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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (2692) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
Tap @CBC16. Clear, dark amber, small light beige head. Aroma has wood, berries and light vanilla. Sweet flavour, wood, malt and vanilla. Quite sippable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4751) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
(Gigantic Massive!) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 12% Deep red ruby colour on the body, clear, with a small but thick beige head sitting on top, with good retention. Aroma of orange, cookie dough, malts, red fruits, light alcohol, light pine. Taste begins sweet with caramel, cookie dough, malts, turns to mildly bitter with hops, light orane peel and pine, light red fruits ad alcohol in between. Medium thick body with good carbonation, sticky palate. Very good and easy to drink in spite of the high alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gaultier (1457) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Sample @ CBC-16, Copenhagen 13/5-16. Malty, fruity and sweet. Sweet and fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4222) - 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 (871) - 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 (18725) - 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 (5474) - 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 (1233) - 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_ (4464) - 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 (25127) - 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.

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