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RATINGS: 713   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2007 22 oz. bottle from the most generous stefanje. Thank you Stefan! Clear dark red color with a sizeable head and good lacing. Prickly pine hops are assertive int he aroma with notes of brown sugar, cream, citrus. Taste is very strong and very dry hops, lemon, other citrus and pine. Some subtle fruitiness supports the hoppiness. Nice creamy texture and taste througout. Normally I like a nice maltiness to balance the hops, which this one lacks, but for some reason it works very well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8170) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7875) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
(2001) Chestnut; brown-yellow head, not very ample. Nose gives preserved fruit (confits), ginger, "Grand Marnier". Some hops seem to struggle to come trough. Taste: sweet-sourish-bitter. WOW! Some balance, some impression. A bit harsh, resiny finish, though. very chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol impression, very masked. In the aftertaste, the taste of confited orange or Gr. Marnier (much less sweet) reappears, to stay long. A better-than-average, very American Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 14, 2008
2007 Bottle. Pours a murky plum color with a large off-white head that leaves good lacing. Gorgeous hued beer. Aroma of dark fruits, honey, flowery. Taste is sweet, and bozzy, with dark fruits and brandy. Nothing special. Mouthfeel is syrupy, with light carbonation. English Style, malty barelywine....I like the West Coast Style Stuff Better...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7824) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7691) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2004
Beer #18 at Spiesy’s. The final beer in our run of strong Americans. I must admit I am more used to nip bottles for barley wines than 750ml ones. Red colour. Sweet candy sugar aroma, with some hop too. Raisins and resin in the flavour. Rich and opulent, but sticky and cloying. No doubt well made, just too sweet and sickly for me. Bottled.


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