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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
On tap at Gigantic. Colour...somewhat cloudy garnet amber with an off white head. Nose...massively (pardon the pun) hoppy with a resinous character and bits of sugar sirop to boot. Palate...viscous, coating and chewy with more hops and a hop candy flavour to meld with the massive malt! This barley wine hides its abv very well and doesnít seem even remotely 12%! Thereís plenty of caramel to go with the hops and toffee on the finish. Nicely done!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10116) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Well, they got the name right. Deep, and BIG, in every sense of the word. This is pretty much what I am looking for when Iím in the mood for a barleywine. Rich toffee, fruity sweet, but with more than enough hops to notice. The body is great for a beer of this strength. Dangerously drinkable and very very tasty. If the abv didnít show itself more as the beer warmed, Iíd have scored this even higher."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8038) - 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,Ö Big syrupy body. Interesting, touch odd in a good way. Good brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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", itís sweet but not cloying, itís 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ochniczek (263) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2015
tap at Mikkeller Bar. dark brown/ruby colour, slightly hazy. no head and no lacning. Very rich and complex aroma of sweet tropical fruit, caramel and cocoa. Sweet taste with notes of toffee, caramel malts, dried fruit and vanilla. Palate is very long in a bittersweet way. average carbonation. Delightful...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NWBEERGUY (1) - USA - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
Graveyard mix aroma hard to explain but comes across very sweet. Very clean and clear appearance. Still a slow sipping barley wine but the 12% abv not that present.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours slight hazy orange, min head Smell sweet hoppy fig, caramel raisin Taste sweet boozy caramel, really sweet, Mid body Very good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (2167) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2015
Botella . @SeŮor Lķpulo. Despacho de cervezas, Frikicata Gijůn 27/06/2015. Color caoba, aromas a malta, caramelo, sabor dulce algo afrutado, cuerpo alto.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2015
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a clear amber with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out notes of brown sugar, caramel and dried dark fruits. Flavour is massive indeed, with loads of brown sugar upfront, followed by caramel, toffee and dried dark fruits. Itís borderline cloying, but is so well-constructed that I can overlook it. Wonderful barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 On draught at Giganticís First Anniversary 5/9/13. Deep dark amber. Resinous, strong oily pitted fruit aroma. Sweet papaya and honeyed hop bitterness. Not as harsh as some barleywines. Hides alcohol content quite well. On draught again at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival 3/1/14. Now has a pleasing oxidized note to the flavor and a hint more bitterness.


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