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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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
islay (1244) - 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 Ive 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 didnt turn me off as much as it originally did, but it still failed to impress. 6/3/6/3/11::>2.9

   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 BWs 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 (11213) - 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!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmeup (523) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
Syrupy brown & minimal tan head. Strong malty, caramel, toffee sweet aroma with an alcohol bite. Tastes of strong sweet malt, figs, dry hops and booze. Sweet warming aftertaste. Too much noticable alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle. Mahogany color with offwhite head. Aromas of fig, roasted nuts, licorice, biscuit. Flavors of biscuit, roasted nuts, molasses, fig, cherry, plum, licorice, alcohol. Too much hot alcohols. Sightly phenolic. Oxidized, sherry character. Sweet finish. Full body with tacky mouthfeel and low, sharp carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(Brown tragedy of 2003 survivor) Alcohol dominates this beer from aroma to finish....not masked very well. Murky maroon in color, medium sized beige head. Very bready in taste, with an alcoholic fruit finish....not very pleasant going down...run of the mill bwine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
Has a smoky malt/raisen taste. Poured almost totally flat with a very small head, Taste of dried fruit is very smooth indeed. The finish is a bit watery for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VAYankee (333) - Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2004
Cloudy brown body without a head. Sweet syrupy aroma of malt and plum. Flavor is predominately dark fruit and syrupy, with a bit of licorice and alcohol bite. Overall the least appealing barleywine that Ive tried.

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