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RATINGS: 1504   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 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. There’s a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. There’s a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.

   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is a good beer. It has a stout taste but goes down smooth. I like to drink 4 in a row and get a hella buzz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
an assault to the taste buds, little subtlety in the sweet roasted cherry tartness. A little smoky, but mostly a scorched candy flavor. Very sharp intial zap on the back of the tongue and then a syrupy aftertaste // too strong, too acidic, too fruity // light head effect, more to the front sinus area and ears //.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7202) - 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 (8005) - 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 (1276) - 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.

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