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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
10 Types of Hops - 100 IBUís - 10% alc by vol. - Oak Barrel Aged - October, 2003

The Mighty Fish Brewers first produced 10≤ Barley Wine Ale to celebrate Fish Brewing Companyís tenth anniversary. The ale was so good and the response to it so overwhelmingly positive that it has become the crown jewel of our new RELEASES line. Ten different hops - Horizon, Chinook, Columbus, Willamette, Tradition, Northern Brewer, Santiam, Tettmanger, Cascade and Golding, in the order of their use - give Ten Squared a unique hop character which has to be tasted to be believed. Even with 100 IBUs, this brew sports a strong malt backbone. Two-row Pale, Caramel 40, Caramel 75, Special B and Aromatic malts impart remarkable balance for such a hop monster. This is smooth ale with surprising similarities to ten year old malt whiskey. Produced for the Holidays 10≤ Highly-Hopped Barley Wine Ale is usually available into late spring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Pumking goblet. Bottled October 2011. Thanks to mfavoino for the bottle. A: Pours a deep amber color with some ruby and brown hues in the body. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick, bubbly ring. Sheets of soapy lace are left down the glass. S: Piney and earthy hops upfront with a malty backbone. Some slightly sweetness on the backend, but this a hop forward and earthy barleywine. Mild raisin pops up as it warms. A little brown sugar as well. T: very malty upfront. Oaty and sweet there are underlying pine and grass notes. Some dark fruits with a little alcohol notes. Not hot though. Some caramel sweetness on the back end. The hops creep back up on the finish with a bitterness that cuts the sweetness. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a drying finish. O: Pretty solid overall. I canít imagine how hoppy this was a year ago, but I like the level where itís at now. Earthy and piney bitterness meet a sweet and oaty malt base. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4786) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep brown/ruby with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and pale malts plus a good amount of floral and citrusy hops. Flavor about the same. Average to smooth texture. A good beer but not the best barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Central City Liquors, Surrey
Dark amber color, almost brown, with medium sized nitro creamy head. Strong aroma of malt, caramel, some fudge; and hops; later, there are tones of cream, sweet nuts, phenol. Itís full bodied, with a very good malt flavor, compounded by a characteristic dark caramel, roasted nuts, and very strong bitterness; the final presents some nice hop resins, and more nuttiness.
Very good, nutty American Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2067) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark red amber and its hazy with a soft sudsy off white head that leaves a spotty film and soapy collar. Aroma has a strong hoppy scent with solid caramel malt as well. Taste is bitter earthy hops and solid sugary caramel malt and subtle fruitiness. Palate is full sticky and dry with a warming finish. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1466) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap. Solid barleywine. Citrus hoppiness with a hefty caramel malt balance. Smooth texture. Lots of similarities to Old Ruffian. Alcohol content was stealth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2828) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bomber from Valley Farm. Dark hazy amber in color. Nose is pretty potent. Sweetness, hops and a hint of alcohol dominate aroma. Hops up front and pretty much throughout. A little sweetness and dark fruit behind the ample hop flavor. Surprised the hops play such a dominant role considering this was brewed over a year ago. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2044) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Deep reddish copper in color with a tan head. Strong, malty, sweet. Dried fruit flavors (fig, raisin, cherry) and a hoppy finish. Dark alcohol taste reminds me of oak aged ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2012
This one doesnít mention anything about being oak or barrel aged. Tasted from a capped 220z bomber bottle. Pours darker than the average barley wine with an average white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is quite hoppy with a lot of caramel and maple malt as well. The flavor is the same, this is a very hopped up American style Barley Wine with tons of caramel and maple malt, but the alcohol held nicely in check. The body is full with average carbonation and a very long bitter hoppy and caramel malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3412) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2012
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in October 2011(1 year). Pours very hazy brick red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing on the glass, with some alcohol legs. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, caramel, earth, molasses, toast, herbal, raisin, biscuit, light chocolate, wood, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big caramel, pine, toast, grapefruit, biscuit, grass, earth, molasses, light chocolate, wood, herbal, raisin, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, herbal, grass, molasses, dark fruit, biscuit, light chocolate, toast, wood, earth, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; nearly zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. Very nice complexity, depth, and balance of flavors; quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pours opaque amber with a three finger head. Smell is hoppy and fruity. Taste is light bread, caramel, lemon. Pretty light for a barleywine. Sort of odd.

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