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RATINGS: 1519   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).


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1020) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DragonStout (1408) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5122) - 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).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2935) - 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

3.1
   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.

3.1
   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 I’ll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine.

3.1
   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.

3.1
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4315) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6024) - 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. I’m no barleywine fan, so maybe I’m jaded, but you gotta be in the mood for this potion.


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