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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Vintage 2008 consumed on 4/27/09: Pours a deep ruby tinted amber with a great frothy white head on top. Retention is fairly good, and lots of spotty lacing all over the glass. Very pretty. Smells of red licorice, strawberries, bananas, and a touch of floral hoppiness. Very sweet smelling. Mouthfeel is nice and firm. Very easy to drink. Flavor is right off the bat full of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit all the way. As it warms this turns to sweet molasses flavor and toasted caramel. Wow. I was impressed with this beer. I got the 2007 as well, and I look forward to seeing how it compares. Recommend. [EDIT] Vintage 2007 consumed on 2/26/10: This bottle was also received from breity in a trade over a year ago. Thanks, Andrew! Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a very cloudy dark ruby/amber. Great frothy tan head on top. Retention was firm, and it left a good bit of sticky lace on the glass. Scents of molasses, soy, urine(?), and toffee. Different. Not as sweet as I expected. Great full-body on this one still. Carbonation level is spot-on. The flavors turned a bit harsh with this one. I thought this would be mellower, but itís a little grating. Moderate-to-high bitterness. The sweetness is absent in the flavor as well. Expected more a toffee flavor, but instead I get some mild citrus, leather, and that bitter back end. Not too bad, but I enjoyed this more with just 1-year on it, instead of 3. Ah well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Borwn amber with light bubbly head that disappeared quite eagerly, and left spotty lacing. A little stir of the glass re-ignites the head. Smells like dark roast malt, and a hint of red berried fruit. Taste is quite alcoholic, but a nice malty backbone that soon comes over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle to brandy snifter: Pours a hazy apricot with a dissipating cap of tannish head and striking lacing. The aroma is much more malt-centric than I would expect. I was anticipating a very west coast, American barleywine but this features mainly dark, sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, reminiscent of an Old Ale. Nevertheless, itís nice. The taste paints a different picture. The hops are on the front lines, supported by malt bits similar to those found in the nose. This one drinks pretty easy for the style. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syzzer (616) - Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2012
The body is slight syrupy with prevalent alcohol. There are some nice malts but with bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle from 2008 pours a brown with a bit of red white cream foam head. Smell and taste caramel, citrus, spruce, alcohol, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, not bad for the age still has a hop finish smoothed out bit off flavor might be too far past prime but still not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Runner up in a four way blind barley wine taste. Pours a light tan. Smell is a bit mild, more malty and a bit of fruit. Not very carbonated. Spicy character. Mellow and almost sour hoppy. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. 2011 version. Oxidized, poor flavor & aroma. High carbonation. Probably bad bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gription79 (2616) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2012
22 ounce bottle from 2005. A malt bomb. The hops and age give this beer a fruity character. The carbonation gave an acidic tinge on my tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
broowater (10) - Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
2011 bottle on 01/27/2012. Biscuity, malty, caramel, dough, butterscotch, golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly sour, thin feel, light body, long finish, simply AWESOME, canít taste the alcohol, very well balanced with the hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2012
This is the 2011 and probably would taste a lot different if aged. When tasting it the strong hop smell and flavor made me think it was an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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