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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The huge amounts of both hops and malt that go into this beer necessitate a long conditioning period to mellow its intense flavors. The Old Backus contains just over 2,000 lbs of malt and 55 lbs of hops. the Original gravity is 25.6 °P/1092 which contributes to an alcohol content of 8.4% by wt. and 10.5% by vol. The bitterness level is 150 ibu. This is a tremendously complex beer that should be savoured slowly and in moderation. It will continue to change with age as it is served unfiltered and is continuing to mature.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2005 vintage on draft @ the brewery. Roughly 6 oz. served in snifter. Dark murky brown with a soft 1/2 inch foamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, malted milk balls. Flavors of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, butter cookie, raisin, sweet gingerbread. Light carbonation on the palate. Quite rich, sweet, and highly malt driven. Any hops that may have been detectable when fresh have mellowed out to be almost non existent. Throughly enjoyed four servings and had to grab a growler on the way out. Very nice!


3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toyota22r (2) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
Fresh serving from grand opening of Old Chicago in Garden City, KS: super rich malting as fades into raisin. Hops bitterness present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable barley wine at such a young age.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (706) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color, minimal head. Mild hope aroma up front, floral and fruity, citrus like with some faint caramel malt notes. Hoppy, citrus, fruity floral flavor. Decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Hops are fairly dominant throughout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (1601) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Growler thanks to RobertDale. Minimal head and a slightly hazy reddish brown color. Nose of candy, honey, toffee. Some biscuit and bread notes. Taste is initially sweet with a moderate hop bitterness. A slightly tannin like harshness. Moderate body with minimal carbonation. A semi sweet finish with some notes of alcohol warning. Would drink again

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
32 oz growler. Clear dark brown pour, light ring fo lacing and an aroma of bitter caramel and nuts. Flavor is peppery caramel, heavy malt and very warm and herbal on the finish. Really liked this and would love to try on tap.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Howler from RobertDale, thanks Bob!! Aroma has fantastic notes of caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes, vanilla, Porto and faded floral and citrus hops. Very nice! Keeps getting better as it warms. Murky medium/dark rusty amber with a small fully diminishing off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily with soft carbonation and a nice long finish. Overall a fantastic Barley Wine. Very complex nose and velvety palate with everything coming together and being well balanced. Bravo Free State!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (2952) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Howler. Bob, you rock for this! Pours cloudy chestnut, medium fizzy tan head, dissipates quickly, residual laces well. Aroma is malty, lots of dried fruits, toffee, burned sugars, oak, vanilla. Flavor is the same, sweet and complex with light bitterness, some zest, pine resin on the finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice effort. Edit, the more i drink, the better or gets. Nearly perfect for the style

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Massive thanks to Bob for hooking me up with a howler. Very much an english style barleywine. Carmel apple, brown sugar, reminds me of an imperial ESB a little bit, very thick, completly transparent. One of the better non ba barleywines ive had. Very good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
This is a decent barleywine. But was Somewhat alcoholic. Good caramel flavor. Had in their tap room.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (4872) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Deep copper pour with watery head. Nice dried fruit, a bito abv. Sweet malt start, dried fruit and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Huge thanks to peteinSD for the handbottle - traditional british barleywine with a slight american twist - nose of treacle, fig, raisin, whiskey, prune, licorice - smells pretty awesome, actually - mouthfeel is slick, but the body just a touch thin for the abv - flavor is not quite as complex as the aroma - it still has a lot of raisin, treacle, fig - light oxidation and a sherry-like quality - finish has a fair amount of hop bitterness (the american twist), despite the fact that this seems to have some age on it, so I can only imagine how bitter it is when fresh - I probably wouldn’t like it as much - this, however, is quite nice.


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