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RATINGS: 1458   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).


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
Drank it a couple of days ago (bought a four pack - not sure if that was a good idea right off the bat) so I’m trying to remember much about it. It poured pitch black, ZERO head, and being my first Barley Wine, I’m not sure how to describe it further.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carboloader (660) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Pours ruby brown, medium sized tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of floaters. Smells deliciously sweet and big. Eek. Flavor is too syrupy for me. Molasses, caramel, too sweet for my taste. Hops seem lost in the sweet malt finish. Call me stupid, but I prefer a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot to this.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. No head but some carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is candied raisins and sugar with a big dose of alcohol. The taste is very bold and upfront with sweetness and a nasty out of balance hops and alcohol lashing at the end. I love big beers but this ones flavor profile seems totally out of whack. I probably should have let it age for awhile. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Nice and smooth and creamy with a great coating effect. Not a barley wine I will buy again.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (1762) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle (7 oz./207ml). Vintage 2008. From a discounted 8-pack of four Flying Dog high-gravity beers. Mild sweet aromas, alcohol fumes. Cloudy copper color with no head. Sweet & sour initial, honeyish mid palate, and a sweet final that fades very quickly. Medium body. An unimpressive barleywine, Has not aged well (and four years should not be too long).

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
From Beerlicious iphone app: roasty licorice aroma red and hazy with a frothy head medium sourness that sits long on the palate Oily thick lively ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
[Bottle / 2008 / 4 years old] Deep, dark brown & quite opaque. The light-tan colored head is gone within seconds with no retention. Big nose of grapes, figs, booze, licorice, & a sticky caramel backbone. Taste is similar; lots of alcohol warmth with tons of raisins, figs, anise, licorice, plums, toffee... Lots going on, but not very well put together. A little too sweet & a little too hot all at once with no balance happening. It’s not bad, but it’ll take you a while to finish the 7 oz bottle.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Quite bitter. Not as thick and barleywineish as I’d expected. Smoky and earthy, as well.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
Hops, malt aroma, dark brown, with a small tan head. Treacle flavour, fairly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is obvious, average.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Deep brown. Close to no head. Aroma of wood, almonds, and bad soy sauce. Tastes just as bad. Initially harsh and full of alcohol, it then mellows out, with a texture and taste of overripe dark fruit. Not enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Poured dark brown with medium off-white head. Pretty decent lacing. Caramel and some spiciness. Taste is very sweet! Does this have any hops? Some minimum bitterness on the swallow. Not a great representation of this style.


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