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RATINGS: 1477   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).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
After a night of drinking crap lagers. I need a nightcap drink that would make it all worthwhile. This was definitely what I was looking for. A very warm feeling sneaks up on you when drinking this. Pours a deep amberish ruby color in the light. with a nice tan head, that is huge. A great aroma, just full of fruit flavors. A sweet taste, that I think is more akin to perhaps a winter ale, something you would see around X-mas time. Lots of carmelized sweetness with a bit of a candy cane taste, lots of black cherries, and brandy. Alchohol is apparent but not overpowering. Very enjoyable, to close the night at sit outside on a cool fall night.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Sparkling clear, very dark and deep copper ale. Small, khaki-colored head. The aroma is wonderful! Caramel and milk chocolate; cinnamon and spiced rum. Cherries too. Very sweet, fruity and alcoholic flavor. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Astringent, alcoholic, yet remarkably dry finish… or is that just the alcohol sucking all the moisture from my mouth? A good barley wine. The sweetness actually becomes less cloying as it warms.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waddlcoop (6) - USA - SEP 9, 2003 does not count
had this oneinthe fridge for over a year, don't know how old it was whe nI bought it. Slight refermentation brought up the carbonation a bit. Nice rich malt flavor that disappears off the palate a little too quickly, (probably form the referm...) good alcohol and a fairly well balanced brew. I'll have to try it again with a better sample.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Probably one of the best of the Flying Dogs that I have had. Starts off with a thick liver colored pour with copious amounts of mocha colored foam - leads to good think lacing. The aroma has some brandy essences to it with a touch of molasses. Has some caramel, dates and raisins in the flavor. Not as much hops as I would expect in a Barley Wine though. The 10.5% ABV is apparent but not overwhelming or distracting. Nice thick mouthfeel. Flying Dog did a decent job on this one - still hate their labels though - but this is is easier to read than most.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Deep brown. Close to no head. Aroma of wood, almonds, and bad soy sauce. Tastes just as bad. Initially harsh and full of alcohol, it then mellows out, with a texture and taste of overripe dark fruit. Not enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2003
This poured out of a 12 oz bottle(vintage 2001D).I must say I was quite pleased.Smells of roasted malts,sweet fig/plum/oaty/alcohol.Looks a deep ruby red,nice quick brown-tinted head w/some nice lace.Taste is great.Sweet fig/chocolate/some hop bite in there too on the palate leading to some dryness.Overall I must say this is a fine barley wine when aged.Glad I held out till this one ended up in the .69$ bin!A great treat after one of the best Phish shows ever!(7-29-03)I had to pass one of these along to a van full of heads to try!

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
MaBeer1972 (1288) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 This is my first barley wine ever. No head whatsoever out of the bottle. Deep, dark almost purple-brown color. Wine, eh? Very strong alcoholic smell and taste. -Don't be afraid, take a swig! Phew! Probably much more appropriate on a cold winter's night. Let me think about this one more. -Nope! Say hello to Mr. Drain Pipe!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2003
I drink, therefore I am, a Horn Dog. -Unlike many of the raters I actually enjoyed this beer. It is sweet, acidic, murky, smoky, chocolaty, alcoholic, woody, ha, a Horn Dog with a woody presence, funny, ha! Ok, sorry, that was totally perverted and uncalled for. - But really, this beer is very heavily malted with a fruity, fig, apricot flavor and nose. Overall a very nice strong Barley Wine, I recommend it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
Big big creamy head . Ruby red . Nicely hoppy, malty and yeasty. Bitter and alcoholic finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
Hops, malt aroma, dark brown, with a small tan head. Treacle flavour, fairly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is obvious, average.


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