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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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
22 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Murky copper, luscious frothy white head retains a relatively large ring and leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma has apple cider all over it, and raisin and caramel. Flavor is the same; not much going on here with hops; a fair amount of wild sourness. Possibly overly sweet to get through this whole bottle in one sitting. A rare example of an unbalanced craft beer with too -little- hops. Overall, bland and lacking character, and I can’t see how this one is rated so highly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4490) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage 2012. Pours slightly hazy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of raisins and booze. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Average barley wine. Brown sugar, toffee, raisins, big hop wallop in finish. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"piney, good balance of malt and hops, and smooth and drinkable even though it has a kick. good, but not one of the best. I’ll usually pick up a bottle any time I find one. 2/10-have had a couple pedestrian bottles. the 07 version not aging well. docked a couple tenths."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample from 2007 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Dark amber color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and resiny hops. The finish is sweet with a charred malt and caramel aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (931) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Damn this beer was nice. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a frothy khaki head. Smells of toffee, caramel and just a hint of booze. Full bodied. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, nuts and some alcohol. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, from 09 poured in 2014, dark brownish red pour with lacing tan head, aroma brought notes of big sherry, cherry, dark raisin, toffee, caramel, nice yeasty notes, very nice. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, raisin, fig, dark cherry, some prune, hints of caramel, toffee, hints of nice sherry notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (408) - Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2011 bottle poured into a snifter amber with a thin whitish head. Aroma is sweet brown sugar slightly burnt. Flavor says barleywine yet the hops here says its more. Slight bitter finish. Balance is evenly sweet even aged almost 3 years. More than just good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3250) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2014
From a bomber. Pours cloudy murky copper brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like sweet caramel, light raisin, lots of malt. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, malt, and nutty toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2012 Bomber. Clear red-amber, with modest, creamy, off-white head, light, fine lacing / Mild nose of caramel and cooked fruit / Medium body, syrupy with strong candied sweetness, but still nice balance, fruit with some bitterness on the finish / Flavors of candied grape & orange peel, spun sugar, caramel, pine / Very enjoyable, in this sweet & syrupy style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klaing (115) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Hazy amber pour with no head. Hops really evident in the aroma. Tastes very much like toffee and the hops come through and prolong the toffee nicely. Quite different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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