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RATINGS: 1496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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).


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Vintage 2004 pours a bright dark amber with some floating yeast throughout, small creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of sweet fruity plums. Dark cherry, chocolate and caramel flavors. Full bodied with mild carbonation makes for a creamy and soft mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
This is a very sweet beer. No bitterness to speak of. The alcohol is there but not dominate. Just an okay barley wine. I don’t think I could finish a whole 12 oz bottle.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!

Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.

The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.

Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. I’ve had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1474) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Advertised as a barleywine, I’m not sure if it is. Almost too bitter for the style; more like an imperial IPA. Very good; flavors of sweet maltiness and bitter hops. Has decent head retention, lacing, and a clear garnet color. This is good, and the 10.5% ABV is almost undetectible. Once again, a great beer from the brewers who give beers goofy names.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1812) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Opaque brown with a date like flavor. It tastes like mole-asses! This product is unlike any other BW style ale I’ve tried.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2005 bottle. Dark amber pour with decent head. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, and licorice. Flavors of the same, plus a little honey. Complex flavor. Hop bitterness is a little low for the style. Definitely in my top tier for Barleywines, with a little more hops it could be great.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours thick and gritty with syrupy presence that is a think and amber brown colored. Aroma alittle strong with hints of malty oats and squash. Taste has hints of black licorice and caramel molasses. Looking at the wine through the light I can see large particles in suspension and it just makes this brew so much more appealing. The flavor is very above average and am pleasantly surprised with this brewery. DFefinitely gonna try a few more from here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a nice fluffy head. Malty flavor. Sweet cherry flavor. Full bodied. Decent beer. Fruity aroma and flavor. Nice alcohol burn. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This may be the best from Flying Dog. A big malty cherries nose. A reddish brown appearance. The flavor is very much on the sweet side with some strawberry syrup, honey, and raisins. Not of the best of the style but overall a decent effort.


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