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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9829) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
2004 edition. A very well done barleywine, nicely hopped and malted. Cloudy peach to amber with pretty head. A great complement to the food and very quaffable. Noted caramel, citrus juice, fruit, slight licorice, candy, bittersweet great combination. Wonder how it would be aged.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (9339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, caramel, and a decent hop bite. Flavour of tropical fruits, caramel/toffee, and hops. Sticky palate with a bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8621) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 2002: Medium orange and red appearance. Smells a bit fishy, with some strong alcohol and hop characteristics. A bit sour and tasting like leaves and fruit. Light to medium bodied, quite crisp, with some light and subtle hop flavors. I had this after tasting Double Bastard, so I probably am missing something. Overall, quite sweet orange and lemon, with some mixed grapefruit as well. Very acidic and abrasive. Sampled the 1999 at 5 years old and it really wasn’t much different. Not a top 50.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 2 2003 bottles proved to be vastly different experiences. The first was :

Hot citrus sunshine on a pregnant earthy knoll...Abundant fruitiness dallying in warming but well-hidden alcohol...It seems intensity and equality can be achieved all at once...Inspiring...8/4/9/4 17/20

The other was less hoppy, sweet fruitiness was somewhat slightly tart and reminiscent of papaya juice, and overall a white wine character was trying to unite all of the flavors. Definitely not up to par with the other bottle. 7/4/7/3 15/20

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
03 Reserve. Big thanks to Brock_Landers. Brock sent me 3 or 4 top 100 beers. This one is turbid deep copper with minimal head (no deductions due to high ABV). Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, hops, gingerbread, black pepper. Not as intense as the HOTD Doggie Claws aroma, but I give both 9s. Tastes very malty, fruity, with hops, dark fruit, some toffee, cognac. This one is a bit more refined and balanced than the Doggie Claws, but not as "in your face" intense. Dense finishing palate, with a somewhat krieky finish, and also a hit of rauch. I can’t decide whether this or Doggie Claws is better. They are both great. This one is a tuxedoed, smooth, finessed barleywine, while the Doggie Claws is a rough around the edges, long haired hippie. Both have their purpose, and as far as I’m concerned, they are both at the top of the genre. My 2nd 4.5 rating for a Barleywine tonight. Dare I try the Avery The Beast next!!!?? Stay tuned, fans. I may need a Goddamn stretcher! Yeah man!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 2005 Vintage Rated December 2006. Red-amber body with a smallish tan head. Slightly perfumey floral hops up front are overtaken by alcohol as it warms. Rough bitter hops turn astringent in the finish as it joins with the alcohol. Average palate. Not unpleasant but a fairly roughly hewn barleywine. 7+/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 <P> Reserve 1999 100799 bottle rated April 2006. Amber body with a smallish head. Interesting aroma is tough to decipher, light caramel and muted hops. Light bitterness is a bit rough, pleasant grainy malt in the middle. Less hoppy than expected, but that could partly be the age. Medium palate has lost some carbonation. Not quite what I was expecting, less intensely hoppy than I thought it would be. Curious to compare it to a younger version now. Thanks to the trader who I have forgotten! 6/2/7/4/15 - 3.4

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