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RATINGS: 401   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 10˛ 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 10˛ Highly-Hopped Barley Wine Ale is usually available into late spring.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Wow. I heard this was coming. Pours a dark brown with a nice head. Scent is pure floral hops. Taste can be best discribed as *huge*. Very bitter yet offset with some malty sweetness. They say ten hops but the Cascade grapefruit sensation is quite prominent. Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Overall it's damn good. It's not as complex as I was expecting but I picked up a few extras for aging. I can't wait to see what it's like in a year or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Massive aroma with huge citrusy hops and massive sweet maltiness. I can tell without a taste that this is going to be a chewy brew. Appearnce is reddish brown. Pretty big head that is totally retained. Head is creamy in appearance. Flavor is massive as well. There is an initial creaminess from the head. This is followed by significant malt sweetness. The finish is all hops and a bit dry. This is a very big beer that is relatively well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Dark orange almost brown in color with barely any head. The aroma is an immediate hit of hops that mellows and is complimented by a touch of molasses. An oily medium bodied beer, with a hint of caramel and molasses to start, malt and hops throughout. The finish is long lasting with a moderate bitterness that gives off a slight smokiness. Overall a very nice beer that hides all that alcohol quite well.

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