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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Bold orange color with a nice contrasting bright white head. The aroma was sweet for sure...big maltiness, apricot or peach tones, hops bitterness...some grapefruit, pine trees. The flavor was superb...big malty character...toffee/caramel, peach, maple syrup, hops bitterness...grapefruit. The feel was super thick (for a barley wine), syrupy, very sticky (my lips were sticky afterwards.) Very wet, sticky finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Well balanced barleywine. Pours up very reddish color, off white head that diminishes quickly. Nice aroma with noticable alcohol. Significantly sweet on the front end. Finishes with a small dose of hops, but the experience is mostly malty sweetness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2003
This barleywine pours a deep, reddish amber color with a small, diminishing white head. It has a strong aroma of malts, fruits, and alcohol with a touch hops. Full body with low carboantion, the flavor is malty and fruity up front with hints of plums and raisons. The finish is fruity and malty at first and then a very mild hoppiness kicks in. This one is very smooth and wonderfully balanced. The ABV is well hidden in the flavor. An excellent barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
a great barleywine, not the best though, good flavor, complex, spicy, sweet, wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours a deep ruby with almost no head. Essence of raisins and other dried fruits, too many to count. Wonderful mouthfeel with a very quenching palate. Extremely well balnced. Only downfall is that as it warms the sweetness becomes cloying. I thing more hops would remedy that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
(2001) Chestnut; brown-yellow head, not very ample. Nose gives preserved fruit (confits), ginger, "Grand Marnier". Some hops seem to struggle to come trough. Taste: sweet-sourish-bitter. WOW! Some balance, some impression. A bit harsh, resiny finish, though. very chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol impression, very masked. In the aftertaste, the taste of confited orange or Gr. Marnier (much less sweet) reappears, to stay long. A better-than-average, very American Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
I like the name, boardhead. Poured a pale earthy red tone, rusty, big head though not in the mountainous fashion. Full flavor, slightly tart, red licorice is definetely present, and it has a big ass finish with a lingering slightly smokey thing going on. A sour, spicey aroma, with a hint of twizzler. A true treasure is this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23426) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
2001 version, bottled (at the Rate Beer gathering at Flying Saucer, Addison). Amber couloured. Cork and flower aroma. Very thick with chewy maltiness. This is hop syrup so thick it doesn't make your mouth wet. Flavourful, and rather complex, yet not extremely bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Bottle, Reserve 01. Pretty smelling. Very nice barleywine, bright, syrupy, balanced, with a spicy end. "Big" is the right word for it, and for once I am really enthusiastic about a big beer. // Re-rate: I had this again, this time on tap with a '01 vintage, at the Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland, and I wouldn't change my rating much if at all. Lovely, sippable barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Bottle, 2001. Pinkish-amber. Pretty smelling, floral. Quite strong, grapefruit and Chinook hops make their presence known. Agressive as hell, wonderfully challenging but a complete palate wrecker. I can't believe we're drinking this second in a tasting of 15 beers!

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