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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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A caramel colored Belgium style strong ale fermented with two yeast strains for a dryer palate. This ale is dry hopped with Liberty Hops which makes it light in bitterness. A fruity charateristic produces an extremely enjoyable beer.

American Barleywine. Sediment due to 7 years of bottle conditioning. Yeasty, attenuated, but quite sweet. Pair with strong, fragrant cheeses.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6928) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Ruddy pour, Oxidation, ripe fruit, caramel malts. The yeast doesn’t really play a huge part surprisingly.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 oz bottle bought from Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL). Popped at home. Pours a rich glowing copper orange hue, healthy glow, faint haze but near transparent. Mellow carbonation and a loose tannish head atop laces small and sticks around as a mellow ring. Nice rich glowing orange copper elements. Aromas show richer oxidation, toffee and biscuits, caramel and carmelization. Wet paper, sherry vinous notes, and biscuits. Gentle dark fruit, kiss of orange. Oxidation is firmly in place, a bit old and flabby. Initial is thinner body, ravaged a bit by time with some gentle dryness, toast, and bready malts. Dough, kiss of caramel sweetness, carmelization, and gentle nuttiness. A bit far gone, the flavors taper out into a mellow oxidized thinner finish. Gentle sweet malts, touches of dark fruit. Fairly thinned overall, the nose preaches some more firm vinous and dark fruit elements, but the beer itself remains a bit flabby, one dimensional, and oxidized. Nose is a bit more appealing overall, but mellow flabby flavors and small thin body makes this beer a bit of a loser. Decent oxidation, some mellow sweetness, thinned and bland into the finish. No thanks. Past it’s prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Thanks Geist. Integrated caramel and bread with a nice sweetness. Light touch of booze. Medium body and very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 2005 vintage The beer is hazy and copper hued with a small, broken head of off white bubbles. The aroma brings butterscotch, oranges, booze, malt, candies, sugar. The flavor is decent, offering everything promised in the aroma. A bit sweet. Present alcohol, though not terribly in your face. Moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Overall, this was ok.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (418) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
shared by coleman and drowland’s going away tasting: dirty blood orange pour, no head or collar, aroma of cardboard oxidation, caramel malts, dark fruits and raisons. good thick mouth feel not much carbonation but to be expected because of age. taste of raison dates and figs, caramel, not bitter, honey notes. glad i got to try this beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Well this was a fun beer to actually try. Stamped blank label, like the original bottling of BCS. Aroma of cardboard, old fruit, yeast. Flavor is oxidized, rotting fruit, very much like a mead.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5341) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowland’s 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks to colemanzuber. Dark orange pour, off-white head. Sweet, honey-like aroma. Reminiscent of a mead. Flavor is showing its age (2005), with some Fruity Pebbles cereal notes, ripening vegetables, a bit of dates and raisins. Thick mouthfeel.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Hugely oxidized aroma with cardboard, fruits, and honey. Oxidized flavor with some fruit and cardboard.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbrazell (1572) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks to Coleman! 2005 bottle. Nose is good amounts of cardboard, oxygenized, sugared fruits and honey. Flavor is sour, honey, definitely weird. Glad to have give it a go.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Plain white label with "ICARUS05 1538" printed in the bottom left corner of it. Pours a cloudy tea-amber color with a tiny beige ring for a head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, figs, sweet bread, and a hint of cardboard coming through. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, earth, tea, sweet dough, vanilla, and dates. Light-medium bodied, feels thinned from time, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Drinks like an old barley wine.


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