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RATINGS: 1528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. Brewed with copious amounts of prized malts and flaked oats, the Barley Wine is so strong that it has to be aged for several months before we can bottle it. Like a fine wine, it will continue to improve with age up to 2 years after bottling (If kept cool).


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. a little on the bitter side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. I’m not a huge fan of barleywines, but this is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve had. It isn’t so overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Looking forward to more once NC gets past its antiquainted beer laws.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. I really am enjoying this barley wine (as a write) it poured a rich brown-amber with a beautiful tan head. great aroma of the flavors it presented in its taste rum, brandy, caramel, raisin, plums, slight alcoholic tinge on the end of the tounge arises... very round and warm, a soothing, relaxing, warming beer. I enjoyed this as much as SN’s bigfoot.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
I don’t think that it stands out among Barley Wines but I found it to be very enjoyable and delicious. I would certainly drink more of these. I looked at the graphs and it seems to be trending higher so perhaps they have tweaked the recipe. Very dark, no head. Inviting spicy aroma and taste. The spices and flavuors seemed to be more nutmeg like and less cinamon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Dark and rich, powdery and heavily leaning to the malt rather than the excessively hopped varieties I tend to prefer. Nice, but would be far more pleased if a complimentary hop was added.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Very dark brown in color with an unfiltered, opaque visibility. Head is tan colored and forms well when poured but dissapates quickly. Aroma is rich, milk chocolate and in your face. Caramel lies underneath and some alcohol as well. Aroma alone lets me know that this beer is huge with thick malt sugars intensifying the aroma as it warms. Concentrated unfermented malt sugars surround the english hop flavor, higher alcohols, and underpinning bitterness. Reminds me of a big English-style Barleywine/Old ale. The syrupy sweetness, the concentrated maltiness, the pungent initial bitterness and straightforward character should intensify in complexity with sherryish and madeira-like qualities. One for aging for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
BOttle. Cherry, sweet, honey, thick coating mouthfeel. Floral, maple syrup, molasses. Finish is very nice. It foes form sweet to a great spicy biterness. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 The aroma reminded me of my grandma’s soap dish, being sweet and effervescent, moderately driven by the alcohol, plus notes of cherry, hairspray, and childrens’ toothpaste. Moderately frothy with some additional grape notes coming out in the flavor, finished with roasted qualities. Amber color. Decent drinking. (8-4-7-4-14) // Re-rate: Classically hoppy, tobacco as it warms, plus sweet grape. Very dark, wood brown. Smooth, low carbonation, smooth, slightly air-filed, frothy. Grape flavor from malts. Nice blend of sweet caramel and hops. (7-4-8-4-15)

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 final beer from a fun night with nuffield and lumpy, good beer and good folks is...well a good thing. poured a slightly purple brown with a thin ring of a head. plum and cherry aroma with a light alcohol tint. syrupy texture and a sweet taste. sweet cherry and brown sugar. very sticky and rich with a nice vanilla note. a combo of caramel and fruit is present in this. enjoyable. the alcohol is well hidden . rerate, sorta, tied the year old 034 and o3. have to say the beer peaks around a year of aging. still good at 2, but a bit dusty with an overpowering raisin. the year old was superb. embracing fruity hops still present but everything melds. a damn fine beer. worth sitting on.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Pours from bottle (Vintage 04A) black and tawny, little to no head. Typical barley wine sniff of malt. Black forest. Or caramel cooked 10 seconds too long. But good. Is that rosemary hiding in there? Great bottlelabel by the way. Taste: much different than Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Brooklyn Monster; a taste all its own, though maybe not quite as good as the two afore mentioned. Not licorice. Sugar free caramel, chocolate, malt malt malt. Malted milk and Pepsi? Yes, that’s it. Nice pallet, slow to drain. Coats the throat. Neat warming barley wine alcohol kick. When to drink this? Before sex, but not before breakfast. 75%.


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