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RATINGS: 1512   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
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
This beer was ok for a barley wine which, as Iíve stated before, Iím not a fan of. The aroma is awful Sickening sweet aroma that turns my stomach. Nice dark amber color. The flavor is ok with dark fruit taste. I wouldnít drink it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
12 oz bottle from 09. Pours a hazy dark brown to dark cherry wood. Notes of sweet and citrus hops, slight breadiness, spicy alcohol, caramel and honey. A medium, sticky body carries some juicy and floral notes but finishes with a bit of a hop bite, some spiciness, warming alcohol and an underlying sticky cider-like feel and a candied apple taste.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
Aroma is fruity and malty but not real bready like most barleywines. Taste is smooth for something that hasn't aged much. Taste is bready, caramel, plumbs and cherries. A little dry hop at the end. Alcohol is mild. This seems like a rather tame barleywine (which is surprising at 10.5%). I enjoyed it though. There's still enough flavor to make this a very good barleywine IMO. Got another one aging. Let's see.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2006
A dark reddish-brown color with a very small off-white head that disappears quickly. Nice sweet aroma of dark fruit, toffee and caramel malts. Flavor is very malty with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol with a long, sweet and slightly salty finish. Full-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a pretty good brew, but mediocre as far as barley wines go.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
Wow. A bit darker than Iíd expect from a barley wine but, when raised to the nose it is all there: sour yeasty bread, fresh grass, spicy cinamon and a bit of fruity banana carried on the warm alcohol notes. So soft and rich in the mouth, it feels far heavier than the taste and aftertaste indicate. And the hops, rather than overpower the rest of the rainbow of flavoursome notes just allow the tongue to carry them on and on. As I said at the start, wow.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle from the brewery. Vintage 06C. Drank on 8/4/06. Pretty dark, almost thick looking pour. Color is very dark amber, about as dark as can be without being brown. Creamy, bubbly 1" tan head. Slowly drops to a thin layer of foam / bubbles, eventually to a ring. Not much lacing. Aroma - grapes, raisins, plums. Winelike with some alcohol presence. Big, underlying sweetness. Flavor - Fairly high up front bitterness. Sweet with lower bitterness from middle to end and some fruity flavors on the tongue. After the swallow there is a red wine-like presence, some alcohol warmth and flavor, and some plum, raisin, and grape flavors. Just slightly tart. Palate - pretty full bodied. Carb. slightly lower than avg., good for the style. Overall - Good, not great barley wine. A little too wine-like for me with not enough "american" barley wine style hop flavor and aroma. Itís good though, and is plenty interesting. Nice body. Not sure why itís so dark though.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeratarian (150) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours from a 7 oz. bottle a nice medium brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet dried cherry and alcohol, a little smokiness< nice aroma. Taste is of fresh cherries and slightly smoky and roasty in the finish. Smooth finish and overall but lacking some kick. Overall the palate is thin for the %, definately taste alcohol, could be a great beer if it had some more malt body and piney hops. Worth the 99 cents for a 7 oz. bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
12 oz bottle, 4-pack sampler. This is my first barley wine -- not sure what to expect . . . Pours a dark amber, with orange copper tints. Little beige head, disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet malts - some caramel, licorice, a hint of fortified wine. I taste some Manischewitz Concord grape wine, barley malt, a hint of leather, and some earthy hops to balance. The alcohol is well masked; to be honest, I could sense it more with my nose (a slight twinkle of fume) than with my tongue, though the alcohol leaves a trace of its presence on the palate. Low carbonation that sits about right. Quite decent, a good introduction, but nothing thatís going to send me on a quest for more any time soon.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Tan head. Sweet malty aroma. A fair amount of hops mixed in with the sweet malty flavor. Very syrupy on the palate. Pretty good barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2006
This beer poured a deep red with no head. The aroma is sweet and floral. Something else is there thatís unlike other barley wines. The taste is sweet and easy with the same aftertaste.


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