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RATINGS: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12400) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12259) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Muddy amber colour. Powerfull moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Dark fruits raisin present. Light sweet and moderate bitter flavor. Nutty and woody notes. Moderate bitter vinius finish. Creamy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12189) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12181) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2008
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)
Very dark red, almost no head. Very pleasant sweet aroma - fruity: figs, plum and raisin. Big thick and sticky presence on the tongue, some bitter tangs of alcohol immediately noticeable, but not offensive. Very full-bodied taste - plenty of grains and husks, and sweet heady alcohol wafting up the nose. Sticky tar. Slightly fizzy on the tongue, and made me burp my previous lambic! Some piney hops too. Solid, but a little too harsh to really excel. Should buy a bottle and cellar for 2 years for a rerate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12136) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle poured a clear mahogany wiyh a small, but lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit [plums, raisins], toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of cocoa with a smooth lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours dark brown, almost amber with white head. Nose is molasses and brown sugar. Taste is molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and Christmas spices.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (11825) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Old rating, I believe from 2009 or 2010. Didn’t take much notes, but judging the scores I gave I know I liked the color. Only thing my notes say is: ’not the best, but given the benefit of the doubt’.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle, at proppen, birkerød. pours brown red, small white head. aroma of hops, wheat, sawdust, and dark fruits. flavor dark fruits, strog hops, alc. alc. is noticable but blends in well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11728) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, 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.


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