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RATINGS: 1491   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).


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutchtuga (141) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2013
Very nice flying dog. Pours dark black and leaves a taste with hints of raisin, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
A very nice barley wine on tap. dark mahogony brown. nice frothy tan head. You can taste the alcohol a little... but what do you expect from a barley wine. Full of flavor, but well balanced. Sweet smooth, a little hops for balance, and notes of roasted coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown. With little to no head. Nose is very fruity with a pleasant bannana aroma with a spicey hop punch. Flavor is again fruity with more bannana and a mild hop bitterness. Not overwhelming, a very mild barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Poured from a vintage 2003B bottle, this is a deep, dark amber color, pretty thick and syrupy coming from the bottle. The aroma was like wine: with grape/raisin and alcohol most noticeable. The flavor starts with some hoppy bitterness followed by fruity and wine tastes, and finishes with some nice alcohol warmth. Enjoyable.

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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Wow! I bought this just because it was something I hadn’t sampled from my local store. Holy crap. I am blown away by this. I just finished brewing my first homebrew, smelling something totally different a honey ale with extra light notes, cascade hops, etc. So this was kind of night to my homebrew’s day. Pours a really rich ruby color. Nice very light head. Very complex aromas Hard to single out aromas as they are equal malt/hops, nothing stands out. The complexity continues to the flavors, wonderful mingling of malt, hop, sweet to bitterness. This has firmed up my thoughts that barley wine is one of my favorite cold weather beers.

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.


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