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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Brewers in the midlands of England would boil their barley wines ales for longer times to intensify their flavors. In making Massive! we used only British Halcyon pale malt and boiled for eight hours, giving the beer a deep ruby color and rich malt flavor. Heavily hopped, Massive! is a beer that can be enjoyed now for its intensity, or after years and years and years of aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. Clear reddish pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, sugary malts, caramel and some pine. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, caramel and sugary. Huge body. Heavy stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mister_Li (631) - GERMANY - FEB 1, 2016
Trübes rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, reichlich süß, Karamell, fruchtig, Dörrobst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2015
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver; 12 oz
Dark mahogany color with barely any head. This is not your typical American Barely wine: aroma and flavor are very "fruity", it’s sweet but not cloying, it’s malty but without heavy toffee presence, fruity caramel, no fresh oak/bourbon/vanilla, not nutty, moderately bitter, with gentle alcohol warmth in the final.
More similar to strong Belgians, such as Stille Nacht pre-2003, than to Barley Wines.
Excellent sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5201) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma is fruity, malty, caramel, toffee, alcohol, dark fruit and light spice. Taste is sweet, big, malty, dark fruit, caramel, toffee and faint spice with a sweet boozy finish. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (1099) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2015
Aroma is sweet and fruity. Overripe peaches, figs and raisins with a thick toffee sensation. Taste is really sweet and sticky. Dried fruits with an almost vanilla sensation in the back, syrup with a slight grassy bitterness. A fair share of alcohol warmth in the end... well, it was - Massive!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2015
Draught @ CBC2015. Pours caramel brown with a small frothy offwhite head that doesnät leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly boozy with caramel, sweet dark bread, tooffee, moist grass, dried pine needles, alcohol and hints of glue. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty, tiny fruity and slightly boozy. Mouthfeel is round, viscous, syrupy, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, grass, dried pine needles, ammonium chloride, alcohol and lemon peal. Decent but very hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24330) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Draught@CBC2015 (blue session). Reddish amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, some ripe sweet dried fruits, mild sugary notes as well as some wood and alcohol. Flavour is quite similar, but the sweetness is balanced up by a rather bigtime hopping to it. Wellbalanced, and very drinkable BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (344) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle that is undated and I want to say is two years old. Almost zero head and a ruby red pour. Touches of caramel are abound. The one thing that I come away with is how sticky sweet this is. Hops have mellowed out quite nicely:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4350) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Clear brown caramel colour, off-white head. Aroma of hops, tropical fruits, roasted malts and toast. Bitter hoppy flavour, quite sweet, brown sugar. Finish malts, pineapple and caramel.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’, Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, DutchDrebus!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6974) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Thanks! to DutchDrebus. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Deep red amber. Nose is weird herbal bitterness mixed with cough syrup, mocha, light cherry, candy. Taste is herbal bitterness mixed with thick malts, sugar, light syrup, herbs, candied fruit,… Big syrupy body. Interesting, touch odd in a good way. Good brew.

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