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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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Our American-style Barleywine undergoes a three hour boil to intesify the caramel malts and the enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy this brew fresh today or lay it down for aging to see how the flavors of each vintage evolve.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bottle (650ml). Shared with jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DarkElf - DarkElf+ Fest í07!!. Deep clear amber, average off-white head. Toasty sweet malt aroma and alcohol aroma - simple and oh-so-nice - quite bitter. Average body, quite astringent and fairly boozy - solid BW.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2007
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: I see a commonality to the reviews of this beer from this location. I love barleywines, but this was simply the worst that I have ever had. The color was good, being a dark ruby colored brew, with a small off white head. The smell was something else. It didnít smell bad, but it did smell like root beer. The taste was predominately of root beer. This was close to undrinkable. Yuk!

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2007
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: There must have been something wrong with this keg. Single worst craft beer I had ever had. Pour was a dark brown with a thin white head. Taste was mildly hoppy and astringent. Aftertaste like mouthwash. The menu said 12oz glasses but they were giving everyone 16. I wonder if it was infected and they were trying to unload it? Awful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Cloudy brown pour with a thin light brown head. Good aroma of hops and caramel malt. The flavor is solid with its sturdy caramel malt and resinous hops, it finishes with bitterness. The body is full with a liquorous texture and medium carbonation. Very well done and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
Perfumey floral, aroma,all from esters, you can also detect a sugary sweetness in the nose, taste is a carmelly smooth sweetnesswith a big hop bitter finish almost excessive, wheat or rye slightly detectable, touch of toffee and hot alcohol. Taste was great,but the finish detracts.Thanks Kingpin

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4109) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 On tap at the Mad Mex. Smells like root beer and cotton candy. This is not yer typical barley wine aroma. The pour is light brown with a rootbeer head that matches the smell. Very strong alky flavor impact. You ceratinly know this is a barleywine when you taste it. The alky content is not hidden and you know this is above 10%. Very little carbonation, flat. Finish is back of your throat medicinal qualities with a bitterness that hangs on your uvula. Lingers and lasts for a while after you are finished drinken the last sip. Difficult. I am not a barleywine lover or expert but this is probably one of the better tasting ones Iíve had. IMHO much better than Laggy Brown Shugga and Bellís Wheat Love.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Burgundy red and brown colored body. Fresh hop and oak nose with some plum and port scents. Frothy and thick, spicy and peppery, flavors of dark fruit such as plums. Dose of yeast in the finish. Really reminds me of Bigfoot.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2007
thin creamy light tan head, hazy dark scarlet-black body and lighter ruby at the edges. aroma is sweet vinuous malt, dried berry? vanilla, and sweet bourbon. flavor is vinuous malt, toffee too. gets a little hot, and carbonation perks up the heat a bit more. fruityness goes to bitter citrus. finish becomes hoppy and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2007
This is a good Barley Wine. Pine Hop, malty, and earthy flavors. Finishes thick and chewy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a deep translucent ruby red amber with a large creamy tan head that sustained and left lots of lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma had loads of crystal malt, some dark fruits, fresh citrus hops with hints of vanilla and toasted bready malts. Flavor was up front caramel/toffee malt quickly followed by a moderate hop bitterness. Hop flavors of pine and grapefruit. Also picking up some dark fruits rather dry and no cloying sweetness like you would tend to get with some Barley Wines. A nice hoppy West Coast version of this monster of a beer.


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