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RATINGS: 1506   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).

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2009
bottle, dark with reddish glow, bitter, chocolate, alcohol. nice beer! will not become my favourite, but quite a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with a very faint tan-colored head that quickly dissolves into a fine ring around the glass. Aroma is dominated with dried fruits and accompanied with some toasty malts and a little booze. Flavors has plenty of sticky malt and dried raisins. Not much alcohol is detected in the flavor but the flavors do stop short. Its a full to medium bodied beer and has a light carbonation. Decent Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
When I smelled this, I was concerned that it was too hoppy. I was wrong to think this, because the flavor is awesome! Just the right amount of hops. The aroma IS a bit too cloyingly alcohol, though. This has a dark brown/black appearence, The thick thick head disperses quickly, but it then settles into a nice medium. I love this, because it has a full body, but then what should you expect from a barley wine? The flavor is great! I detect some citrus, plums and alcohol. When I go to the liquor store, Iíll look for more from Flying Dog!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kpresley77 (146) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle pours dark copper with little to no head. Aroma is very mild with hints of raisin and alcohol. First taste is sweet fruit then alcohol and hops take over. Finish is dry with some hops burn but alcohol is definately present. Just not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Burgundy brown, rich tan head. This beer is opaque, and a touch hazy in its ethereal darkness. Nose of cooking caramel and hop reduction creating a nose sauce which sets my mouth to watering. Wow, this is highly drinkable. Balanced for a barley wine, it is big and bold yet subtly fruity and easy at the same time. Melon, apple and dark fruit notes about, all wrapped in a molasses, hops blanket of alcohol warmth. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dutchtuga (144) - 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.

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