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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
A smooth-pouring beer with an everlasting thin head. The scent is sweet and fruity with a memorable taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 reserve. Pours an opaque mahogany with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with dark cherry, bread, and a little tobacco. Hops definitely come through in the taste, but it is still pretty balanced. I have nothing bad to say about this ABW.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Incredible. This beer will kick you in the head if you're not careful. The nose is potent, exuding powerful hops and a forward maltiness. The color looks intense, as it is a deep, ruby copper color (if that makes sense). Lots of fruity ester in the nose presage an intense, full flavor profile: malt, a melange of hops, some interesting fruit (bing cherries, berries) and chocolate. A very interesting drinking experience. Two 22 oz. Old Boardheads will send you over the falls.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 11, 2004
22 oz bottle: pored into a tuplip glass. poured a nice deep amber color. the head started large, but quickly faded into oblivion. smells like apricots, alcohol and malts. no hops really, which of course saddens me. tastes malty, fruity and nice. soooo mellow and smooth. not a hint of alcohol. delish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
red copper colorwith malty, fruity, berry aroma. malty tangy taste. Alcoholic, med carbonation palate. great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
The place to start if you haven’t tried many barleywines before; try to locate an aged bottle (particularly the 1999 vintage). Three types of malt and four hop varietals make this an incredibly complex brew. Best when slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature. Smooth but with a firm malt flavor, almost no head (as is expected), some raisin and brown sugar essences.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
55F Whizzang, fizzang, fizzizle, drizzle -- fizz gone. Quite reddish. Looks dryish. Not so thick. Smells like fruitcake ala brandy. Mingled citron. Maraschino cherry nose. It looks a little oily up close. Hit me. Wow, and Yeah. Froot cake. Dried pears. Pecan sandies. Hermits with big fat and plump thompson raisins. Lay it on me. Layer it on me. Alcohol is masked, veiled, which means it is thinly disguised. It’s pretending to hide. There’s sharpness all about. Delish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2006
what puzzl said about sharing and verticals and whatnot. 05: smells like brown sugar, vanilla, a tiny bit of washed-rind (aka stinky) cheese, maybe some olives. tasted strongly of hops, and a bit like buckwheat honey. makes me think "greener" in comparison to the ’03. 6/4/5/4 03: pretty different; the word i thought of was "darker", when comparing it to the 05. now the smell is overwhelmingly like washed-rind cheese (like the chimay cheese where the rind is washed with beer i had a week ago), with some soy sauce. 03 tastes almost sickeningly sweet, with buckwheat honey, dark fruits, soy sauce, washed-rind cheese, and a little like lucky charms-type marshmellows. i wish i could have tried an 04, since i think a balance between the two would have been best. otherwise, i’m not too sure i’m a fan.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Incredbile color in this 2004 bottle. It is almost brandy like in appearnce. Very smooth with almost no head. Looks like wine. Clean well balanced taste. Not as sweet as many barleywines. I taste cherry, and cognac hues. I prefer a little more bite...this is so smooth. Probably much better with a cigar and a little choclate after a meal. Definitly taste this one with food. Not a good one to taste first.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz of the 2008, i feel bad giving this a lower rating but it just didn’t shock me. Bitter finish but over light flavor. Nothing bad about it just nothing exciting.


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