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RATINGS: 1508   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 2002 vintage bottle, tasted 11/16/03. Poured nice layer of pinprick bubbles, like a nitro pull, that dissolved into a thin layer of bubbles posing as a head. Dark reddish-brown body. Big smell of coffee malts, raisin and plum flavors, very chewy, with a subtle hop balance. Still, none of these makes for a great barleywine compared to the others, but then it's a style in which there's a lot of competition to go "bigger," innit?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (855) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Cloudy mahogany brown color. Rich, sweet toasted malt aroma hints at black cherries and alcohol. More sweet toasted malt flavor with complex dried fruit and boozy notes. Slightly cloying with a sweet sherry like character and a touch of honey. Warming alcohol presence with every sip. Cloyingly sweet malt finish with some spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iskier (3) - Bieruń, POLAND - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
Piwo przeterminowane dwa miesi?ce. Piana drobna, szybko znika, pozostaje obr?czka. W aromacie suszone owoce. W smaku karmelek. Piwo dobre warte sprobowania.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (516) - - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from abbeydale beer stop. Dark amber with a bit of haze. Aroma is rich malt, caramel and cereal. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Lovely oily medium body and nice subtle carbonation. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (872) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber, copper. Aroma is boozy malt. The taste adds toast, dark fruit, toffee, sweet sugar, and bitterness. Rich feel with a warm, sweet finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4785) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Lots of citrus and concentrated malt aroma. A little booze an big fermented caramel. Sweet finish with light sourness. Reddish brown pour. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (211) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Pours a dark ruby with little to no head. Aroma of sweet malt and stewed prunes. A very sweet, malt taste with a licorice middle and alcholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stekel (6) - - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
A little sweet , red fruit tones and caramel , nice colour and scent , nice and little sweet barley wine ! I like it !!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
procraste (69) - FRANCE - JAN 6, 2015
Bière épaisse au goût complexe ( Cerise confite caramélisée au beurre salée ... ?? ) Pas mal, mais en même temps, cela reste beaucoup trop sucré ! A revoir/reboir

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (658) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2015
Dark brown reddish with small head. Not too overly sweet like a barley wine can be. Candy sugar and caramel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
Nothing beats a good barley wine to close the weekend on a winter night. This one I taste as a vintage beer (best before date has expired by a year) but it being a barley wine, I am completely confident it has aged well. It has a creamy, moussy, densely packed, nicely lacing, yellowish white head and a clear (though misty with deposit), beautiful dark coppery bronze colour with strong fizz. Very powerful, perfumed and absolutely divine aroma, complex, a bit oxidized (which in this style only adds complexity, at least to my personal taste) and shouting "barley wine" all the way through: chocolate liqueur, candied cherries, port wine, gingerbread, fine champagne cognac, apricot jam, vanilla, cocoa powder, banana liqueur, candied orange, roasted chestnuts, caramel candy, cinnamon, honey. Another one I can keep sniffing for hours on end. Taste begins with rounded, candied fruits, sugary but in a noble, refined way, raisins and dates, very slight citrusy acidity just to give a touch of freshness and achieving this very well; full, smooth and vinous mouthfeel, somewhat oily, very rich, deep malt sweetness, caramel, nuts, biscuit and a hint of chocolate, carbonation tingling on the tongue (perhaps more so than usual in the style - the fizz was already an indication). In the finish, a long and drying, citrusy and peppery hop bitterishness comes forward but does not overpower the deliciously rich maltiness or the sugary fruitiness and gets accompanied by warming, bourbon- and brandy-like alcohol which remains, in all, relatively calm and gentle. Delicious sipper, with a lovely, enticing aroma; surely this was hoppier when fresh, but in this aged condition, it bears all the characteristics I expect from a big, mature barley wine. Flying Dog has not disappointed me so far.

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