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RATINGS: 1517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (162) - 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.

3.7
   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.

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 I’d like it more. I just had Bell’s Batch 6000 before this beer, and this pales by comparison.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jwdevalue (158) - Neptune, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This is part of a beer club. Had only one bottle but was decent for the price. Poured great and had a nice finish. Would do again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
calm_dreamer (158) - GREECE - MAR 10, 2013
Very nice barley wine with excellent for the style body and smell of grapes and bread. Tastes of grapes and malt. No head at all. Only minus that after some time the alcohol makes a strong appearance.

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 I’ve stated before, I’m 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 wouldn’t 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 I’d 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.


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