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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of raisins, plums, and caramel. Flavor of hops, dark fruit, and vinous with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11889) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 A big, big beer. Poured a rich amber color with a medium off-white head. Nice malt aroma gives way to a sweet, balanced blend of malt and hops. Quite smooth, low carbonation. Really tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2004
Deep brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit (plum). Taste is sweet, dark fruit (plum), caramel. Finish has a medium alcohol burn. Medium-full body.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Labeled 2006B. Aroma of malt and chocolate - I think there really was a light wiff of licorice when the cap came off. No head. Brownish color. Starts dried plum and raisin. It’s malty sweetish, and has a firm mouthfeel. Hop is very light. The alcohol warms the palate, and the throat, and below. As it warms, there does seem to be pear, probably not apple.The mouth sensations do seem to turn a bit unpleasant, if one quits sipping. Sort of like heated banana. This is pretty complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11526) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Amber color with yeast, offwhite head. Malty, nutty vinous aroma, some american style hops, vanilla and sweet fruits. Malty, vinous flavor, sweet fruits, raisins, some alcohol, milky and with a nice full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11460) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2010
355 ml bottle from Voldby. Brown/amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, sweet, little ash and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11281) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
Very dark brown with a red hue, big and creamy beige head. Aroma of malt and bread, with port and dried fruits. A true barley wine aroma, but a bit simple. Really malty dominated flavour, with lots of sweetness and complex notes of the high alcohol content. After a while, the malt sweetness gets a little cloying like a bad doppelbock. If we had geographically divided sub-styles, I would count this as an English, not an American barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11260) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Řlbutikken, Cph. Pours a very deep dark brownish red - without light behind it, it looks positively black. A nice, staying creamy off white head with good lacing. Aroma is sweet, lots of dried fruits, chocolate and Belgian sugars. Extremely creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Flavour is powerful, lots of sweetness with a terrific amount of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate. Lots of viniousness, but never alcoholic. This is really a nice BW.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11232) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, licorice, coffee, malt. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, coffee, dried fruits, malt, hop. Full bodied nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and cloudy dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-sweet toffee, dark fruit, some spicy, alcohol. Taste is dark malt-sweet toffee/chocolate, some spicy, hops, alcohol. Medium/full body. Too much spice hangs too long through the aftertaste. OK carbonation.


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