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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The 2010 release of Nemesis is best described by our brewing team as “a dark barley wine that pours black with a subtle mahogany hue. Brewed with 5 malts and no shortage of hops for a pleasantly bitter booming flavor. Roasty and toasty with a multitude of tastes that melts on your tongue”.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep, murky, dark black with little to no head. S- Light maltiness, toasted bread, huge citrus and hop notes. T- Light fruits, citrus up front, large wave of hops followed by a coffee like burnt malt flavor. M- Thick with low carbonation. D- This is definitely more of a big stout than a barleywine. There was a strange aftertaste that didn’t sit quite right with me. Definitely not as drinkable as it could have been.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2614) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak, and dark fruit. Vanilla, toffee flavors with raisin, oak, and toasted malt. Four year old bottle and no hint of alcohol. Impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Ridiculously deep dark brown body with a non-existent tan and oily head. Aroma of strong alcohol, nuts, earth, pit fruit, oak, vanilla and quite a bit of toffee - deep and very strong. Full-bodied; Pungent and showing a ton of alcohol and warmth with the roasted malt, chocolate, pit fruits and especially oak flavours really coming out. Aftertaste shows a nice earthiness with a super complex finish having the roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, pit fruits, oak, toffee and nuts all a part of the mix. Overall, a super pungent and complex beer with a great flavour profile and even better richness throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on the day of the closing ceremonies for the Olympics to celebrate Team USA in Sochi during the past four years. 2010 Vintage // Purchased in 2011 // Drank in 2014

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1964) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a thick blackish brown with minimal head or lacing. Aroma is big barrel aged ridiculousness. Taste follows, big and sweet, a little nuts, woah, too much for me.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hamjn01l (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2014 does not count
This is a terrific American barley wine. It is a little sweet but top notch taste, aroma, mouth feel and texture. Enjoyed from a glass at the Raye beer festival in Asheville. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 [Bottle / 3+ years old] Thanks, Jeff! Burnt mahogany body with a slight, java-cream head that forms on top & fades quickly. Aroma has big notes of toasted caramel candies, toffee, faint licorice, ripe plums, prunes, & lots of sweetness, almost in the form of residual, Candi sugar. Notes of molasses & very mild roastiness in the back. Taste includes lots of burnt brown sugar up front, molasses covered raisins, prunes, sticky toffee candy, & an undercurrent of booze that shines through & warms the throat. Kind of nutty in the finish, definitely malty sweet with some finishing notes of dates & plums. Big, sticky, coating mouth feel... Very nice beer, much better than Nemesis 2009 (at this point, at least).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours basically black with some light tan head that fades to a large bubble head on the rim of the glass. Nose is nutty, caramels, toffee, sweet malts, light chocolates. Flavor is chocolates, nutts, caramels, roasted toffee, darker cooked caramels. has quite the astringent flavor or all the sweetness in there. Pretty good but didn’t hold up anywhere close to the 2009 we just had.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2358) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow (iirc)! Pours murky dark reddish brown with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, sweet dark bread, alcohol, resinous wood, dried orange peal, biscuits, toffee, pine needles, burnt sugar and molasses. Taste is sweet, heavy bitter and malty with biscuits, roasted malts, caramel, resinous wood, sesame seed cookies, moist soil, cocoa powder, mixed dried citrus peal, moist grass, pine needles, alcohol, dark bread, moist tobacco, raisins, molasses and liquorice root. Mouthfeel is round, soft, oily bitter and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with biscuits, caramel, toffee, resinous wood, pine needles, moist soil, alcohol, toffee, tobacco, raisins and subtle hints of iron. Heavy heavy bitter but pretty close to balanced with the thick malt profile. Tasty if close to too extreme. An American barley wine indeed...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1089) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Garnet with minimal head. Fruit and candi sugar. Dark fruit, tannins and very malty at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle of the 2010 vintage. Dark ruby brown with a small pale head. Aroma is toffee, raisins, dates, molasses, caramel, candi sugar. Medium-full bodied, sweet on the palate with some balancing bitterness. Taste is burnt bread, toffee, flambé mandarin, raisin, dates.


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