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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Did you also at some point in your life get seduced by promising words like ’probably the best in the world’, ’it works every time’ etc.? This American Barley Wine Ale says it how it is. It’s intense, attention seekingly hoppy, and definitely your kind of beer. A beer with a big ego, drive and a huge thirst for recognition.


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3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnoud (312) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2012
2012.08.07 - on tap at Always Ron's. Pours a ruby copper with thin white head. Aroma very nondescript to my nose. Taste is fleeting, off the taste buds as fast as it was on. Mouthfeel very smooth, almost "flat", little carbonation. For a barley wine, this is very smooth and hides the alcohol well.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dambor (397) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016
Pours ruby red with medium head. Aroma: very pleasant aroma of malt (a bit nutty), herbs, pine tree, some biscuit and bread. Taste: a bit sweet, with hoppy counterbalance, some biscuit and hazelnut. Palate is pretty extreme regarding hops and long. A very good representative of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1715) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle, BB 01/02/2020. Clear bright copper body, medium head. Aroma has American hops, liquid caramel and some figs. Also some sweet vanilla. Medium thick body for the style and the drinkability is nice. Taste has smooth caramel, dried fruit, figs, vanilla and a reasonable dose of American hops. And even the sweetness is in balance (at first I was a bit skeptical that it could perhaps be too extreme like Molotov Cocktail). Feels quite complex, yet also easily drinkable. Good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (2117) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 23, 2016
Copper color. Aroma: esters, malt, dry, raisins, wine, dried fruit. Taste: dried fruit, raisins, sweet port wine, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnase (392) - Kronoby, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle from boxbeers.dk. Pours dark, dark brown with an small off-white head, lacing disappearing. Aroma has strong barley and alcohol, slight vineish notes. Flavor has great smooth caramel malts, slightly bitter, a bit of cocoa almost. Very smooth and quite easy drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polo_marco (313) - milton, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Huge malt scent with oranges and coriander. Deep dark amber in color with two finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly really nice lacing. Super sweet malts come through first then bitter grapefruit with slight booziness in there with grain and cereal taste tingly dry finish. Medium body with slight crisp flatish carbonation. Awesome barley wine style booze hidden very well. Love the complexity or this brew I believe if people can stop being scared of the ABV then you would be bigger then you are. Don’t stop making those crazy brews that has people scared for no reason, great brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (595) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 28, 2016
12 oz pour from bottle into tulip. Pours a purple-brown, reflective, short-lived off-white head. Nose is sweet, fruity, a little raspberry, hint of citrus, malt. Full body, thick. Sweet, similar fruity notes to nose, raisin, bitter, moderate boozy burn on the finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Speko (210) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle 0,33. Pours amber with off-white head. Caramel, berries - black currant, yeast, apple, alcohol is noticeable. Soft and pleasant on the sweet side. Full body and oily texture, soft carbonation. Very nice despite the alcohol notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3943) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Dobre choć nazbyt alkoholowe piwo ze srednia piana ale ladnym ciemno czerwonym krwistym kolorze. Zapach granatow i malin. W smaku poziomka, maliny jagody oraz szczególnie granat. Bardzo alkoholowe i w pierwszym lyku i w nozdrzach się go czulo i zwłaszcza finisz. Lepiej było go ukryc lub po prostu odrobina mniej tak to by było smaczniejsze piwo Bo granat zbombardowany spirytem mi nie pasuje.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (2433) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle, thanks to lambister. Copper color, white head. Aroma has sweet caramel notes, sweet fruits, sherry notes. Sweet malty body, fruits, some hoppy notes, sherry notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (705) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
341ml bottle from Brewery Creek. Bottled May 12, 2014. Pours a murky copper with a beige head. Aroma is candied tropical fruits, citrusy. Taste is till very hoppy with candied tropical fruits, licorice. It is amazing after 2 years! Though remembering Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer 2012 which was tasted in 4 years after bottling and still was very hoppy I am already not surprised :-) Tropical fruits bitterness aftertaste. Excellent!


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