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RATINGS: 1472   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).


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle pour. Pours a weird hazy dark orange/red/brown color with a light brown head that doesn’t stick too much. A light malt/chocolate/roasty aroma mixed with some banana, red wine, licorice, and alcohol. Moderate sweet flavor and light bitterness with a dash of alcohol on the throat. Longer finish that I would have liked. The bitterness hides then shows up with a spark.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours amber. Caramel, some citrus a little sweet. Not a real complex beer that is needing something more. As it warms the alcohol is very noticable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Dark red pour with a thin head. Sour, Flemish notes in the nose, with the standard barleywine brown sugar aroma. Decent flavor of sugar and alcohol, with dark fruit, some roasted malt flavor, and coffee. Nicely complex for a barleywine that gets no respect. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. Flavor is a little bland compared to the aroma. Still pretty damn good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours an interesting cloudy red brown with minimal cream-colored head. Sweet malty chocolate bouquet. Chocolate and raisin flavors with a light touch of vinegar. Moderately viscus mouth feel. Pretty solid, but not very session-able.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle from Flying Dog pub 9/27/06. Pours a dark amber, clear with a thick tan head. Aroma is really strong maltiness with hints of alcohol. Body is thick. Flavor is strong maltiness with some dark fruit and raisins. Finishes very clean. Overall, very surprised....I’ve had this a few times before and wasn’t impressed. Only got this bottle because I was with someone who wanted to try it. Not sure if it’s the freshness or the batch, but very enjoyable, very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Aroma is sweet and candylike. There is little head. The flavor is sweet with hints of grape. There is a nice oaky finish with some alcohol warmth. Not my favorite barleywine but tasty nonetheless!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. No head but some carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is candied raisins and sugar with a big dose of alcohol. The taste is very bold and upfront with sweetness and a nasty out of balance hops and alcohol lashing at the end. I love big beers but this ones flavor profile seems totally out of whack. I probably should have let it age for awhile. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Nice and smooth and creamy with a great coating effect. Not a barley wine I will buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a hazy amber. The nose is a very strong cabernet with subtle notes of malt. Comes across the palate with a semi-sweet cabernet flavor with a bitter after taste, your palate eventually adjusts so its not so bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2013
A reddish brown pour. Taste is sweet, alcohol, caramel, malt and fruits...missing some hops. Okay Barley Wine.


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