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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18103) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014
2014-01-06, bottle from QFC - Seattle (Ballard), vintage 2011, 2 years old, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Cloudy amber color with small head. The aroma is a bit nutty, and there is some fudge. Full bodied, round, sweet without excess; the malt has a nutty accent; correct bitterness. A bit British, but also somehow shallow for a Barley Wine.

2011-07-08, bottle from Magnum Cigar, Phoenix; vintage 2008, 3 years old, 7-4-7-2-13=33
Beautiful red-amber color; medium sized creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel, nuts, light malt. The body is medium structured, less than expected for a Barley Wine; there is a strong nutty caramel flavor, not much malt, not much sweetness; strong bitterness, even a bit too much in the end.
Unbalanced and off target.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15634) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottled 660ml (vPBF, vintage 2011)
Deep amber color, small white head. Madeira wine, barley in the nose. Medium-bodied. Some caramel, very harsh, aggressive hoppyness, some alcohol, short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14963) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at Ølbaren - Thanks ???Cloudy amber/red - offwhite head. Sweetness, soapy, caramel, fruity, coconut notes, raisins, candy, bitterness, sharpness, barley, citric. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14844) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13621) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 2nd rating on 08 bomber. 01/22/2014. Pours very hazy orange/amber with a beige smear. Aroma of light stone fruits - but a mix of over and under ripe. Nice, but strange. Med body. Flavor is malty, but the hop seems fairly oxidized. Fruity, but strange. I’d say this shouldn’t age more than 3 or 4 years - unless you like oxidation. It probably is really oxidation, but seems like it, and I don’t know what else to call it. 06 bomber. Warm aroma of ripe fruits. Translucent ruby amber color with a persistent beige head. Starts with fruit and hop. There is some sweetness, but the hop clearly dominates. Maybe some raisin hints. A bit rough, but great to drink. Initial Rating Date: 4/3/2007

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13280) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours dark brown. Nose is floral and citrus. Taste is citrus and a very pleasurable hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle 2009 shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, earth and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
(reserve 99) Cloudy orange with small light tan head. Floaties at bottom of pour. Big hoppy aroma -- citrus mostly. Plenty of malts there too, some sweetness. The flavor is sweet and rich. Sweet rich flavor --tastes like they kept adding the malts well past the point of sanity. Also some kick ass hoppiness. The aftertaste is involuntary shudder alcohol bitter burn. Definitely a sippy, not a session, beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12694) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2003 vintage Clear orange with a light apricot head. Aromas of stewed fruit and some sourness. Good rich and creamy mouthfeel. Sour fruity flavor up front, with a bitter dry finish, and some alcohol warming. A good barleywine, but not a great barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, 2003) Pours a dark copper color with a little haziness and a medium-sized, egg shell colored head. The armos is risch with hops, caramel, and alcohol. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and alcohol for a warming feeling.

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