeel, with a slight crispness. Extremely strong back with a slightly malty aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (169) - - OCT 13, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Off white head. Slight cloudiness. Smell: very sweet. Caramel or toffee. Raspberry fruit roll up. Berries. Malt. Taste: alcohol. Slight bitterness. On the back end. Sweet berries. Raspberry. Blueberry. Malt Feel: dry. Leaves a thick film on the mouth. Really makes the mouth salivate. Overall: nicely done beer. Goo flavor and mouth feel. Really like the sweet fruits and the slight bitterness. Very well balanced beer. Not what I would call a true barleywine but still a great beer. First Drank: home 10/13/14

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Pours with little to no head. Dark golden red/amber color. Very nice and complex winey nose with hints of bright fruit (cherry and orange) and sweet toasted malt. Medium chewy palate - absolutely no carbonation; almost to a fault. Flavors of caramel, toffee and sweet toasty malt. Touch of bitter hops on the finish. Clean finish, no heat. Nose really teased that this would be an even more complex brew - but still solid in taste and quality. Thanks Ringo!


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