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RATINGS: 901   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours a dark brownish ruby red color with a finger and a half dark tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves a thick ring of lacing. Smells of lots of carmel and toffee, lots of bready notes from the malt, raisin, some brown sugar, a little dankness from the hops, as well as some grapefruit and pine. Thought there would be more hops on the nose. Taste starts with some resinous hop qualities such as grapefruit, pine, and orange rind. Then in the middle the hop qualities take a back seat to the malts. Lots of carmel, toffee, breadiness, some molasses or brown sugar. Then the finish is more of the heavy malt presence: lots of sweetness and breadiness, as well as raisin, but more of the resinous hops show through as well. More complex hops flavors show through on the end such as floral, grass, and resin. Some booze on the finish that provides a warming sensation on the way down. Tastes very much like Bells This One Goes to 11 when it warms, as the hops show through much more. A pretty full body with a thick, creamy, and oily mouthfeel. Have had better American barleywines, but still decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esox (973) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
2012 vintage. Deep amber color, creamy tan head. Aroma is full of dried apricots, papaya, floral and slightly herbal hop notes and creamy caramel, almost vanilla-like. Slight milk chocolate notes. Sweet, heavily malty body, round caramel texture. Finishes resiny bitter, but well balanced. Medium to full body, slightly oily texture. Really nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewji (3) - - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
On first pour, it glows with a rich, reddish amber colour, and a lacy white head top. I sniffed this beer like some people sniff flowers (I unfortunately am allergic to pollen). I took in a lot of deep malty scents, and hops, and...that’s about it. But not in a bad way, this brew smelled righteous, knowing ahead of time that something big was going to happen. It’s like a referee calling a penalty shot in overtime, going in for the big sip was the shot, and the overall taste determined whether or not the deke attempt worked. Taking the first sip, I expected a train wreck of malty hops. However, I was greeted by a strong, pleasant malty tone, followed by a nice transition into an intense malty flavour, and a crisp, clean after taste. I was so impressed by the after taste, the clean-ish feeling that I got, that it made me want more. This is finally a brew over 10% that will leave you wanting more! Imagine Datsyuk with a highlight reel goal on a breakaway...naturally you’d want more (so long as he’s not scoring on your team). The first, middle, and end tastes are phenomenal. There are no complaints, as everything flows together, while still leaving a memorable taste that would definitely make me want to order this again. If you (or your friends) are new to barleywines, this is a definite first step into the world of 10%+ beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jflopsu (440) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a rust orange. Has a strong sweet malt and caramel aroma. Taste is sweet malt, heavy caramel, toffee, and sweet dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (5705) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichoranges Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß malzig, Karamell, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig fruchtig, wärmend, Karamell, alkoholisch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2544) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2013 Bottle, enjoyed Feb ’14. Bright auburn pour with nice depth. A thick finger of creamy beige head and light lacing. Nose is sweet and sturdy. Caramel, florals, toffee, and faint chocolate. Similar in the taste, but more emphasis on the floral hops. Rich and decadent, but without the overt sweetness sometimes used to add weight. I guess what I’m trying to say is the focus on hops and caramel malts is well executed and fully appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bomber->snifter. Deep orange-amber with small tan head. Dusty hops, lite caramel malt, grains. Bittersweet, more bitter than sweet. Pine hops, earth tones, caramel malt, cardboard. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours dark amber with light tan foamy head. Smells of light hops. Tastes of grass, hops, bitter and pine. Has a lasting bitter and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (987) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2014
Fin duft av druer. Fin rødbrun farge. Hengende skum langs kant. Fin frisk smak av druer med en litt syrlig ettersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle from Benz. Dark, hazy amber beer, thick orange head. Very strong, alcoholic nose.The flavor has lots of malt, and lots of grassy and hay hops. Bitter finish with a good dose of alcohol warmth. Closer to double IPA than barleywine, some rough edges but a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. 2012 vintage. Pours dark copper brown with a frothy beige head that leaves lots of sticky trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and tiny earthy with caramel, sweet dark bread, resinous wood, moist grass, alcohol, toffee, pine needles, grapefruit rinds, orange peal, moist soil and hints of dark honey. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, herbal and earthy with sweet dark bread, caramel, prominent alcohol, toffee, citrus peal and zest, golden syrup, dark honey, pine needles, freshly cut grass, resin, burnt sugar and soil. Mouthfeel is round, tiny sticky sweet, oily bitter, boozy, astringent and near full bodied. Finish is heavy bitter and earthy with sweet dark bread, caramel, alcohol, grapefruit rinds, pine needles, resinous wood and soil. A punch in the face that makes you want to turn the other cheek.

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