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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. A brown and orange beer with a large off white head. Strong aroma when the beer is opened of hay and yeast but more complex nose of ginger and grapfruit on the pour. Flavor starts interesting... a honeyed sweetness and a barleywine like flavor but it is over pretty quick, instead it gives way to a weird pine sol, battery acid taste that sticks in the corners of your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4269) - 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 (2539) - Conifer, 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 (714) - 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 (506) - 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 (6084) - 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 (2436) - 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 (590) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (702) - BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2014
Bière de Noël de 8 % abv, mais mon exemplaire a deux ans et demi de plus que sa date limite, donc il a dû prendre quelques forces au passage (du temps) et bien entendu son âge va influer sur les arômes et saveurs également... Au versage, le nez est nettement à la portorisation. (oh joie...). Couleur brun roux sombre, et roux foncé en transparence. Apparence avec un voile de levure (malgré le peu de gaz à l’ouverture). Bulles moyennes, en 3 colonnes réparties, dont une centrale intense. Mousse qui n’est plus que d’un léger nappage (normal vu l’âge), mais il durera toute la dégustation. Arômes clairement sur la tendance à la portorisation, avec des pruneaux macérés dans l’armagnac, du bois exotique (principalement acajou, teck), cassonnade brûlée, sirop d’érable. 1ère bouche veloutée sur des fruits très mûrs, dont la prune et la poire. Sous-bois à l’automne. Arrière-bouche ample, complexe, sur du malt chocolat et des fruits confits. 2ème sur le porto, le vieux cognac, le whisky vieilli en fût de bourbon. 3ème à la complexité énorme, notes de chocolat praliné, eau de villée. Arrière-bouche sur du cramique, cougnou, pain aux amandes. La longueur développe encore avec entre autres de la résine de pin, des cerises noires, des figues, des épices orientales, etc. La levure a bien entendu fini son travail, elle est terreuse mais douce et fine. L’alcool s’en donne à cœur joie, et je pense que mon exemplaire doit frôler les 10 % réels. La finale est un feu follet qui dicte sa loi à cette xmas de derrière les fagots... avec du bois de fût, des herbes de la lune et autres brindilles des bois. CONCLUSION : on ne s’ennuie pas, on a chaud, on boit du petit lait … Que c’est merveilleux quand une Christmas vous fait cet effet, parce que c’est exactememnt pour cela que ces bières ont été concues. Donc « pisse vinaigre » et autre « acide à tout va », s’abstenir !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (213) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Plums, prunes and sweet grapes on the aroma. A clear but thick body. Taste is sweet with candied fruits and some background malt. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
In terms of style tends to lean a little closer to a winter spiced dubble rather than a strong dark ale. The spicy characteristic is held together by a lightly sugary body with notes of dried fruit Cola and yeast eaters. The spritzy carbonation cuts through the palate but ultimately for what it is there seems to be something lacking.

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