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RATINGS: 936   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Deep crimsony brown, thick tan head. Deep rich nose of sweet pine and melon, toasted English toffee brittle, touches of brown sugar, and a faint hint of grassiness. Good bitterness up front that drops off quickly into a well integrated sweet toffee malt. ABV well hidden. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, quick drying, bittersweet finish. Very drinkable for a high gravity brew...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle. Soft mahogany with a small tan head. Nose is huge pine and citrus notes. Some caramel as well. Taste echoes the aroma. Huge pine, caramel, light toffee, spicy hops, and citrus fruits. The alcohol is there but is not oppressive or hot. Thereís a bit of nuttiness throughout this as well. Body is chewy and medium-full with moderate carbonation. Light oily notes and a lingering bitterness. This finishes with toffee notes, pine, chocolate covered peanuts, spicy hops, and citrus fruits. Nice big barleywine here. I canít wait to see how this ages!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Nice, fruity aroma - filled with figs, raisins and currants. Swe et aroma, but perfectly balanced with a dry, earthy ,freshness. The flavor is pretty good too: pretty hoppy, yet sweet and spicy -some wine-like and herbal qualities. Hoppy, bitter finish, but it is very clean and works very well for this beer. I can tell that the alcohol will sneak up on me, as itís not too evident or astringent at all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Deep amber with a frothy off-white head - very hoppy aroma, with notes of cedar, brown sugar, cherries - surprisingly dry, and extremely hoppy - this is more like a chewy double ipa - toffee and caramel come swelling up from under the dryness, along with some bright, fruity esters - very woody throughout - notes of spice at the end, with alcohol warmth - very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bomber. Usually Iím not a Barleywine fan. I heard from a beersnob that this is more like a Triple IPA so I bought one. It has a chewy thick texture that feels great in my mouth, very full and smooth. It is dark amber colored with a good balanced hop charged feel to it. I like it and would buy it again if I can!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2nd Anniversary Bottle 22 oz bottle # 926/6000, purchased at beverages and more soon after I moved to San Diego a Year and Half Ago. Its been sitting in my fridge ever since. After popping the top the bottle popped some bubbles and then poured smootly. Pours a nice rich amber with a mellow tan head that sits nicely on top of the brew. The nose is smokey and full of toffee and caramel. The taste is big and bold with toffee that fills the mouth. The aftertaste is quite bitter and doesnít have that throat warming quality that I enjoy so much when it comes to barley wines. Certainly not the best barley wine Iíve had, but not the worst either, reminds me of Alpine Great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark clear amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is floral and citrusy with piney undertones. Taste is citrus hoppy with hints of pine resin,toffee and caramel. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle shared at the CL RB gathering. Thanks to whoever it was who brought this one. A deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is pretty big on both resiny citrus hops and malt. The taste is caramel, toffee, with citrus galore throughout, complimented nicely by a nice amount of hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pours a deep amber with nice khaki head. Nice aroma! Thick caramel notes with a deep spicy hop presence. Nice body, and very hoppy for a barley wine, but itís awesome and balanced. Perfect mesh between resiny/spicy citrus hops and sweet caramel like maltyness. Creamy body and mouthfeel. Peppery notes, earthy with a smooth dry hopped finish. Well hidden alcohol. A hoppy barley well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Dark murky ruby body topped by an extremely dense tan head. Lace is huge weeping sheets. The aroma is sweet toffee with citrus and earthy notes. The flavor is loaded with toffee and some caramel. Alcohol is part of the mix, as expected. A good bit of hoppiness, as one might expect from this brewer Reminds me in some ways of Bigfoot. The palate is lighter than I would have expected, making it dangerously drinkable. Good stuff.


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