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RATINGS: 721   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
Reserve(99). One of the better barleywines i have had. Thick, cloudy body - sweet and hoppy. Very apparent alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 The aroma is outstnading in it's deep maltedness; reminiscent of a deep scottish ale malt base, but with...uhhh...91 IBUs added. Brewed 12/02/99, bottled 2001. Quite sweet followthrough, a pretty hefty alcoholic burn alllll the way down. I'm not the biggest of barleywine fans, and I have limited expereience, but I can tell this is real real good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Re-Rate 06/27/02: Vintage 2001 - Well this big bad boy has been ageing away, for over a year. Deep clear brown in color, the head is frothy, light beige, the lace sticks to the glass in sheets. Nose is big malt, caramel, baked apples, somewhat sweet and earthy. Sweet at the front, the top is full, the finish is hop laden, the aftertaste is long and alcohol bitter, the high abv sends a nice warm feeling to the tummy. One of the top 5 ’Barley Wines’ of All Time, in my book at least, but not meant for ’WEENIES’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 (2001) Meaty aroma, candy apples, caramel malt, and a sharpness that is unprecedented. Acidic twang on the palate, with assertive complex fruitiness and a peppery shade. A very different barleywine. Certainly, one of the best in the world. (1999) A full bodied barleywine with a cloudy appearance and huge hop smack!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillKrause99 (8) - Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2002 does not count
The older the barley wine the smoother it is. The end of season reserves are always best

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2002
98 bottling. Lovely hoppy aromas, beautiful brown color. Very wonderful complexity with malt and a hint of a molasses. REALLY liked this a lot. Too bad its fairly hard to come by. Have a 2001 bottle aging at least two more years and the wait is gonna be excruciating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
The quinessential American barleywine. This one has it all: deep malt flavor, lush body, powerful hop finish, and swirling complexity throughout. Let it age a year or two, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Re rate: Just sampled some of this elixer that was brewed in 1995, and it’s even better with 7 years on it! My pick for best barleywine at the Tononado Barleywine Festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2002
99 vintage. A killer barley wine. Very hoppy, not as hoppy as Hog Heaven, but more rounded and complete. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
I drank the batch brewed 6/40/97 and bottled 10/12/98. Fifteen months in the fermenter paid off. The malt flavors were full of complexity; lots of fruits on the high end and woody nutty tastes lower down. The hops were just right, balancing and smooth, not a harsh biting bitterness. I think I detected a hint of maple syrup, although I don’t know if this was a fermentation by product or an adjunct used to boost the gravity. No off flavors or problems with the beer. Bottle conditioning clouded the appearance, but no doubt helped preserver the brew. I liked this beer much better than the last barley wine I rated (old crustacean).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7211) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of alcohol and dried tropical fruits. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. Strangely light and watery for its style/size. Not much going on in the nose, but it’s inoffensive. Overall just ok.

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