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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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).


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Dark Orange pour with a slight fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, simple. Flavor is much more of this, very sweet malt candi and some toffee notes. Some light hoppiness. Booze is very present as well. Overly simple. Meh

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
This beer was ok for a barley wine which, as Iíve stated before, Iím not a fan of. The aroma is awful Sickening sweet aroma that turns my stomach. Nice dark amber color. The flavor is ok with dark fruit taste. I wouldnít drink it again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of sawdust, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Muddled and confusing mess...doesnít seem to know what it wants to excel in, and ends up just being a bunch of disjointed parts.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Very dark mohagony color with little head. the aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. the flavor is sweet, fruity and malty with a hint of hops and alcohol. heavy and sparkling on the tongue.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol". i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark brown. Beige head. Light Aroma of sweet, roasted malt & hops. Thin, syrupy feel. Very sweet flavour of caramelized sugar, caramal, & molasses, w/ earthy hops. Not particularly well-structured.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
This is more along the lines of balanced, borderline uninteresting. Thereís a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. Thereís a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
I am not a Barley Wine drinker and that may be why I am missing it here with this fine brewerís offering. Strong as heck (a little to strong for any food at the Blake Street) but I will try it alone again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Deep burgundy hue. Astonishingly alcoholic and malty nose providing a suggestion of chocolate, black licorice and pit fruit, but mainy just a huge spark of alcohol. Flavor is heavily rich, but still relatively light in body and texture. Sweet and malt accented with sugared fruit flavors and a mild chocolate hint. The unfortunate combination of low hop flavor and bitterness matching an overly sweet barley wine with poorly hidden alcohol. Iím not sure what this is trying to be.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
This barley wine has a typical cola-brown color and lack of head. Nice malty aroma with little complexity. Tastes ok: some sweet licorice elements are evident especially near the finish. Wet body with a harsh alcohol presence. All in all really not that great -- Iím just not a fan of this style despite itís "lush appeal".


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