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RATINGS: 719   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


2.9
   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 it’s kind of bland and not very memorable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5413) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle @ Spiesy’s gaff. Sweetish alcohol barleywine aroma. Sweetish alcohol barleywine flavour. A straight average barleywine.

2.8
   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 it’s better from a bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bomber of 2006 edition. Slightly chill-hazed leathery brown, small amounts of varied-density head. Moderate caramel/crystal malt aroma shored up with fairly light, mostly herbaceous hop notes. Very slight citrus. I was expecting quite a lot of sweetness, but the body is actually only moderately sweet. Seems pretty estery with some moderate huskiness and moderate acidity. Quite strong bitterness to complement the conspicuous lack of hop aroma. An odd fusion of English barleywine aroma and American barleywine bitterness levels. Doesn’t do it for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2007. Clear, dark red resin hued pour, leaving a wisp of beige foam aorund the rim. Musty tobacco ash aroma. Alcoholic citrus and chewy cookie sugars. Slick tea character. Metallic and harsh. Flavor is abrasively similar; a dusty, charred pine and iron water crunch. Acrid hops on destructive rampage. Subtler touches of dried orange, floral centennials, and crusty toffee submerged. Digging deep to find minerals and salty rough earth. Palate is bitter and biting, suffocating any inviting flavors unless taken in full swallows; chewy sandpaper. Finish warms a bit with a swelling of the persistent orange and cherry juiciness that lingers about, but hollows out on sterile wooded alcohol and bitter plastic. Inoffensive, and nothing to like here. Ageable. Thanks Andre!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
2006 Vintage. 22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget on Mace in Davis, CA. Caramel, fruity, berry-like aroma present with some definite ethanol presence. Light herbal hops are in there, but this aroma isn’t overly tempting. Very attractive transparent amber body with some garnet hues present. Medium off-yellowish head present with average lacing. Well, this is probably the thinnest-bodied barleywine I have ever tasted. Herbal, grainy, dry malt flavors to start, which turns very boozy and ethanolic in the middle. Very bitter hoppiness in the finish. This beer is way unbalanced. The light body combined with the horrific ethanol presence and high hop levels just don’t work for this.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
I don’t really get this beer. Mostly because it tastes like a double IPA. Could be much darker, much rounder.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Vintage 2002, Barley wine blind tasting. English Style. Light amber color. The lightest of all the BWs sampled. Musty aroma with some citrus. Flavor has lots of tobacco. Big bitterness. Smooth. Right in the middle for this style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
2008 vintage bomber. Pours murky chunky brown with minimal head. Nose- pine and leather, a tad dusty. taste- a hop forward barleywine with an astringent aspirin like bitterness. Some oxidation seems present so the malt has a sweet carboard taste. Dry, kind of lifeless finish. Watery body. Drinkability likely better in a fresher sample, although this is only a year old.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
(22oz bottle-Reserve 08). Pours hazy amber color with thick off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, raisin, soy sauce, and basement funk. Taste is semi-sweet followed by a bitterness that builds up. Medium bodied with a thinnish and oily texture. Some creaminess also, but not sticky, which is how I prefer barleywines. Carbonation is average and finish is bitter. As I continue to drink this beer, the bitterness becomes more and more distracting. No balance. A poor, over-hopped example of the style.


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