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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
asheft (2901) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
[2003 bottle] Hazy reddish orange with little head, but a ring of white foam that leaves a milkshake-like coating. Interesting fruity aroma with malt, peach, banana, some butterscotch, pineapple, and dried apple. Unfortunately the nice aroma was followed by a musty and highly bittered flavour that contained some malt reminiscent of an english pale ale with a little papaya and cardboard. Mouthfeel was puckering from the bitter and sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear light copper colour with thin biege head. Woody alcohol nose. Full body woody bitter alcohol taste with warming alcohol and hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle dated 2004.Pours a somewhat cloudy hazy dark amber color with no head but lots of tiny bubbles, oily on the glass. Nose is not very outright as it seems to be a little sweet and syrupy. Not much on the hops. There is some sour apple from it tho’. Man, I am a little bummed that this doesn’t have much to it.I have a 1999 that I open just to see if this one is off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours a dark hazy amber color. Aromas of fruit, malts, and floral hops. Flavors of dark fruit, a hint of smoke, and nice hops. Lots of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2005 bottle. Pours nicely, clear and copper with a big frothy head on top. Hops and alcohol dominate this one from start to finish. I really didn’t get any of the maltiness or fruit that are mentioned in the commercial description. In fact, it kind of tasted like an ashtray. After a bit, the hops loosened their grip, and I got a fleeting sense of some malt, but never any fruit. For me, way too bitter and unbalanced. I was a bit disappointed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Dark copper color with a thin white head. Candy like aroma with a slight bitter hppy taste. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7202) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of alcohol and dried tropical fruits. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. Strangely light and watery for its style/size. Not much going on in the nose, but it’s inoffensive. Overall just ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2006
2004 bomber from Clark the man, thanks!!! Beautiful clear (hey, why others have had cloudy pour and I had 100% clear!?) coppery amber pour with a modest & quickly diminishnig head. Aroma has hints of PNW hops but (again) not as much I was hoping for. Other components of the aroma are some bubblegum, peppery spices, number of fruits, alcohol and… some kind of thinner. Carbonation is harsh and the body surprisingly thin. Flavor has many things going on with burning alcohol in the front but to be honest I’m not too impressed. Actually there’s something unpleasant in the flavor all the way that bothers me. I don’t know if this is oxidized or something. Should try and find another bottle. I can’t imagine what aging would’ve done to this particular bottle. Harm I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1933) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Aroma is a bit light with a sweet roasted scent. Color is a deep amber with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Taste is big, sweet and bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp with a sweet feel. Finish comes in with mild sweet flavor that has only a faint raisin and a very faint roasted taste in it. Then it turns very bitter with with a hop flavor and an almost dry bitterness that lingers in the after taste with a slight alcohol feel. I am not a fan of hoppy, bitter Barley Wines, I like them bold, rich and sweet. This is a decent brew its just a bit light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle at home Big thanks to Douglas88 for this ... Deep copper ... wee bit sweet barley wine nose with some piney hop ... But the flavour for me is not a barley wine ... little sweet ... lots of hops very bitter ... nearly undrinkable ... appreciate getting to try it but oh no... no balance...

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