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RATINGS: 1496   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).


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2008
This was a good beer, but a little bit too much licorice taste for me. Flying do makes another mediocre beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kpresley77 (146) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle pours dark copper with little to no head. Aroma is very mild with hints of raisin and alcohol. First taste is sweet fruit then alcohol and hops take over. Finish is dry with some hops burn but alcohol is definately present. Just not my style.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
specksnreds (55) - USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pretty good. Lacks the balance of some other BW’s, but good none the less. A little too bitter and flat in the palate. Great aroma and appearance. Nice mouth feel.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle at my new home in London:) Aroma is big rich sweet malt, mollasses character and some berry character. Taste is similar, big and super malty, like still alright an does the job, but a bit too rich and malty to be great.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Kind of a let down here. Maybe a good intro Barleywine, but everything is just too muted. I just like big beers, and this isn’t one. Everything you love ina barleywine, but toned way down. Malt backbone, hop profile. Very smooth and drinkable, just not what I want in a BW.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
matt7215 (2231) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2008
355 ml bottle from premier gourmet. fall 2007 bottling. brown/amber pour with a small tan head that is gone quickly. nice big malty nose but alcohol and sweetness ruin it. the flavour is overly sweet and filled with butterscotch aka diacetyl. mmmmm. rich full mouth of diacetyl goodness. way down hill after the aroma. im not likely to buy this one again.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Pours brown with a thin off white head. Smells of sweet malt, some citrus, tea. Tastes very tea like with some dark fruity hints.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. color is tawny brown. intensely sweet nose of brown sugar and caramel with a hint of apricot. very thick mouth is quite sweet. notes of raisins and fruitcake and some spice. a hint of clove helps bring the back end to a lighly hopped finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2009
Dark brown wilth a small baige bubbling head. Strong aroma of bread, grain caramel and alchohol. Medium bitter hop flavor with strong sweet malty notes and a heavy alchohol burn.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Brown pour with a decent head. kind of a medicinal aroma with a touch of malt. The flavor is licorice and malt in the front then finishes with a slight vanilla, coconut and licorice again. Not bad the alcohol comes out a touch and it slightly bitter. not bad.


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