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RATINGS: 710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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
Tmoney99 (10085) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (9651) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Beautiful orange coloure. Unclear. Huge beige head. Herbal, spicy and with a good alcahol character in the aroma. Flavour is malty and sugary with some hoppy notes. Again there is a subtle alcahol note in the background. Complex and wellmade. Ends with a light bitterness and a pleasant alcaholwarming/burnt. Thanks BŁck Dich for trading this fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9430) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
2008 vintage. A reddish copper ale with a thin off white head. A nice caramel ,alt, with vinous notes, and nice floral c-hops. In mouth, licorice, sweet malt, good floral c-hops. Nice and smooth, with warming alcohol in finale. A solid barley wine. Bottle from Bottle Barn, tasted August 21, 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9091) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Reserve 99...bottled 11.10.98 Pours cloudy copper with no head and some floating sediment. Aroma is malt with an apple cider, hop nose. Flavor is lightly bitter and heavy malt with a dry hoppy finish. Some notes of caramel and a tad roasty. Warm and full-bodied palate that warms the body all the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9036) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
JW77 with a nice barleywine...thanks John. Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some floral hops make up the aroma. What a great balance between sweet malt and a deft touch of hops. Really a gem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Oh boy. After a night of mediocrity, this one hits the spot. Actually, the Full Sail Rip Curl was the only other non-mediocre beer. The aroma is intense. So many things in there. First off, itís fruity. Michigan cherries and dark fruits (dates, prunes). Very malty with notes of red wine and port. Also detected: vanilla, alcohol and saltwater taffy. A beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, ruby/copper-colored ale. Large yeast particles are there, but few and far between. The small, fizzy, khaki-colored head diminishes fully and quickly. No lacing. The flavor is complex. Malty/sweet and pungent up front with bursts of port and cherries. Tart and slightly bitter on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Full-bodied with an oily/silky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A short, dry, tart finish. The alcohol is there, but well-disguised. Excellent barley wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
2002 Vintage courtesy of egadzis. Poured a medium copper color with an off white head. Aromas of matls, caramel, toffee and light oranges. Tastes of sweet malts, sugary, caramel, and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle @ Danís house. Hazy reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Touch toasty malty, somewhat citrusy, earthy, lightly floral hoppy aroma. Floral, herbal hoppy, citrusy, fairly rich toasty malty flavor. Iím a little disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8211) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
2003 version. Beautiful deep garnet colour with a thick off-white head. Very sweet malty aroma, biscuit and cookie dough malts, cherry fruitiness, and caramel. Slightly resinous hoppiness and faint spiciness. Flavour is very sweet, a bit of acidity, crystal malts, light plum and cherry flavour. Seems a bit too sweet for my liking, but still very tasty.

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