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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a transparent ruby copper color with a tall, soapy head of yellow-ish tan. Very hoppy aroma with a juicy strawberry fruity malt base. A bit of gummy peach manages to peak in there too. Some spruce resins and white grapefruit rinds create a harsh hoppy edge, that along with some sharp alcohols, serves as a deterrent from an otherwise pleasant aroma. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy soft, yet well carbonated mouthfeel. Some of the fruity characters start out on the palate, mostly the strawberries, and are accompanied by a bit of dark fudgy caramel. A wave of hop destruction soon follows, transcending the malt character with a harsh ginny hop blast for a final smack. Definitely more appropriate hop usage for an IIPA, but thats just my own taste and opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Harekr (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2007 does not count
This is the Vintage 1 Pint, 6 oz. bottle. I bought it at A.J.ís on 67th Avenue in Glendale. The aroma reminds me of bread and apple butter or molasses. Nice amber color with minor sediment. The flavor is heavy and malty and just a tad bitter (not that bitter is a bad thing...) I would agree with some of the other reviewers who said it might need a little more cellar time. There is a strong grapefruit and lemony undertone. I also detected hints of chocolate. Surprising enough, this barleywine finishes rather sweetly (reminds me of Fresca). Not my favorite, but a fine barleywine nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
22oz bottle. Dark ruby/amber color with good lacing type head. Fruity aroma. Malty, mildly fruity hoppy caramel taste. Thick and chewy with smooth bitter/sweet finish. Not really that complex, just a good straight ahead barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2007
22oz bottle labeled 2nd Anniversary ale - Pours a very cloudy medium brown color with smallish light tan head. Aroma is very malty, fair amount of burnt caramel, mild herbal hops, faint tobacco and ash. Flavor is malty, lots of caramel, touch of apircot, orange, herbal hops, bit metallic. Finish has a stiff bitterness but is balanced. Overall, itís a bit harsh and discordant, not very polished. Average at best. Would not seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Slightly hazy and viscous dark red pour with chestnut brown hues. A thick and creamy head is very slow to recede, eventually leaving a near solid sheet of light beige lacing. It doesnít last. Hops, juicy as hell, greet me first in the aroma. Scents of orange, grapefruit, dates and papaya. The malt backbone seems full, hopefully it can tame some of these hops. Flavor is of creamy, toasty caramel malt. Hops that ruled in the aroma are now somewhat balanced by the hefty malt bill. This is very hot but is relatively balanced for being so young and aggressively hopped. Palate is smooth but thinner than expected, or desired for that matter. A pepper note accompanies a medium length finish that is very resiny and exceedingly dry. A well done barleywine if not a little too garden-variety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3458) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Thanks to Illinismitty for sharing this one at the Nashville Tasting. This pours clear, dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights. One- dimensional caramel aroma. The flavor balance is perhaps overly bitter, suggesting perhaps some needed cellar time for this one. Decent, but this needs some complexity to round it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1167) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
strong citrus rising above the caramel, almost a lemony note underneath the grapefruit rind. mixed in with the hops some alcohol but not much malt peeking through. srong head for a bareley wine, some color like a blushing orange, silky in the mouth with nice carbonation. Overall a little harsh, not fully blended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2007
I love the barleywine molassses aroma. An excellent beer, with some nice flavors and hops throughout. Donít really get the toffee, but I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Original vintage bomber shared by SuIIy on 1/6/06. Didnít write down the bottle number.
A dirty beige head, flecked with dark ivory, rises up to two fingers in height. Medium-mahogany to chestnut brown body still shows plentiful carbonation and dull chartreuse tints. The head shows moderate retention and produces very sticky lacing all about the glass. Medium clarity.
Rich brown bread-like maltiness is immediately matched with light prune and date-like notes. Strong base malt sugars add a creamy sweetness in the background, as well. A bit of alcohol warmth emerges in the middle, beginning to dry the aroma out, while dry chocolate and crunchy, coffeeish roast continues the trend. The finish is dotted with more of the prune and date notes, perhaps adding a bit juicier raisin-like note as well as some buttertoffee. No trace of hop aromatics due in part to the age, but it dosent seem like this was ever overly aromatic (but thereís plenty of pine and citrus bitterness). Curiously, with warming, a very distinct yeast note emerges on the finish. Not sure what it is, but Iíve smelled it before. Itís plasticy/rubbery and dry, but dosent seem unpleasant. Rather it mixes with the malts to give almost a cola-like note. Perhaps itís autolysis, but itís rather clean and well behaved, if so. Aroma strength is medium to medium-high, though the complexities/subtleties far outmatch the sheer strength.
Sweet at first, with caramel and base malts mixing with the darker roasted malts to produce sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Light hints of alcohol produce a Spanish coffee-like note that balances the sweetness and adds some life to this vintage sipper. Plenty of raisins, prunes and dates, with strong vanilla-like sweetness continue the English feel to it. It dries out heavily on the finish, however, with crusty, bare, dark malts and a hard brown breadiness that dulls the previous fruitiness. Bit of alcohol heat comes on with warming, and the malts get a little edgier.
Great presentation of flavors, but unfortunately, the body suffers from a noticeable amount of thinness. Not caused by age or carbonation, but just seemingly not enough unfermentables to really give the richness and bravado of some of the better English barleywines. The carbonation is appropriate (medium-light, not sharp) and the texture is reasonable (smooth and oily), but the thinness is at odds with the nature of this beer. While it allows for more drinkability, barleywines are by no means intended to be a quick quaffer, nor do the flavors here allow it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Rich dark caramel color with a tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma with caramel. Big grapefruit flavor with caramel, some fruitiness and alcohol. Some roastiness underneath. Lingering grapefruit and pine. Lots of hops - only difference between this and standard IIPA is that the aroma isnít as strong here.

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