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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 BOTTLE: amber/orange pour, aroma of caramel and fruit. Fruity hop & malt taste. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. 2011 version. Oxidized, poor flavor & aroma. High carbonation. Probably bad bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
The only reason my ratings werenít any lower is due to believing that thereís a good beer beneath the one that a Colorado store improperly cellared. Must have been either in the light, in a hot warehouse or both. Very funky taste masking everything with underlying sense of malt flavor - hops destroyed. Damn ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bricks (748) - Delaware, USA - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2011 Smells sweet and malty. It tastes as if it was made with saltwater. Awful bitter for a barely wine. Not really into this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2008
Dark amber with large white head. Dusty beery aroma. No other way to really describe it. I drank it warm and the bitterness is somewhat high (and very present in the aftertaste). Some maltyness maybe a light fruity tastes (sort of grape esque). The bitterness is just all wrong though for the flavor. Itís not a bad flavor I just didnít like it. Hides the alcohol well. Scratchy mouthfeel. Moderately thick... not great....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Vintage 2011 Red hued copper ale with some yellow peanut foam rim and sheet quality. Excellent clarity leaving some spotty lace. Smells like a souped up Pale ale (english style) with some earthy, grassy hop profiles. A decent sugary toffee tone, but very subdued in the nose. The flavor follows thru with that tone, but is overpowered by a sulfur, ester, sweet alcohol flavor. The ingredients and quality characteristics of a Barleywine are soon forgotten in this beer. Medium bodied with low carb, and a semi dry finish. Not a drain pour, but not a good beer either. Easily among the lower end of BWís for me. I like íem to have a little more malt character than this. Too many chemical flavors to make me happy. A disappointment. Serving type: bottle 12-31-2011

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
First and foremost I must confess that this was the first barley wine that I had ever tasted. I am a malt head by birth and dispise hoppy brew...I should have never picked this up due to the IBUís being 91. I took one drink and poured the rest down the drain. That is not to say it was a bad brew...just one that I couldnít stomach. I will never drink another barleywine as long as I am alive.

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