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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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


Rictus' rating

2.2
   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. It’s not a bad flavor I just didn’t like it. Hides the alcohol well. Scratchy mouthfeel. Moderately thick... not great....


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2651) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2016
2007 vintage poured from a keg at a 2014 event. Has a mellow syrupy aroma. Pours a copper color with a ginormous head. A nice mellowed out barleywine...the years have definitely influenced it. Notes from the ’14 Denver Rare Beer Tasting

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3126) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Really nice, aged well. Dry, not too heavy. Slight medicinal aftertaste. Hides the booze well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2015
22 oz bottle of 2011 Reserve served in a Belgian snifter. The hazy brown body is topped by a thin weak head that leaves minimal lacing. Fruity appealing aroma with some biscuit and remarkably little evidence of alcohol. There’s little sign of the alcohol upon tasting either ... at first; but eventually the alcohol builds and the finish and aftertaste are actually rather boozy. While the boozy finish detracts from the flavor it is overall good enough, and complex enough, to deserve a 8. More hops than expected for this style and vintage combination. Feel: light carbonation in a medium-light body with obvious alcohol warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 vintage 2007 pour dark amber copper with moderate tan head. Nose toffee, raisin, sweet malt, and maybe hint of oxidation. Taste up front sweeter flavors with raisin, plum, toffee. Mid palate moderate bitterness still. Hint of spicy pepper. Drinks pretty nice for 8 year old beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
Deep dive into the rotter for this 2009 reserve barley wine gold ale. Rich toffee. Raisin rum cake. Musty sherry. Oxidized grape drank. Bit of sharp coffee medicine. Better than expected given what was in front of me. Rotted just fine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. 2010 vintage. A: Dark brown with red highlights. Creme colored head. Lacing. N: Toffee, leather, earth, tobacco, some oxidation, grass. Dry autumn leaves. T: Quite bitter, light sweetness. M: Medium body, touch of alcohol, drying, soft carbonation. O: Throwback barleywine. Not unrestrained but not my cup of tea, either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6194) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage 2012. Pours slightly hazy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of raisins and booze. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Old rating. Average barley wine. Brown sugar, toffee, raisins, big hop wallop in finish. Decent enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"piney, good balance of malt and hops, and smooth and drinkable even though it has a kick. good, but not one of the best. I’ll usually pick up a bottle any time I find one. 2/10-have had a couple pedestrian bottles. the 07 version not aging well. docked a couple tenths."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11495) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample from 2007 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Dark amber color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and resiny hops. The finish is sweet with a charred malt and caramel aftertaste. Pretty good all around.


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