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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Vintage 2003B. Originally rated March 14, 2005. Deep ruby brown pour, with no head and weak lacing. Practically still. Sweet plain malt aroma. Very sugary with a musty background. Finishes grassy. A little bit of raspberry chocolate. Alcohol is a little too strong on the tongue. Not very much hops profile. Re-rating another slightly older bottle. Im more impressed this time around, its a very honorable English-style.

Cellar rating. 12oz Bottle. 2003B. Purchased in February 2005. Tasted on July 28, 2008. Light spritz and then a pour into the glass of red ochre, with a fringe in gold and a rim in off-white. Aroma is oxidized, but maintains some very pleasurable caramel, ripe plum and pear, and a bit of cheap brandy. Not bad. Flavor holds spiciness, heat, and a rich caramel body. More complex cocoa powder dust, almond paste, and sponge pudding hold up the majority of the body. A bit of dust, oxidation and celery seeds feel out the depth of the flavor. Still hot and burgeoned with a bit too many esters. Yet, the prickly carbonation keeps it alive and lets the well-melded malt character show. Palate is fairly balanced, but edges sweet and warm. Interesting to try at five years, but nothing Id get overly excited about hanging onto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2005
03.08.05 Handsome, regal purple color with a hazy brown mud. Stark, wine-like aromas, grapey and some molasses. Burning alcohol detracts and pains the sinuses. Beautiful soft body is velvety and full. Despite the fabulous palate, the beer is hot and young in its malt/hop balance. This one could be worth socking away for a year or more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Since this is my first "barleywine", my scores will probably seem more forgiving than others here. Heavy malt aromas with apple, honey and a hint of alcohol. If you ever found a reeeally old carton of orange juice in the back of your fridge, the color is similar. Bottle poured with a small head that quickly reduced to a tan film. Syrupy, malty, fruity flavor with hints of fresh tobacco. Pleasantly sticky finish that allows the alcohol to warm your throat. Mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Gift from Jimmack04. Not the most fav style for me, bit I am coming around to it, and who can argue with the ABV! Poured a deep murky looking brown. was sweet and malty and POW! the alcohol came right out. Not bad, possibly the best from the flying dog co.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor was a bit more malty sweet than a lot of other barleywines. The hop bitterness was more subdued. I had a bottle of this last week and really enjoyed it, but having two more since then has tempered my enthusiasm. Its still enjoyable, but with other world class barleywines widely available, why bother?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle from Cornboy. Pours a deep brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit (plums). Taste is sweet, dark fruits again, caramel, toffee. Finish has a medium alcohol burn. Medium-full body. Better than anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Hazy, dark brown pour. No head. Malty aroma with hints of licorice. Taste mirrors the aroma with bonus touches of oats, chocolate, and subtle hops. Medium/full body, dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Easily the best Flying Dog brew Ive had (I have yet to try the Double IPA). Unusual pour, cloudy but without sediment, no head. Full caramel aroma mixed with big whifs of alchohol. A nice character is that this barley wine takes on such a huge percentage but never really overpowers the beer. The downside of this however is the fact that the beer really is just a touch on the watery side. I felt that it was slightly watery despite all of the caramel malt, and really lacked some oomph in the finish. There is definitely a good template here for the dogs over there to work with, but as it is, this barley wine is still around par, especially for the demanding style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a purple hue and no head. the aroma is very hoppy and there is lots of alcohol in the nose. Also noticed is a bit of a floor polish type aroma. The taste is hoppy with orange notes and plummy fruit too. The alcohol comes through but this is not a brash, harsh barley wine, instead it is pleasantly drinkable.

   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.

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