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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).


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark brown. Beige head. Light Aroma of sweet, roasted malt & hops. Thin, syrupy feel. Very sweet flavour of caramelized sugar, caramal, & molasses, w/ earthy hops. Not particularly well-structured.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(Brown tragedy of 2003 survivor) Alcohol dominates this beer from aroma to finish....not masked very well. Murky maroon in color, medium sized beige head. Very bready in taste, with an alcoholic fruit finish....not very pleasant going down...run of the mill bwine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Wheaty aroma with alcohol overtones. Good strong malty flavor with an alcohol burn that is not that bad. Smooth, like a good strong liquer.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4714) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Dark in colour, especially for a barley wine. The beer poured with a bit of head as well, which is odd for a usual still style. Very sweet smell with tons of sugar and sweet fruit (figs speak out loudly) and also some malty hints. A thick mouthful that is definately malt loaded. Some chocolate tones are picked up on the taste, which I find a bit strange for this style. The aftertaste was a bit 'ordinary' with not too much complexity. A decent beer, but not too good for the style. Worth trying, but if you havent had any of the more accessible barley wines, definately try those (anchor, sierra nevada, dogfishhead, etc).

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 Had this while camping after a big dinner. Bottle from 01, 2 years aged. Aroma of mollasses and chocolate. Dark amber color with generous head and lots of silky lacing on the glass. Flavors of fig and chocolate malt with a good amount of hops that tingle in your mouth. There was not a very strong alcohol taste to this and was a tad overcarbonated on the palate and very dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Smells like a sweet wine.when poured has little head that disappears fast.Has a spicy taste and warm going down.The finish lingers on for a while and keeps ur stomach warm

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Not a real good barley wine.Aroma is nice at first but then the taste falls short.Does have a little bit of a burnt finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is an alright Barley Wine, with pretty good color and head and a nice nose, but the flavor is totally lacking in any hop character, is kind of flat. Really unremarkable among BWs.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2609) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Promising aroma, with caramel and brown sugar, a touch of berry, spicy hop and a strong twinge of pine and alcohol. Deep, dark, solid red-brown in color, with a massively foamy and lasting head. Flavor begins with some rather sugary sweet caramel and bready maltiness, but is then gracelessly overlayed with a very strong astringent, spicy bitterness and brash alcoholic fire. Generously hoppy finish, some faintly lingering fruit and nut. Vintage is unhelpfully left blank on the label, but I'm guessing it's pretty recent. This beer has fairly enjoyable flavors, but they occur at the wrong times and in the wrong places, somehow. I want to say that aging would help, but that's probably no guarantee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Blood cider appearance with a ring of carbonation. This is an easy going, moderate barley wine with evident malts and a possible touching of orange. The texture was mildly syrupy. Well balanced sweetness.


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