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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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).


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours a dark brown, small white head, lots of lacing .Aroma of sweet malty barley. Flavor is is sweet with alcohol, hops and choclate after taste. Thanks to Heemer for this one!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 Very dark, slightly cloudy body with no head. The aroma is toffee, leaves, and a pleasant mustiness. The taste begins fairly sweet more like an English style barleywine. As you drink the tastes of anise, bread, cola and sherry all come to play. This is a nice complex, yet fairly light bodies barleywine. Nice. I am aging a couple more of these.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Slightly malty, more hoppy aroma. Dark brown color. Spritzy carbonation, thin tan head. Toffeeish flavor. Malty profile. Root beer like finish. A bit spicy for me, more like a Christmas type beer than a barleywine. If this would be labeled a Christmas beer I think I’d like it more. I just had Bell’s Batch 6000 before this beer, and this pales by comparison.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Pour is dark amber/light brown with a fading head. Aroma is pure sweet caramel malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet with touches of caramel, honey and a hint of chocoate malt. Not enough hops in this barleywine for my liking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Bottle. Poured a very small tan head, sparse lacing and a reddish brown hue. Malty, licorice, port, sweet, and alcohol aroma. Flavor was sweet, chocolate, malt, hops and somewhat syrupy tasting in the end. Mouthfeel was sweet, smooth and dry. A medium-full bodied barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Deep, dark red color, going on black, with a very thin head. Very strong, but sweet, malt aroma. A little grainy, but malt and raw barley are predominant. Quite sweet. It strikes me as very raw; there is not much protection from the alcohol. It could use some time to settle, but good even right away.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Deep amber in color with a very thin, almost non-existent tan head. Aroma of strong malt and maybe a little licorice with a touch of brandy. Flavor is malty with a dark fruitiness ... unlike some others, I can definitely taste the alcohol here. Silky mouthfeel ...spicy, dry finish. Very nice barleywine, but not quite as balanced as I had hoped. Still, very flavorful and pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Reddish brown/mahoganey, thin soapy off-white head. Not a bad aroma. Quite nice, actually. Chocolate, woody and citrusy hops, maybe some black cherry and other sweet fruits. Flavor is way too sweet. I don’t like overhopped barleywines.. but this is just too much on the opposite end. Sweet sweet chocolate, licorice. Some citrusy hops linger in the finish. Nicely smooth on the tongue though. I love the aroma, and want to like the taste... just can’t get over the sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque violet/brown with a small, sparse tan head. I hate to rip off the commercial description, but the aroma is full of licorice and chocolate, with little alcohol present for a 10.5% beast. Flavor is super malty, with similar tones as the aroma, but the malt bill really comes through. This is loaded, very sweet and rich, coating my entire mouth with caramely goodness. Finishes dry and sticky. The alcohol is never very much present. Good stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Dark brown with a very thin tan head. Caramel and malty aromas with a licorice and hop nose. Buttery malt and caramel flavors with a dry licorice end. Warm and dry palate.


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