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RATINGS: 951   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 22oz bottle courtesy of sick_boy282 (thanks Alex): Brown colored body, showing amber/ruby highlights when held to light, with a small beige head that dissapates to a small ring with nice lacing. Aroma: MartinT is spot on when he says grapefruit sorbet - thatís exactly the aroma Iím getting. Sweet grapefruit, fresh hops without being assertive, hints of wet tobacco, red grapes, mild caramel, mild fruit cake, and a very subtle hint of chocolate cake. Taste: more sweet & malty than I expected from the aroma. Flavors of bitter citrus/pine/grapefruit blend with soap & chocolate malty flavors. Then it opens up to orange zest, figs, fruit cake, caramel, peppery alcohol, young plant leaf, earth, and floral spice. Finishes with bitter pine and floral hops, a hint of grain, and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. The hops are still pretty dominant, this seems like it would age very well. Re rate Green Flash tasting @ RFDís: Aroma shows plum, pear, very fruity, caramel, grapefruit through itís sweet, figs, and prunes. Taste is apples, figs, chocolate, caramel, prunes, chocolate cake, bitter bakers chocolate, the hops seem to have faded quite a lot after just 2 years. 7/4/8/4/16.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 The Lure:
Bright floral hops float and hang on to the splendid foam and lacing. Grapefruit sorbet roams amidst the caramel, as earthy wet tobacco provides even more comfort. Wooden dryness, citrus fruit and rosewater/lavender liveliness complete this moment in delicious ecstacy.

The Festivities:
Sweet, earthy, plump berries live peacefully, yet not closely, with the resinous hop bitterness. Floral spiciness and deep malty sweetness satisfy and surprise. Flavors arenít that well-blended so far, but each side of the flavor profile is presented with talent. Lots of potential.

Exotic decadence somehow is a little more attractive to me than standard decadence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Great sweet, caramel, vanilla nose with a hint of grape. It has a very dark red-brown color with a good white head that retains throughout the experience. Flavor has caramel, fig, dried fruit. Aftertaste has a grainy texture to it that hints at a bit of chocolate. Finish has some alcohol to it. Palate is just a little watery. Way way better than the 1st anniversary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Bomber thanks to SDbruboy. Clear chestnut colored body under a medium sized tan head that faired well. Hoppy nose, piney, a touch soapy? Med/full body. Floral hop flavors, perfumy. Medium sweet malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate, light earthy notes as well. Finish is lightly sweet. Just something about it though? Did,nt grab me. Thanks Cliff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
The aroma was malty sweetness, a slight citrus, and carmael notes. The flavor was malty sweet, slight citrus, and pine notes. This beer was hoppy and kinda grapefruity. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and medium lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Pulled out of the fridge at the Hampton Inn. Eye like Idrinkale :) Barleywine Schmarleywine. American Strong to Double IPA at this point. Pineapple, flowers, a lot going on with the aroma here. Flavor is hops, hops, hops with moderate alcohol presence and sweet caramel. Honestly one of the better beers in an amazing evening of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2005
22 oz bottle (courtesy of DarkElf). Hazy dark red color with a rich, hoppy nose and tons of lacing. Taste is malty at first a but subtle then almost out of nowhere, the ripe, chewy hops jump you from around a blind corner. I really enjoyed this stuff thoroughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6392) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Thanks Mike for opening the bottle, this was the surprise for me of the night: Ruby hued with a long lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple, grassy and floral hops, hint of dry oak and earthy esters. The taste got a big WOW! Big fruity front end with minor bittersweet chocolate characteristics. A note of spice and pine upon the finish and even a bit of the oak showed up as well. The feel is sticky and lush with a sharp finish. This is a winner, I really found myself digging it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pours a dark amber color. Small white head. Aroma is funky malt, lots of apples. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, and piney hops. Interesting. Thanks to one of the "hampton inn" crew for sharing this one.

   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.

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