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RATINGS: 1496   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).


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2009
complex stuff, little brown head, choco / molasses flavours, acl kept under control

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2010
Deep aromas of christmas pudding, toffee, plums, wood and vanilla bean. Quite sweet. The heat from the alcohol might be a little over the top. Full texture and mouthfeel. Slight touch of pleasant bitterness. A pretty good barleywine.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2003
A poor barley wine, alcoholic, phenolic and unpleasant. Hints of smoke and chocolate are buried under a sickly sourness and chemical vapors.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacemonster (84) - Igo, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
This stuff looks great, dark mahogany with a sweet nose. The malts are really smelly/good. The taste is like better than say? totally sweet messes like MM Charley-wine. As good as bigfoot. Not quite the genius of Hog Heaven. Dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins galore. A bit of a cognac hit in the trailing off. Ends like a sweet worn-in fender reverb amp. This is a really good beer. Highly recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleynhops (82) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle: Pours an amber brownish color with a thin tan head. Smells like a hoppy, doughy sweetness but surprises you with a unigue well blended brew. It will really warm you up quickly.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Nice to see that I am not the only one that dislikes the flying dog line up of "beers" probably my second favorite from them though not as bad as I was expecting given my history with there other offerings....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Nice beer. Smooth and really well balanced. nice caramel flavours coming from the malt.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Weak aroma with too much astringency. Dark amber color with only a slight head (typical of most Barley Wines). Some dried fruit taste, but mostly alcohol dominates. Very thin palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Chocolate aromas. No head or lacing. Dark mahogany color. Rich chocolate, malt flavors. Slight bite from alcohol. Okay for a barley wine, but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JLDC (78) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Colour: coffee-like brown with a thin beige head. Nose: loads of fruits (plums, apricot). Notes of roasted malts, raisins and oak. Wheat toast and yeast. Flavours: slightly smoky, forest fruits return. Vanilla, licorice, chocolade, candy sugar. Hints of alcoholic content. Finish: long and lingering. More alcoholic, but nicely balanced. Verdict: very nice barley wine. Really balanced.


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