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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle, shared with my father-in-law, who mercifully didn’t care for this beer, so I got to have the whole thing to myself. Dark orange amber, hazy, with a thick frothy milkshake-like head. Luscious floral perfumey hops elevate thick chewy burnt-sugary malts. Moderately bitter finish. The florals here are just crazy! I’ve been thinking of changing my favourite style to barley wines (American style barley wines to be precise), and this beer is the perfect example why. Loved it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6974) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 On tap at Local Option. Pours a hazy deep amber with a yellowish tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of toffee, caramel and a strong pine hop notes. Flavor begins sweet with grains but finish is hoppy and resinous with a hint of backing caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6964) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bomber. Very murky amber pour with a spotty yellow-creamy head. Sticky and chewy. Pine hop and very sweet. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
10oz on tap at Dutch’s. Mostly clear darker red color. Good thin cream-colored head, leaves good thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Great texture.. Lightly dry finish. Great dark fruit aroma, and bigger hop to balance it out. Tropical fruit, some resin, pine. Moderate sweet, bigger bitter taste. Light bit of hoppy heat at the end. A real nice barley wine. A bit of heat to it, but a nice bit of hop as well. Nice, hoppy aromatic stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Draft. Rich caramel beer with a cream head. Caramel and sweet malt aroma. Caramel and sweet malt flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Caramel and sweet malt lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with an attractive tan head and a sugar and alcohol aroma. There is a raspy caramel malt flavor with s some tobacco and brown sugar and noticeable alcohol. It’s much more bitter than the average barleywine. It all works pretty well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
On tap at Max’s. Pours a hazed ruby tinged muddy amber with a thin white head. Gently hoppy, roast and chocolate, malty cocoa. Very sweet, cocoa and chocolate. Malt and roast. Toast, roast. Cocoa and malt, long chocolate on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa. Aroma of licorice, menthol, chocolate, caramel, light raisins. Minty flavor, very hoppy with pine, chocolate, caramel, and tobacco. Rich, controlled sweetness and huge menthol hops. Very nice, burning, hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6673) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5223-20130412] 1pt6floz bottle. Grainy toasted fruity malt aroma has a bit of an oven-fresh melted steel note. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Boozy resin fruity malt flavour has a long sweet malt aftertaste. Medium-full body. Great balance, one of the best barley wines I’ve tried but it’s not my favourite style. (7/3+/8/3/14) 3.5
Overheard: "One of those bottles is edible. You have to find the right one."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6530) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
750 ml bottle. Thanks hanniku.
Pours a hazy dark amber colour. Aroma of stinging floral hops, caramel and gooseberry bush. Rich flavour of floral hops, gooseberry bush, strawberries, caramel and hay. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, bitter and very harsh finish. Too raw at this point, but on the other hand I don’t think that this will improve much after some aging.


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