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RATINGS: 1519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours dark mahogany red with a lot of sediment floating around and a head that almost disappears completely. Aroma is dark cherries and hops. Flavors are carmel, dark cherries, and robitussin, with a somewhat hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, dark malts and dark fruits. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are sweet with lots of chocolate, dark fruit and brown sugar flavors. Hops are slightly herbal and grapefruit. Mostly big sweet malt flavors in this beer, balanced mostly toward the malts, not that that’s a bad thing. Fairly smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a dark, reddish-brown. A barely-there tan head that quickly disappears in to the ether. Smell is a rich maltiness. Caramel and floral hops. Tastes of rich caramel malt. Fruity plum and spiced raisin. Citrusy hops in the finish and aftertaste. Sticky and rich in the mouth. Not bad. I like my barleywines a bit bolder and a bit more complex. This one is really smooth however and does have a nice fruitiness to mix things up. Not one I would drink over and over but solid.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2005
poured dark brown with a wispy tan head that bleed away quickly. nose of strong fig and hops. a thick palatal feel with sweet malty flavor and vivacious hops in foreground. still a bit young and needs to lie. some slight cloying flavors. a couple of years could do wonders.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToXBoy (9) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
12 oz. bottle, Very little head some lace. Dark brown color, with a malty aroma with a touch of citrus. The mouth feel was of oil with a sweet malty flavor that has a bit of bettering hops that are no match for the hops. The alcohol is subtle at 10 % nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle poured dark,dark brown with a nice creamy head and thick lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, light roast and ripe fruit. Flavor is malty with a alcohol kick on the palate. Big alcohol and roasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Barley field aroma, also had that smell of drinking a red wine also. Brown body had decent head and good lacing left on glass. Had a rich chocolate flavor. Just looked at alcohol content, it is hidden in this beer. Would of thought with out looking this tasted like a 6% alcohol beer. Rich malty presence on the palate. A good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2005
Pours hazy and reddish brown with a thin off white head. Fruity caramel aroma with some citrus. Very fruity in flavor with some plum, peach and fig. Malt and caramel also. Large in body with a bitter finish. Unfocused in flavor but good anyway. Would be a good ale to lay down.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 4, 2005
Poured muddy brown with yeast that suspsends itself within the glass and a tan head. Aroma is heavily malty, almost has a chewy sensation in the aroma. Slight chocolate and bread make up the rest of the aroma. Flavor is really sweet malt, with fig, raison, and slight chocolate. Mouthful is oily and it leaves a film. Finish is slightly dry with an alcohol warming sensation. Fine tasting and underated. Got this for $2.49 for a 12 oz and it was a steal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
The beer was poured out of the 12 oz. bottle, with a psychedelic and a bit disturbing label. The pour was deep reddish brown, with a thin and short lived head. Lacing was very good, although the carbonation was quite limited. The aroma was typically English. Restrained, earthy, and spicy hops in the nose were tempered by fig, and vanilla scents. The taste was malt driven, and was primarily sweet and buttery. Dry fruit flavors of fig, raisins, and a bit of toffee, was mixed in with soy saltiness, and a chalky mineral dryness. The hop bitterness was not match for the sweet palette, but did provide a decent backdrop at the end of each sip. Alcohol was hot with a peppery aftertaste, but otherwise well hidden under the layers of complimentary flavors. Thick and soothing, this is a very good nightcap sipper.


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