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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5406) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle @ Spiesyís gaff. Sweetish alcohol barleywine aroma. Sweetish alcohol barleywine flavour. A straight average barleywine.

   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.

   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. Doesnít do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3489) - 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 isnít 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 donít work for this.

   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 donít really get this beer. Mostly because it tastes like a double IPA. Could be much darker, much rounder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4357) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Not a huge barleywine fan but I can tell this one is done well. This was the 09 version and it wasnít overpowering in alcohol. Still had some nice hop kick to it. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (18115) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
22nd January 2010
Hazy deep amber - brown beer. Light malt nose. Semi soft palate, a little dry. Malty bitter toffee, followed by pretty bitter hop. A little aniseed alcohol underneath. Subtle black fruits in the finish which is soft and warming and with a trace of bubblegum. A few too many rough edges for me.

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