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RATINGS: 1492   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).


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, - NOV 11, 2012
0,355l bottle from Beer Bier, Budapest. Clear, dark amber color with medium, white head. Liqueury, grainy odor. Sweet, honey, alcoholly aroma. Harsh sweet taste. Medium to full body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Grainy finish. This beer is not much better than malt liqueurs. Itís too sweet and too alcoholly, and at the same time itís not hoppy enough, not malty, not caramelly enough. They said, it needs a long bottle maturation. Maybe after two years, itís much different.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2575) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Kveldens siste pŚ RBHD-samlingen pŚ Tau okt-14: uklar brun med kort beige gardinskum (kanskje fordi jeg fikk slutten pŚ flasken). Aroma&smak av fiken, dadler, rosiner og honning. en godt vurdert anvendelse av humler gjÝr at det ikke blir klebrig.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (611) - HUNGARY - OCT 21, 2014
0.355l bottle. Very dark orangish ruby body, off-white head. The aroma reminds me of a very strong doppelbock. Strong roasted malt and dark fruit character escorted by some caramel and even some chocolate. The high alcohol content is quite obvious, but not in a disturbing way. The taste is pretty much what the aroma suggests: roasted malts, toast, dark fruits and chocolate with noticable booze. Medium-full body with quite lively carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Beautiful deep red colour, low off-white head. Moderate aroma with notes of dark dried fruits, hints of oak, dust and alcohol. The body is somewhat lighter than expected, which makes the beer quite drinkable. Medium sweet, nicely balanced with the hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
abemorsten (2831) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
0,33 l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Clear deep copper colored body with a short lived light brown film lingering as a rim. Dates, prunes and honey notes on the nose. Malty sweetness balanced with a light papery bitterness and alco warmth. Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Shared bottle at RB/HD gathering at Tau 18.10.14. Clear copper. Small, pale brown head. Aroma of sweetness, dried fruit and spices. Also dates and chocolate in taste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"a little harsh from the alcohol (which is not hidden particularly well)...otherwise a pretty solid interpretation of the english style, but there are so many better examples, i wonít be back for this one either."

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
355ml bottle poured into a chalice. Very fair Barley Wine. And I have to admit: I love Barley Wine beers! They are so "intense" beers, in many aspects. A: Beautiful art work (Flying Dog beers are special in these regards). Beautiful cloudy amber color with a very thin head S: Pure pleasure. Sweet. malty and fruits (grapes mainly). Perfume hops. Alcohol in the end (10.5% ABV is usually impossible to be imperceptive) T: Caramel malt (fresh malts!). Hoppy as a good American Barley Wine should be. Molasses with some cask notes in the end M: Liquorous medium to heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Bitter start with good bitterness retention D: The first time Iíve had this beer, it was in the Delirium Caf√© (in Belgium) and Iíve underestimated itís drinkability. As a matter of fact, today, in the comfort of home, I feel like I could easily drink more 2 bottles before falling down... :) [ BA Review @ 2/4/2010 ]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BagerPL (116) - - OCT 11, 2014
Lepsze ni? nogne barley wine. Stonowana alkoholowosc i goryczka. Lekko owocowy aromat.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Well, this was my first Barley Wine ever, and I have to say I really liked it. It reminded me of a cross between a scotch ale and port. Great beer and fun label too.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JLDC (72) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Colour: coffee-like brown with a thin beige head. Nose: loads of fruits (plums, apricot). Notes of roasted malts, raisins and oak. Wheat toast and yeast. Flavours: slightly smoky, forest fruits return. Vanilla, licorice, chocolade, candy sugar. Hints of alcoholic content. Finish: long and lingering. More alcoholic, but nicely balanced. Verdict: very nice barley wine. Really balanced.


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