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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours rusty orange-amber with an off=white head. Aroma has strong notes of dried plum and raisin, also candied orange peel, dried cherry, apple and grape candy, some bread, and a bit of spice. Really great. Taste is lots of fruitiness - raisin, plum, grape. Cola, bread, a bit of molasses and spice. Light bitterness. Falls a little flat to the amazing aroma, but still nice. Medium body, full fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (3625) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of malts, caramel and some spices. The taste was of malts, caramel, fruits and more spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6677) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2011 bottle. Clear dark Amber/copper with a thin white head. Big nutty malty nose with a playful herbal whisper. The flavor is a bit bitter but has a stern caramel and almond base that’s kinda charming. Overall okay. Lots of almond in the back end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4763) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Rated on 02-23-2013 at RBWG (8.5%ABV) This beer’s appearance is that of a medium sized ivory head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is light hops, spicy, malt, and sweet. The flavor is light hops, spicy, some alcohol, and malt. This beer’s mouthfeel is light carbonation and thin. This beer is light bodied. This beer needs more flavor for the style and the texture is too thin for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Small bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Dark orange, opaque appearance with a lacy beige head. Banana, herbs, light peppery spice, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Medium to full body with medium sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sissio (1147) - Orsenigo, ITALY - NOV 3, 2014
Light hazy copper red,mcappuccino head. Caramel, dried prunes, mature apricots, winey, passito, raisins. Christmas spirit taste, not as rich as the aroma, bitter finish with balsamic notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaVillum (826) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2014
33 cl, flaske, 8,0 % ABV, købt i Barley Wine i CPH City, 30. oktober 2014. Kastanjebrun belgisk juleøl med moccafarvet skumkrone på 5-6 cm tykkelse. Ufiltreret og roligt i glasset. Kraftig aroma af både peber og tørret frugt. Træ. Krydderier såsom koriander. Nærmest apoteker-aroma. Nellike. Smagen er let syrlig og dernæst bittersød med masser af krydderier. Er vel egentlig en øl i katagorien Herb Ale, når alt kommer til alt. God balance mellem de forskellige elementer og en god mellem fyldig krop. Opsummering: let syrlig, medium bitter og let sødme. Ganske vel karboneret på et medium niveau med en oily konsistens og en medium lang eftersmag. Denne meget krydrede Ale vil IMO være særdeles velegnet til det store kolde (jule-)bord. Velsmagende.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9225) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this beer look and played the part of a prototypical barleywine. but while it had all the elements, it was not as great as the sum of it’s part. caramel malt, hops, slight alcohol presence...check, check, check. decent, but nothing stood out, and the body was average. for the price, i’ll pass."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Typical Belgian Christmas Scotch, also tasted as Noël des Géants (its first name in 2007). Also sold in giant bottles (I’ve seen one of 3 litres). Thick and somewhat rocky, sticky, light beige head, colour a deep mahogany bronze, clear but misty after adding the deposit, the way it should be. Aroma of chocolate, coffee liqueur, hazelnuts, cloves, gingerbread, aniseed, flowery hops, liquorice, pine resin. Malt sweetness in the mouth with dark fruits and some citrus peel, turning a deep nutty and chocolatey malty in the middle with not too pushy spicy notes (aniseed, ginger), dry roasted bitterness in the end with herbal hops. Not very original, but decent and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2014
12oz bottle from 24hr power outage temperature refrigerator to chalice. Pours medium brown with light tan head that quickly dissipated. Slight aroma of fruits. Mostly sweet. Tastes a bit thin. Sweet. You have to concentrate pretty hard to pick out any serious flavors. Slight spice on the finish. Prickly carbonation.

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