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RATINGS: 1458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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).


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
I knew something was going to be horribly wrong as soon as I saw this beer. Much too dark for a barleywine, almost black (although not tar-like) body... Malt seems overly heavy, finish is alcoholic/burnt. Aroma was nice but something is definitely wrong here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2003
2001 vintage: Pours dark brown to almost black. Decent carbonation. Light chocolate and coffee aroma mixed with hoppiness. Slight alcohol spritz on the tongue. Bitter taste with coffee dominant. I can't taste the 10.5%. It is well hidden. Finishes dry with a sweet-sour kick. Decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Poured into my favorite drinking glass I was struck with a sweet smell. I can't put a word to it though. Looks thick in the glass, but that could be the darkness of the drink. First sip has a coffee, chocalate muskiness to it. Definatley good in taste, I would like to thank Ervich for the trade for this one.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This is most certainly not a barleywine in flavor, just the alcohol content. It is very nutty and somewhat fruity, with a touch of cocoa in the mix. It's not as smooth as some of the better, well-aged barleywines, but it is very drinkable nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Deep dark ruby hue. Big light tan head. Nose of freshly sliced apples. Im not terribly impressed here. Seems pretty dull, yet alcohol is hidden pretty well. Peppery, light fruit, yellow cherries, apples, lack of hops, light chocolate notes, anise. I wouldnt say this is great, but its F.D.'s best by far...

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Pour is a large frothy brown. Color is a deep dark brown. Aroma is understated, a bit of chocolate. Flavor of raisins contrasts quite nicely with roasted malt. Finish is slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol". i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Out of a bottle at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark with only mahogany hints of color around the edges. Sweet alcoholic caramel nose and almost no head. Some malty sweetness to it and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. An okay beer I guess, but not a good barley wine.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2003
A poor barley wine, alcoholic, phenolic and unpleasant. Hints of smoke and chocolate are buried under a sickly sourness and chemical vapors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Very deep, amber color, with no head present, but moderate carbonation. Chocolate, malty aroma. The flavor is quite decent, with notes of chocolate and cherries. These flavors, however, seem to clash with the hop character displayed in the beer, and this leaves on odd bitter, metallic finish. A decent, but imbalanced barley wine.


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