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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
11/1/03: bottle.
large barley wine nose of sweet malt and alcohol. deep opaque brown body with no head or lacing. lots of alcohol to taste with other flavors of malt, some smoke and a little bit of hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Dark brown with a marginal head when poured. Aroma is strong, with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and some toasted malts. Sweet taste with more of the chocolate and raisin/plum along with a noticeable alcohol kick towards the end which lingers into the finish. I got a 4 pack of thse and I think Iíll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Pour is dark amber/light brown with a fading head. Aroma is pure sweet caramel malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet with touches of caramel, honey and a hint of chocoate malt. Not enough hops in this barleywine for my liking.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Very good representative of the style. Nice caramel and coffee aroma. Dark reddish brown color and some yeast particulate. Low carbonation and very small head. Taste is sweet with some coffee, fruit, and spice. Hops are strong and bitter. Nice and thick on the palate and the aftertaste is sweet and malty. Good, but I feel that the alcohol taste is a little too high for my complete enjoyment, however it would not be a barley wine without it.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6016) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Dark brown with a red tinge and thin tan head. Stark alcohol sugar aroma. Syrupy burnt brown sugar essence with a strong tart grape overbite. Iím no barleywine fan, so maybe Iím jaded, but you gotta be in the mood for this potion.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 29, 2005
A caramel and herbal aroma to the beer. Pours a nice golden color with an off white head. Strong alchohol taste with hops heavily present. Has a medium body and a nice finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
pours a dark brown color w/ hints of red and a whispy brown head. Genericly sweet smell toffee and carmel smells a bit off. Good palate well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is hot in the swallow (alchol) has teh same generic sweetness, overly sweet almsot toffee and hints of carmel. A pretty shitty BW.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Draft - big malty nose. Deep amber bodied. Cloudy and dark. Very sweet and fruity. Big full body. Decent, but too sweet for my barleywine palate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is overwhelmingly of alcohol---I like barley wines to have a whiff of alcohol, but this smells remarkably like flavored vodka. If you get past that, there are also dark fruits, quite sweet malt, and a bit of vinious character (almost no hops). Flavor is the same in basically all respects. Quite harsh and alcohol-drenched, despite having a pretty normal ABV for a barley wine. I actually enjoyed it moderately, but I wouldnít say itís a particularly good example.


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