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RATINGS: 1504   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).


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Much darker than I was expecting, not a lot of head, and no lacing. Sweet, slightly pruney aroma with just a whiff of chocolate. These impressions carry through to the flavor, where a coffee tang joins in. Seems overly sweet, and needs more hopping. The vinous character makes me think more of an impy stout, but it doesnít quite get there either. Might be worth aging, but it probably wonít become a better barleywine.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Surprising Barley Wine ale with licorice malts. A heavy body is combined with a dark head aroma of chocolate and the oats make the taste not a traditional Barley Wine, making this beer an original. Not as good as I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
First time trying a barley wine, so nothing to compare it to. Pours a reddish brown with little/no head. Smells like Twizzlers and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and barley. Very sweet, and from what I have read it might be better with some years on it. Just ehh for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, molasses and malt. Tastes of wood and rasin/citrus. The alcohol is warming, great beer for this raining day.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
delacerveza (166) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. Iím not a huge fan of barleywines, but this is probably my favorite of the ones Iíve had. It isnít so overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Looking forward to more once NC gets past its antiquainted beer laws.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Well-executed BW. Flying Dog has disappointed me in the past but this is great. Man, big fragrance, lots of malt, if you kill it youíre missing out.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a dark mohagany and smells of malts and licorice. This is a pleasant barley wine on both the nose and mouth. Alcohol is nicely balanced by sweet malt flavors. nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (159) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
The aroma is sweet and of bubble gum, and fruity hints. The appearance is a deep amber with a massive off white head. The flavor is malty and slightly fruity, a bit liek wine I guess. The beer goes down a bit thick, but is easy to drink. Overall the first of this type for me, so I have nothing to compare to, but I liked this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Slightly malty, more hoppy aroma. Dark brown color. Spritzy carbonation, thin tan head. Toffeeish flavor. Malty profile. Root beer like finish. A bit spicy for me, more like a Christmas type beer than a barleywine. If this would be labeled a Christmas beer I think Iíd like it more. I just had Bellís Batch 6000 before this beer, and this pales by comparison.


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