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

The Mighty Fish Brewers first produced 10² Barley Wine Ale to celebrate Fish Brewing Company’s 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 10² Highly-Hopped Barley Wine Ale is usually available into late spring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Dark ruby color with a thick creamy off-white head. The lacing is sticky in parts and the alcohol doesn't destroy it too bad. The aroma is very hoppy, slightly musty with a complex hop profile, lots going on in the hops department. The malt isn't too matched up in the aroma. The flavor is a little more balanced with an initial roastyness of caramel that turns into a dry sting of the hops as it works its way down your palate. The overall feel to this beer is very mellow considering the intimidating title. Once you get into this one it really starts growing on you. Wish I had another, or maybe another half (glares at Sham). Thanks JagerQueen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Pours with a thick syrupyness. Dark and thick amber with a frothy, tight-bubbled head. Wafting, yeast-cake nose. Thick and chewy texture with a mild carbonation. Strong, in-your-face flavors and alcohol notes (not fusel or spiked, but strong and lasting). Woodsy and earthy aromas. Very mild malt sweetness (toffee and cooked caramel). Electric hops with a healthy bitterness, but not nose-blowing. I find it interesting that when you use three or four different kinds of hops in a beer, you end up with something strange, but when you use 10, it somehow tastes pretty decent. Safety in numbers, I suppose. RERATE: Rich caramel-soaked malts had many layers. Complex hop flavors and aromas were filled with resinous pine, sugared grass, grapefruit and flowers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 The first thing anyone is going to notice about this beer is the extremely complex aroma coming out of the glass like a sweltering blast of caramel hop alchohol. It is only natural that the beer is going to be big as well, and indeed it is. Blisteringly bitter with a persistent alchohol fire, there seems to be an endless reserve of flavor beneath it all, but only a portion can make it past the abv and IBUs. A touch of toffee is there, along with a very nice buttery caramel malt, but that wonderful balance preserved in the Leviathan and Poseidon seems to be put on hold for the moment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Incredible tangy herbal/citrus hop aroma. Dynamic mix of chewy caramel malt and spicy hop texture. Fairly dry finish that you want to bite into and keep. Almost mouth-numbing, yet flavors keep emerging long after the first sip. Makes you want to smack your lips repeatedly until those around you become so curious they must have one of their own to enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Hazed coppery crimson. Tight light caramel foam. Juicy hop nose laced with jellied fruits, McIntosh apple, bubblegum, lemon rind, and bountiful Crystal richness. Hints of ash-covered wood, coarse pine needles, and soft esters. Perfectly placed phenols work in unison with the sweet malts and pungent hops. Soft, chewy carbonation. Immediately lacerates the palate with raw hop cones. Quite tingly and piney. Non-stop zippy bitterness backed by apple skin and resilient cakey malts. Moderately alcoholic with lots of leafy, earthy hops snuggled in a rich malt physique. Glazed malts linger on the palate with a bushel of coarse pine needles and lemon rind. Finishes notably dry with a light woody undertone and a divine hop complexity. Resilient malt structure does a stunning job keeping it balanced. How they got this behemoth so dry and balanced is confounding. Breathtaking IPA. Thanks, hopsrus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Autumn red. Small,off white,head. You can almost chew the aroma. Lots of sappy/citrus/herbal hops backed up by big earthy,fruiy,sweet malts. Palate is creamy with soft carbonation. Mammoth body. Just a slight sting from the abundance of hops. Chewy,sappy,malty flavors.Malts are lush and chewy.The oak aging is quite obvious on the tounge. Big leafy,piney bitterness before the finish. Finish is full of earthy hops,and malts. Great sweet,bready,toasted malts in the finish. For how extremely hoppy this is,it is damn good right now. As much malt complexity as hops. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2003
nice herbal and citrus hop aroma, dark ruby with a white head, woody earthy hops meld into a citrusy and bitter hop finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Deep copper colored, translucent pours with orangish brown head. Aroma is somewhat alcoholic, which is surpising because the flavor was balanced of hops, that tasted more toward the English style IPA. Oaks is apparent, but by no means a dominate flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry Finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2003
The first thing I noticed was the deep copper color. I knew I was in trouble. Hint of wood and lots of caramel creaminess that coated the mouth and lingered for a long long time. Great hop intensity that does not immediatly disolve the enamel off your teeth. A liitle alcohol burn that was very pleasant. Thanks beer_god!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Huge, big, complicated...fantastic reserve style wood aged strong ale. blah blah blah blah blah ballaha(oops) blah blah blah blah

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