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RATINGS: 942   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pours a deep brown hue with a hint of red/amber when held up to a bright light. A very nice light tan head forms with wonderful lacing. Aromas of grapefruits and tangerines, with hints of oak and pine. A little spice eminates as it warms. Flavors of coffee, with a lingerind, thick mouthfeel and finish. More flavors of a light soy sauce and a hint of sourness that ruins the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Bottle # 2525/6000 First off my mouth is watering at the very sight and aroma given off. The nose is hoppy and has some citrus aroma along with some malt hiding in there as well. A big flavored beer that has many things giving it its own personality from other barley wines. Starts off with some hop and citrus of grapefruit, then i noticed the caramel and malt in the background with some notes of sugar sweetness perhaps brown sugar. A beautiful mahogany with thick brownish tint and haze occurring while a semi thin head will remain on top through out the drink. Update: A gave it a couple more points from when i first rated it because this beer leaves a big impression on memory. I hop i can wait longer than 2 months before i pull another out of my cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours an opaque ruby amber. Off white head, nice lingering. Cascade hop aromatics, evidence of large malt content as well. Fairly chewy palate, crisper at the finish due to alcohol. Intense Cascade-type fruity bitterness in the nose, medium heavy body with nice flavors from malt and other sugers, possibly maple syrup or honey. Highly alcoholic finish accentuated by residual hop bitterness. Has excellent potential from examination of the initial flavors, despite lack of high integration that only aging will bring. I will put a few bottles down and re-rate in a year or two.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Nice Brwon color with a decent head. Sweet aroma that is also evident in the flavor with additions of hints of grapfruit. A mildly hoppy aftertaste and a great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2005
22 oz bottle. This one pours a rich chestnut color with a creamy beige head. I must say that it improved as it warmed - Iím rating it much higher at room temp than I would have between ífrig and cellar temp. Aroma is sweet and malty, cherries, molasses and a hint of cinnamon along with some bold hops and the alcohol evident. Flavor is sweet and spicy, a touch of maple, citrus hops and again very evident alcohol. Full thick body and very little carbonation. This is good as is and should be interesting as it ages as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
Bottle 1328/6000. Pours a dark ruby color. Head is a little dingy. Aroma is quite fruity and hoppy. Strong aroma. Flavor starts out a little subdued, followed by a dry malty flavor. As well as hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is present in the finish, but not too much. Overall I would say this is good but is not remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
This is a pretty good barley wine. It has a great dark amber color to it and a good balance of head and carbonation. Flavor is nice and malty with a solid hop finish. I think that barley wines are a hard style to really get right, and I think that this beer is about right for the style. There are only really minor tweaks (little less hop aftertaste) that could be made that would make this perfect. Great beer from a still young brewery! Canít wait to see what they are producing in the next few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle: Deep ruby color. Medium tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is rich and malt sweet with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is rich and sweet at the start with a hint of black cherry comming thru. It has a light tart bitterness and a kinda dry grapefruit rind finish. Palate is rich and smooth. 10% ABV well masked, but makes itís presence known.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
(Draft: Liarsí Club in San Diego, CA) Several months ago, I rated the 1st and 2nd Anniversary Ales side by side, but lost the notes, so now Iím doing a solo tasting of this beer. But I can definitely say this is a bolder, more intense beer than last yearís Anniversary Ale. Very flavorful, sweet, malty, and mildly roasty flavor is balanced by a strong bitterness and fresh tasting hoppiness. The nose is sweet, malty and hoppy. The bubbly, light tan head and deep ruddy brown color make for an attractive beer out of the tap. The head fades to a film with several large bubbles providing some contour to the head. Plenty of spiderweb lace is left on the glass. On the cusp between American Strong Ale and Double IPA. I like this a lot. I didnít think Green Flash had it in íem. Nicely done, guys! But between the strong flavor of this beer, and my spicy Cajon fries (which I had to eat after rating this beer, and they were cold by then), I wonít be able to taste anything for a few days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2004
pretty damn impressive looking. had a dirt brown thing goin on in tha color dept. kinda smelled like dirt and malts, like the dirt floor in the basement of a barn. I was pretty damn impressed at the body as it was full and malty and even nutty. very subtle for the amount of alcohol in it. i give it respect

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