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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 (1222) - 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 doesn’t seem even remotely 12%! There’s 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 (5986) - 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 I’m 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 didn’t show itself more as the beer warmed, I’d have scored this even higher."

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 (1399) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1393) - Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 On draught at Gigantic’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx76 (629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2013
gigantic on tap - nose of cherry , syrup, booze. Nice amber color with light head tends to cling to side of glass. Taste of boozy cherries and grapes with sweet malt aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6185) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
22. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Loose creamy lace. Big sweet toffeeish nose, lots of treacle and some vanilla and deep caramel. Very, very much a traditional english barleywine. Creamy thick body, not quite sticky, very little carb. Caramel, toffee, treacle, maybe a tiny bit of gingerbread and definitely a little butter cookie. Very nice mid palate and must be suitable for at least some aging. Long sticky sweet finish. Nice effort.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2074) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a hazy reddish-orange color with a small foamy head that fades normally to a ring. Sweet, boozy aroma of cherries, toffee, caramel, pineapple, and honey. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Nice complex mix of flavors. Cherry syrup, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, honey, brown sugar, and dates. Somewhat boozy finish and still pretty smooth for 12%. I slammed the glass wayyyyy faster than I should have. Medium to thick body, chewy and syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty nice barleywine, would probably handle aging very well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11282) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours dark ruddy copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is mixed hop over a rather strongly roasted malt. Nearly full bodied. Flavor seems to start chocolate, switches to mixed hop - citrus/pine - shows heavy malt - lights a mild burning in the throat. It’s sweet, towards brown sugar, but there’s so much hop that doesn’t really matter. This is not quite accurate, but it finishes bittersweet. Couldn’t resist.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle from Brewery. Pours a brown ruby red with off-white foam. Smells strongly of grapefruit with hints of cranberry and deeply sweet lupulin. Tastes very sweet and fruity to start with, then fades to a crisp deep barley then ends warm with growing bitterness and lingering sweetness.


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