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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
this one i had on xmas eve. poured dark brown haze with a tan subtle head. nose of sweet flax seed and malty. mouth pushes most of the same feel with a harsh fullness of back bone bitter and alcholness. really big and young. needs to sit for a while to mellow to what could be pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Dark Brown Coloring with Tan Head. Sweet Malt Aroma. Sugary Taste...with Wet and Dry Hops. Malty Background, but Hops Rule and Alcohol Keeps You Warm with No Reservations. Different Take on a Barley Wine but Nice in Either Case. Overall the Hops Create a Course Dry Taste but Syrupy Malt Keeps Things Fairly Balanced. Nice Aggressive Winter Warmer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark brown color with a thin head. Sweet malty nose with a little sugar to it. Oddly enough, the taste switches to slightly bitter, coupled with some nice coffee notes. Kind of an odd barley wine, but definitely enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle: Blackened caramel, plum highlights, moderate tan colored head, foamy, nice lacing.   Rich malty nose, strong biscuit, a touch of apple or pear skin.   Fairly sweet malty start, quite biscuity, even a little bit of soy.   Slight hop bite on first sip, lingers well after.   Noticeable metallic finish, very tin like.   Body is fairly robust, mouthfeel isn’t as viscous as I would have liked.   Needs to be sweeter and more citrusy, especially on the finish.   Too malt oriented with a bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hopping.   Thanks Stephen for the bottles!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Very good. Very malty, slightly metallic with traces of hops left behind. Has a tinge of lemon zest. Nice mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Poured a slightly hazed mahogany color. Malty aroma with some fruitiness and a touch of soap. Caramel and fruity flavors with a moderately bitter finish. A good bit of warmth from the alcohol. 7,4,7,4,15,3.7

GABF 2006:Slightly hazy brown color with a medium sized beige head. Fresh hoppy pellet aroma of pine with a sweet fruity malt base. More sweet fruity malt in the flavor. The flavor is fairly thick. Big bitterness and hop finish. Warming in the throat. Bigger hop presence this time bings the score up.

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
A very one sided BW. Very heavily malted flavors- oh, this is there second anniversary? Goes to figure- this is a very pedesetrian offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark mahogany with only film. Aroma has huge caramel and toffee up front with some piney resin in the background. Flavor much the same, very sweet caramel malt up front, with lots of piney hops as it warms. Has a burnt grain/smokiness in the finish. Very weell done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2005
22oz bottle from fordest and darkelf. Pours a dark brown/amber color. Nose is chocolaty and malty. Taste is a very sweet caramel chocolalte flavor. Finishes with some light bitterness and a caramel aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled. murky brown color. malty nose with tons of hops stillevident. Also has a detracting menthol note to it. Flavor is malty and chocolaty but somewhat thin in flavor.


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