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RATINGS: 717   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4247) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle - 2006 vintage. Pours hazy amber with thick, creamy off-white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and bread malts, figs, cherries, floral hops, and oak. Flavor is balanced sweet malt, dark fruit esters, and grassy and floral hops; dry finish. Full body and low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (146) - Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2012
This is a review of 08 vintage Pours a murky, dark caramel color. Head is 1/5 of an inch and tan. Head retention is good and lacing is fantastic. Smell is of freshly melted caramel, smoked burnt malts, and whisky sauce. Even after 4 years, some hop aroma remains, mostly herbaceous with pine and floral hints. Alcohol slightly clears the sinuses. Taste is big on dried fruit like prune and apricot but its rounded out by a pine and grapefruit bitterness. Judging by smell, I thought this beer would have been sweeter or richer but it was more hop forward. For 9% and 4 years aged, the alcohol was more present than expected. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly on the thinner side for a barleywine, head doesnt add much in the way of texture. Overall this beer has me stumped. In 09 I tried this vintage and enjoyed it much more. Flavors of alcohol and hops seem to have increased over the years which almost seems impossible. This is still a solid barleywine, especially its price. Just wish I would have consumed it sooner and hopefully I can get some more to maybe age for an even longer amount of time just to see what happens.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1384) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Grainy liqueur aroma. Sweet, sugary Bourbon. Pungent malts. Hop is flowery. The appearance is cludy, dark red orange. Head disappears fast. Looks gorgeous. Sweet flavor like a cherry liqueur. Grains are subdued. Pleasant woody hop for balance.. Astringent aftertaste balances the rest. The palate is slick and oily. Medium-bodied. Not too chunky. A very solid barleywine. Balanced with a very good hop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a very thin head. Little bit of hops to the nose of this, which is interesting. Taste is a little dry, but decent. Not too harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
50belair (2955) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Murky copper pour with an off white head. Caramel malt aromas. A little on the watery side with some bitterness. Strange, after 2 years I would have thought the hops would have dissipated. A little bland, a little hoppy, and in general just not my idea of a great barley wine..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5291) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2011. Smells hoppy, malty and boozy. Pours reddish orange with decent creamy head and some decent lacing. Strong barley bitterness and roast malt. This is a bit of a booze bomb - especially at first. It winds down and evens out as it warms up though. Alright. Very well priced at $4.50 a bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (539) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bomber shared with Steve, Austin and Jasen. Pours dark orange with a small head. Smells like malt, hops, vanilla. Taste is sweet, malty with hops and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2011 vintage. Pours a really cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind. Slight leathery malt aroma with subtle earthy hops caramel malt and dark fruit. Somewhat floral with a faint grassy pine character followed by caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and sweet booze. Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very dry and bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a boozy finish. Lots of sticky hops up front that are somewhat stale at this stage followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A decent amount of sweet boozy flavor in the finish but the high ABV is actually pretty well masked. Overall, this beer is easy to drink but it’s kind of bland and not very memorable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
65 cl bottle reserve 2011 @ vPBF, no BBE info
Aroma is a bit weird and stale with some vanilla and berries. Flavour is rather harsh with nettles, some gooseberry bush and hints of fruits. Very thin for this ABV. It seems that the hops here have gone not‐so‐fresh and nothing nice has been gained in return.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (7528) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
65 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours hazy amber color with minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, mild caramel, toffee and nettle. Flavor of caramel, ripe fruits, mild alcohol notes, a bit juicy and bland.
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