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RATINGS: 1530   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).


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Cloudy, heavily-sedimented, dark iced tea colored with thin creamy head. Ugly stupid label by a dysfunctional artist. Hoppy, fairly well-balanced though not overly complex. Not much aroma for a barleywine.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2002
My first barley wine, and I was impressed. For the abv% it was well hidden, and the flavor was enjoyable. Nice sipping beer for after dinner, but I couldn’t really have more than one, a little too malty for me, but a nice brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Deep dark ruby hue. Big light tan head. Nose of freshly sliced apples. Im not terribly impressed here. Seems pretty dull, yet alcohol is hidden pretty well. Peppery, light fruit, yellow cherries, apples, lack of hops, light chocolate notes, anise. I wouldnt say this is great, but its F.D.'s best by far...

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2003
2001 vintage: Pours dark brown to almost black. Decent carbonation. Light chocolate and coffee aroma mixed with hoppiness. Slight alcohol spritz on the tongue. Bitter taste with coffee dominant. I can't taste the 10.5%. It is well hidden. Finishes dry with a sweet-sour kick. Decent beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
I knew something was going to be horribly wrong as soon as I saw this beer. Much too dark for a barleywine, almost black (although not tar-like) body... Malt seems overly heavy, finish is alcoholic/burnt. Aroma was nice but something is definitely wrong here.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Outrageously dark purple color, very smiliar to the label in fact. . . pleasant sweet raisin/alcohol aroma. The alcohol is covered well, but covered with quite a bit of malt and not quite enough hoppy bitterness. A decent glass, but a not so impressive barely wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is an alright Barley Wine, with pretty good color and head and a nice nose, but the flavor is totally lacking in any hop character, is kind of flat. Really unremarkable among BWs.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Smells like a sweet wine.when poured has little head that disappears fast.Has a spicy taste and warm going down.The finish lingers on for a while and keeps ur stomach warm

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5558) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Dark in colour, especially for a barley wine. The beer poured with a bit of head as well, which is odd for a usual still style. Very sweet smell with tons of sugar and sweet fruit (figs speak out loudly) and also some malty hints. A thick mouthful that is definately malt loaded. Some chocolate tones are picked up on the taste, which I find a bit strange for this style. The aftertaste was a bit 'ordinary' with not too much complexity. A decent beer, but not too good for the style. Worth trying, but if you havent had any of the more accessible barley wines, definately try those (anchor, sierra nevada, dogfishhead, etc).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3178) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Bottle: Good nose yeasty,toffee,light cherry. Great reddish brown color, slighty hazy, though I poued sediment into glass, No head ,no carbonation. Fig, chocolate, cherry flavors. Kinda creamy syrupy. Some warmth, not as I'd think 10.5 would be. Thinner than alot of BW. Not bad but not a winnwer either


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