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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
2002 batch: Great balance of sweet malty flavor and brisk hoppiness. Orange tangy finish. Light in color and head. All around another great Full Sail brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Whoa, kicked my ass! 2002 batch. Great sweet taste with a hoppy finish at the end. Drank the bottle and was light headed, found that drinking the bottle in less than 30 minutes will get you that way. Thanks to ervich for the trade to allow me to try this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Vintage 1999 on tap at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Light orange colr with beige lace ring around the glass. Lots of caramel sweetness in the nose but with a surprising balance of hop. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and lots of buttery caramel flavors. Well balance and a damn good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
A nice medium bodied brew. Floral and citrus notes from the hopsand a maltiness to balance the 90 IBU bitterness level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 I just drank a bottle of the 2002 batch, and compared with the following rating of the '00, I was (surprisingly) a bit more impressed with the young bottle - less astringent, and a more overt maltiness covered up the alchohol a little better: much more flowery, and a whole load of flavors came through in the malt I didn't find before. 2000 (3.6) - I was a bit disappointed really. VERY modest barley wine: mildy sweet vanilla/chocolatey malt, slightly bitter, with a ton of astringent flavor. The astringent alchohol kind of turned my nose a bit, although I do think it was insationally smooth towards the end of the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 99 Edition: Cloudy yellowish orange in color. Very fruity flavor, sort of reminds me of orange juice and plums? Its a wonderful blend what ever it is. It is sticky sweet. By a fire, after a great day of skiing this would be an excellent choice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Reserve 99, Brewed 11/10/1998. Beutiful opaque orange color, litle white head wuth pebbly clinging lace. Big, wonderfull hop aroma. Taste is smokey, malty and apricot. finish is slighly bitter but still clean. A abosolut topp notch Barely Wine 2nd only to Victory Old Horizontal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
1999 sampled end of 2002. Bright red; richly malty, syrupy aroma...peach, toffee. Still a very syrupy body, with warming malt, peach, pear...alcohol underneath it all. It’s not that I don’t like my barley wines malty (Old Woolly!) but this is a bit much, especially for its age. It should have developed some style by now - it takes more than big flavours to get over with me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Another beautiful barleywine with clear golden red color and head! A grapefruity/cookie dough aroma with notes of resin, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and bubblegum. Crisp clean bitter finish with a sweet start. Damn nice stuff. Very drinkable for a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1389) - Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Very sweet start with the malt, but very nice finish. Had this for many years, and its still a good barleywine.

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