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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. I had this right after it was released and didnít take notes but remember it being much hoppier. Remember enjoying it a lot. Hops have mellowed into a very drinkable BW w/ a malty flavor w/ a hint of hops. Possibly a little watered down. Past itís prime?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bomber shared with gputty. Hazy brown with a yellowy head. Nose is nutty chocolate and pine. Walnut flavor, with coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly bitter finish. Liked it quite a bit - not your average BW.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 From bomber. Pours a dark amber with tan head. Caramel malt nose and slightly fruity. Roasted caramel flavor with a medium bitter finish. Thanks to fordest for this one. Picked up a fresh one of these, and wow, what a difference! Huge pine hopped nose with citrus underneath. All that malt is still there, but fighting just to be known against all the hops. Fantastic when fresh and a good one to age. Original rating 8-4-7-3-16=3.8

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
22oz bottle #197 of 6000 via trade with Enniskillen - Thanks Chris! - Pours dark hazy brown with a big creamy tan head that stayed very well and laces in layers. Aromas of large citrus and pine hops over sweet caramel malts. Lots of c-hops in this one but amazing balance with the caramel and roasted malts beneath. Very creamy on the palate for a barleywine and the alcohol is completely covered. I actually though that this was an IIPA. This is a very good brew. Straight forward and nothing over the top in complexity but oh so tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
On tap at The Liarís Club. This dark amber brew is solid example of the North American style. Big caramel malts that balance the giant hop profile but do not overpower it. Alcohol is noticable but not unpleasant. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Big hoppy So-Cal-type barley wine. Strong pine and grapefruit nose. Caramel roastiness pinning the hop excess down somewhat. The alcohol is just way over-the-top, especially as it warms. Thatís all I could taste after a while. Fairly simple straightforward drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Dark brown with a ruby hint on the outer edges. Full lid of tan bubbles with a full sheet of lace. Full PNW with pine and citrus, mild caramel in the background. Burnt caramel flavor with a full acidic hops kick. Fairly simple, in a strong way. Drinkable in the front, but there is a real assertiveness that is a touch too much. This a brew that has aged well, and could actually use more age.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014
2014-10-19, bottle, vintage 2009, 5 years old, 7-3-7-4-14=35
Strangely the look is murky; creamy head. Malt aroma, a bit dusty. Full bodied, with strong malt flavor, but also dusty, and the liquorice level is increasing; warming alcohol; still quite bitter, resiny, with hints of bitter orange.
Too old.

2011-07-06, bottle, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful dark amber color; medium sized creamy head. The deep malt aroma start having an intriguing phenolic vein. Although still powerful, the body seems to get thinner, which may improve the drinkability; there is a quite strong flavor of caramel with a side of roasted nuts; the sweetness is moderate; there may be some indirect signs of age, but not much oxidisation; quite strong bitterness, although the hop character is somehow lost; the final also portrays some roasted nuts.
Still very enjoyable, well balanced instead of the bomb it used to be; probably easier to drink so.

2008-02-20, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Beautiful hazy red dark amber color, with a creamy head. Nutty and sweet caramel dominates this beer; the aroma has also a resiny hop and traces of phenol and bitter almonds. Itís full bodied, sweet and extremely bitter, with rhubarb candies, evident resins and bitter almonds. Very long final, satisfying every desire for malt and hop.
Out of my memory, I associate it to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Overall is powerful and well balanced, the kind of beer that I need.

2006-04-30, as 2nd Anniversary Ale, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Hazy dark brown color; creamy head. Malty aroma, some aromatic hop, light fruits, light phenol, light pine needles. Strongest malt taste, sweet caramel, strong hoppiness with some resins and light grapefruit. Not really elegant, but very good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a clear orangey brown with a creamy, yellowish head. Very caramellish nose. Full-bodied with lots of caramel and a vague burned edge. Pehaps a note of vanilla. Marked bitter finish, but itís a somewhat blurred, not distinct and crisp, hop profile. 220406

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
65 cl bottle. Reddish dark amber colour with a weak head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and sweet alcohol too. Very tasty flavour of heavy malt, caramel and with quite much hops at the end. Very nice endeed.


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