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RATINGS: 977   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19387) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle... DLD06... Lightly hazy, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is perfumey, nutty and fruity. The medium bitter flavor is of both dark and fuzzy fruit, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Full-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Sampled at the Dark Lord/Hampton Inn tasting 06. Pours very dark mahogany. Damn near opaque. Nice lasting khaki head. Big time malt aroma with some floral hops. Some cherryish flavor, but mostly just a booze bomb. There is some nice bitterness. Sturdy, full bodied. Middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle nr. 3530. Redish colour with a big beige head. Malty, fruity, pinetree hoppy aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet hop finish.

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