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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
asheft (2700) - 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
oldrtybastrd (3222) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6662) - 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 itís 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 andÖ 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 Iím not too impressed. Actually thereís something unpleasant in the flavor all the way that bothers me. I donít know if this is oxidized or something. Should try and find another bottle. I canít imagine what aging wouldíve done to this particular bottle. Harm I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1898) - 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 (17007) - 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...

   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 didnít shock me. Bitter finish but over light flavor. Nothing bad about it just nothing exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bomber of 2010 Reserve. Clear orange-brown pour with a short off-white head leaving coarse lacing. Strong ethanol nose. Bourbon, raisin, cherry cough syrup, vanilla and some pine hops populate the medium body and the hops add some bitterness and umami to the finish. Smooth, but would have liked more body and some interesting hop notes. I donít see it improving with age to be honest. Only a hair above average from a house I have a lot of respect for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2011 vintage. Pours a really cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind. Slight leathery malt aroma with subtle earthy hops caramel malt and dark fruit. Somewhat floral with a faint grassy pine character followed by caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and sweet booze. Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very dry and bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a boozy finish. Lots of sticky hops up front that are somewhat stale at this stage followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A decent amount of sweet boozy flavor in the finish but the high ABV is actually pretty well masked. Overall, this beer is easy to drink but itís kind of bland and not very memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Pale-ish orange and flat pour. Waaaayyy too sweet for me, from the first sip to that last of the aftertaste. Some pine resin, biscuit. Very sugary sweet. Disappointing beer that I was really looking forward to, maybe itís better from a bottle.

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