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RATINGS: 1480   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).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
Impressive!! This is BY FAR the best beer that I have tried out of Flying Dog. Has a very sweet taste with a light amount of carbonation. Swirls of candy-like aroma fill the air as one consumes this. Great to have while one is relaxing and winding down from a hard day. This is on my next shopping list.

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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Bold, heavy, not much head yet nice and frothy, one of my barleywine favs this year

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2007
This is my wife’s favorite barley wine. There is a definite caramel malty aroma and taste. This is not a beer for those looking for a hoppy flavor. The alcohol content, although rather high is well masked behind the complex palate. This beer is on the sweeter side of the spectrum for barley wines.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Very good example of a barley wine. Did not detect the licorice suggested by the labeling, thank goodness. Nicely sweet. Last few room-termperature sips tasted like candy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
Wow. A bit darker than I’d expect from a barley wine but, when raised to the nose it is all there: sour yeasty bread, fresh grass, spicy cinamon and a bit of fruity banana carried on the warm alcohol notes. So soft and rich in the mouth, it feels far heavier than the taste and aftertaste indicate. And the hops, rather than overpower the rest of the rainbow of flavoursome notes just allow the tongue to carry them on and on. As I said at the start, wow.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (408) - SPAIN - FEB 22, 2011
Extraordinary beer. Red-copper colour, with a small head that dissipates soon, leaving just a ring. Earthy smell, with some spice that I can’t identify right now, raisins,caramel, licorice, chocolate, brandy. Heavy palate, it will dry your tongue, but leaving a sweet taste of caramel, marzipan, licorice, spices, dark fruits, brandy... Impressive great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pras (464) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Vertical sampling with 2012 and 2008. This beer ages very well. 2012 was a little bit sharp around the edges. 2008 was a totally different beer. Very smooth and nuanced. Flavors were more mellow. Alcohol was in balance with the sweet character. Tasted with dried cherries. Pairs very well!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2004
The paleolithic pooch who takes montstrous strides on the label, courtesy of gonzo cartoonist Ralph Steadman, gives a clue to the potential damage wrought by this gargantuan brew! Color is a deep, dark burgundy, with no head to speak of, though one appears as I pour, it doesn’t last for a second. Aroma is exactly what I look for in a barleywine, and then some! Profoundly heady and powerful, full of grape/wine associations, as well as plums, raisins, licorice, cognac, and port. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and intensely warm and rewarding. Sweet and spicy hoppiness abounds on the palate, along with a full dimension of maltiness. Wonderful chew in the texture, and hugely alcoholic! Drinkability? One a day, and slowly, savoringly, so I pull back a bit on points. Towards the end, it gets a bit syrupy, tasting almost like cough medicine. Is this Jagermeister in my mug, I wonder? Among the top 5 American barleywines, but, frankly, we’re a bit spoiled, they are so many top-notch versions. And the best acheivement from this brewery, so far!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Very dark brown, thin tan head, nice lace. Aromas of smoky malt, raisins, alcohol, molasses, chocolate, licorice and espresso. Huge malt, not overly sweet, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, peat and smoke, well-balanced by a good measure of citrusy hop bitterness. Nice chewy mouthfeel.


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