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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2644) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2004
99 vintage, Before it got the Horndog title i guess ? Small, brown, large bubbled head that fades into a thin ring and a light film on top of this clear chestnut colored brew. Malty, fruity nose with hints of black licorice and some very subdued citrus notes as well. Med/full body, creamy texture. Big malt flavor, dark fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate, caramel, a bit musty and a dab of alcohol thrown in also. Medium sweet, fruity finish. Has seemed to hold up fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Murkey dark caramel color. Complex aroma. Very full flavored beer. Some slight warming. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Dark brown with a marginal head when poured. Aroma is strong, with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and some toasted malts. Sweet taste with more of the chocolate and raisin/plum along with a noticeable alcohol kick towards the end which lingers into the finish. I got a 4 pack of thse and I think Iíll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Brown Coloring. Frothy Head. Barley Aroma... Some Roasts Here..Chocolate..Donít Taste the Licorice.. Some Raisin and Cola Flavors. Slight Warming At the End. Alcohol Hits you Later. Very good Barley Wine..Not Extremely Sophisticated...May Warrant Aging and Trying Again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Very dark red, slight head fades away. Good aroma, an interesting meld of molasses, cola, and spruce. Flavors are similar. Simultaneously refreshing from the cola and resin flavors, yet warming from the alcohol. Touch of burn from the alcohol. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlightner (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Rather complex beer - taste the chocoate and roasty carmel flavors. A bit on the sweet side. Color is rich amber; the presences of the malt is definitely in the aroma. For a higher percentage ale, this alcohol does not overpower the flavor and richness of this beer. Definitely would recommend this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This has a slightly phonelic/medicinal sweet front end flavor with some prune and date notes, and a somewhat bitter finish; maybe some burnt sugar there too. Not much in the complexity dept., but Iíd drink this again, maybe on a cooler evening than this sampling......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Bottled...consumed 8-10-04. Cloudy, dark, dark garnet color, opaque, smallish tan head and no lacing. Aroma is thickly malts, caramel and toffee, some alcohol. Body is thick, carbonation is light, semi dry. Flavor is dominated by malts, caramel, hints of licorice, toffee, some toasty character and a brief, hop bite thatís literally like a bite, like a fish eating half your worm and swimming off. Finish is fairly balanced, alcohol is very tastable and the flavor, although not overly complex is kind of chunky still and will improve, but not greatly, with some more aging. Not as big as some barley wines, despite the 10.5%, making it go down a little faster, but still slow. Enjoyable drink and looking forward to winter again to enjoy these "winter warmers."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Pours a hazy light brown with a short lived head. Strong hoppy aromas give a hint of the flavors awaiting your first sip. Flavor is complex, quite bitter, hoppy and somewhat red wineish. Finish is warm and balanced with the alcohol coming through in the aftertaste. A nice barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2004
The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a murky brown with ruby high lights, the head is generous in size and semi-creamy in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it slowly dematerializes the resultant lace a thick blanket to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of fusel alcohol, caramel and a nice crisp clean nose overall. Start is cloyingly sweet, thick with malt and the top medium to full in feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness; the aftertaste continues the sweetness with a hint of alcohol bitterness, maybe just a bit too sweet for me

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