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RATINGS: 1491   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).

   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 brewer’s offering. Strong as heck (a little to strong for any food at the Blake Street) but I will try it alone again.

   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. I’m not sure what this is trying to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle, Vintage 2005B. Poured a fiery reddish-orange with a short cap of beige head... quite a bit of sediment suspended in there. Nose contained a whole bunch of alcohol, only partially held in check by a bevy of dark malts (dark fruit, rum-soaked cherries, chocolate, and caramel representin’). Flavor was mighty similar... alcohol-fueled dark malts that did not play so well together. Medium-bodied. Flaked oat smoothness across the middle with ever-present alcohol... finish was tacky. Really didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 First rating
Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi.
Red-brown color, tan head. Lots of alcohol in the scent. Malty and sweet, spicy. Taste is fresh spicy and a bit fruity, with "classic Barley Wine" taste as well. Big mouthfeel. Feeling of warming alcohol.

Bottle at the BW tasting, but not sure who brought the bottle?
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Cloudy brown color, yellow head. Acidic, grainy scent. Sweet taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
islay (1172) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Original rating, Nov. 5, 2006: Bottle. The aroma is very malty and alcohol-heavy. The beer has an unusual appearance: It is cloudy with a deep, almost purple, brown color. It is far sweeter than I expected or would like. The hops are almost unnoticeable. This reminds me in aroma and flavor of a fortified wine or a bourbon, but a bad one. If I were in the mood for something along these lines, I would rather drink any port I’ve ever tasted. The texture is syrupy. Not my cup of tea. 4/4/3/2/6::>1.9 <P>Second rating, May 10, 2009: 12 oz. bottle, 2006 vintage. Not particularly strong aroma is dusty, creamy, and slightly yeasty. Apple, plum, fig, and merlot scents. Pours a brown to dark amber color with a small amount of dark beige to light tan head. Suspended particulate in the liquid. Not particularly complex taste. Sweet flavor features chocolate, plum, and apple. Biting, dry aftertaste that I like. Otherwise forgettable palate: Medium body, slightly oily texture. This didn’t turn me off as much as it originally did, but it still failed to impress. 6/3/6/3/11::>2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is slightly tart and yeasty with a bit of vinegar and alcohol. Initial flavor is is mainly of prunes and figs with a bit of a roasty character. Finish is a bit too dry and bitter for my taste. Leaves my mouth feeling dry and a little numb. Maybe it will finish smoother if aged.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
pours a deep brown/amber hue with a halo of a wihte head. Aromas of malt, oatmeal, roasted nuts and a hint f red wine. Flavors are sweet with notes of grapes and oats. Another dissapointing brew from this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Licorice taste. No hop flavor at all. I guess I like hoppy BW’s because I had this after a Hog Heaven from Avery and BIgfoot is my favorite. This one just didnt do it for me. Real malty and dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and cloudy dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-sweet toffee, dark fruit, some spicy, alcohol. Taste is dark malt-sweet toffee/chocolate, some spicy, hops, alcohol. Medium/full body. Too much spice hangs too long through the aftertaste. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
correspondent (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2007 does not count
Dark & cloudy (lots o’ chud in this one), slight aroma, big, malty, nice mouthfeel, good buzz of alcohol on the lips and tongue... but nothing special about the flavor (other than the warmth). Plus two points for the label!!

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