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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. Makes a great cellar beer. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught year round. ABV 9% IBU 91


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (1958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2012 vintage in 22 oz. bottle Darker amber with thin beige head. Wine like malty aroma with alcohol very much in the forefront. Some oak barrel, peat and caramel. Taste (once past the alcohol heat) is malt, caramel and some spiciness. Excellent winter quaff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papercartel (14) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Very nice beer. This was the 2011 version. Orange/red color. Slight honey taste. Not as sweet as most barley wine’s which is a good thing. Somewhat dry aftertaste. Not head. Smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (454) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Amber coloring with off-white head. Nice aroma of malty caramel and honey. Fruity fig-like scent. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter compared to the sweetness provided by the large malt bill. Overall, a very nice barleywine...especially for a more average "shelf beer".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle. This is a formidable barley wine with lots of hopping and sweet malt backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy dark burnt orange color with a foamy off white head. Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose, fairly warm and boozy smelling, piney hops, dark fruits, and maybe a touch of molasses. Nice citrusy hops up front on the taste, caramel, dark fruit, slightly earthy, touch of smokiness, and a delicious sweet malt character. Pretty well balanced, and a great value.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a cloudy, dull golden color with not much of a light tan head head. Fruity caramel and dish liquid on the nose. A rather thin mouthfeel given the style. Oat and full grain cereal, cardboard, and ripe cherry flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1706) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle from ’05 (year I graduated high school). Nice barley wine actually, has held up well. Good caramel, dark fruits and some hoppiness. Very solid, would like to try fresh.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
S_Side_Smitty (424) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2013
Pours cloudy brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is raisin, molasses, sweet malts, light chocolate, and a little age (2012) - something very rustic about the aroma. Taste is off the charts good - heavy sweet malts, molasses, and carob up front. Then it slowly tranforms into a mellow earthy bitterness. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. My idea of a barley wine!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1015) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bomber pour. Malty richness that really warms well. You can actually detect the hops!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 reserve. Pours an opaque mahogany with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with dark cherry, bread, and a little tobacco. Hops definitely come through in the taste, but it is still pretty balanced. I have nothing bad to say about this ABW.


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