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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24430) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (361) - 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:

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4352) - 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!)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7023) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (12333) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Clear amber color, small off-white head. Aroma is malts, huge sticky resinous sweet hops. Taste malts, sticky resinous hops, alcohol, sweetish. Full body, medium carbonation. Intense.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5454) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT12. Clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells hops, sweet, barley wine. Tastes soapy, hops, sweet, raisins. Full body, soft to medium carbo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
Draft @ CBC 2015. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (418) - POLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Sensoric. Deep ruby with tiny, light brown head. Poor lacing and head retention. NIce, medium aroma of dried red fruits, peaches. Medium malty aroma - toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, but not overpowering in the end little mild. Notes of brown sugar, brandy. Medium to full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, finish is semi-sweet and quite short. Little alcohol warming. In general typical english-like barley wine, enpowered by lots of malts, but what’s most important not so sweet, that you can’t drink whole the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Neorej80 (496) - - SEP 4, 2015
Heavy aroma of red fruits, yoghurt, applebutter, vanilla with peaches and caramel. Interesting dark red colour with a noce off white head. Wow! Very sweet, but not just sweet ??. Caramel, cane sugar, caramel, cane sugar and some spicy alcoholiness. Rasins, caramel, orange, yeast and a far away hoppy dryness. Strange, nice but a bit too massive for me!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (691) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2015
Beautiful ruby red beer, crystal clear with nice bubbliness and a white head. Smell is overwhelming caramel, with yoghurt and dark fruit. Apple butter, hint of vanilla. Taste is too sweet. Like forest fruit jam. Light bitterness, touch of citrus. Subtle alcoholic twang. Finish is long, astringent, complex with lots of herbs.


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