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RATINGS: 717   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 10, 2004
What a beautiful beer! Pours deep red/amber with a continuously replenishing head... I mean, this thing is still bubbling quickly after 5 minutes. Ya, I’ve been smelling it for about 5 minutes. It smells really darn good! Very floral hop aroma, with a touch of sharpness. Mellower in this respect than a lot of BW’s. The head is actually growing. Neat. The flavor is suprising, more floral hops, quite sweet and full of malts and the finish. Exceptionally smooth and pleasantly warning as you swallow. Has a touch of metallic aftertaste. I can see why this one is so highly rated!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
This bottle was recommended to me by the guys at the Pizza Port bottle shop. ’07 bottle. Pours a deep amber with a nice light carmel head. Nice bitter mouthfeel with hops, spice, and light carmel. I would like to try this one with another year or two on it. All around, a pretty nice barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Borwn amber with light bubbly head that disappeared quite eagerly, and left spotty lacing. A little stir of the glass re-ignites the head. Smells like dark roast malt, and a hint of red berried fruit. Taste is quite alcoholic, but a nice malty backbone that soon comes over.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2005
2004 bomber. Pour is coppery in color almost clear, just a slight haze, with off-white head. Aromas are fruity/peach, earth, malt, and belgian yeastiness. Velvety mouthfeel, flavour is malt, apricot, hints of bitter balanced with sweetness. Incredibly smooth and crisp for 9.8%ABV, no alcohol taste. It is dry, plesantly so, and easy to drink. An awesome barleywine, although a bit atypical. When can I get another?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2005
(bottle) Pours a clear somewhat dark orange/red with an off white head. Lots of fruits and malt in the nose. The taste is very rich. Alot of malt and the alchohol is nicely hidden especially for 10.6%. The flavor leaves a not-quite-ripened fruit taste with a lasting zing. But that is easily overlooked by the long lasting creamy mouthfeel. It is a very enjoyable Barley Wine and at $3.49, I easily will continue to drink it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rickyleepotts (99) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
I have never been impressed with Full Sail, but this has been starring at me on the shelf for a few weeks. They dropped the price, and I realized it was on the 1001 Bottles list. Figured I would get it before it was too late. Glad I did, because this beer has been retired. They no longer brew this. Not sure why... it is awesome! A nice thickness, some light bubbles, and a lovely sweetness leading to a drying sweet finish. This is what a barleywine is all about. I wish ore barleywines tasted like this. Good job, Full Sail! WELL worth the $4.49 I paid for it. Bottoms up, people!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
On tap at Toronado BW-fest on 2/19/06. Poured a clear ruby/orange color with a nice fluffy off-white head. Great sweet malty aroma with some floral hop scent. Nice malt body in the flavor with notes of fruits, some hops and a warming alcohol presence. A well balanced and very smooth bw.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
I always liked this barley wine, it is relatively cheap and has a good hop flavor. Does very well with age. Tried the 95’ at toronado barley wine fest 2008 and it was awesome. This was the best tasing barely wine I have ever that was aged over ten years. Most of the others I tried tasted a little funky but the old boardhead aged great. Preatty clear apperance tends to mean a more pronounced hop flavor as this one ages

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
pours a brown orange with a very thin head. Aroma is very assertive with sweet and slightly fruity notes. Flavor is more sour than anticipated and the brew is a bit less thick than u would like but overall a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a thick tan head Nice fresh hop aroma good malt sweetness nicely balanced good strong hop bite on the finish cascade presence abundant not a great variety of flavors but well balanced and strong in the representation of the style good stuff.


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