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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Finally bottled in a special release, Hale’s Barleywine is in the English mold, featuring strong malt flavors and an understated hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
2010 vintage. Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Surprising considering the style and ABV. Earthy, leathery malt aroma with spicy hops, sweet alcohol and subtle dark fruit notes. Surprising hop presence with some grass and resinous pine followed by alcohol, leathery malt, caramel, toffee, plum and fig. On the fuller end of medium bodied with a spicy hop bite that lingers over the earthy, leathery malt and sweet booze into a hot, bone dry finish. Again, it’s surprisingly hop forward with lots of dry, earthy bitterness and resinous pine flavor dominating until the malts and booze come in on the back end. The leathery malts compliments the earthy hops but it could use a bit more sweetness. There’s some caramel and toffee but the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are barely noticeable. Some boozy heat in the finish that provides some nice warmth, but overall the high ABV is decently masked. Not very complex but still a flavorful sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strilo (63) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2012
A well made and nicely balanced barley wine. It is beautifully colored, has a nice off white head and just the right amount of fizz. As promised, it does have a nice malty backbone and a hops finish. The hops flavor is a bit much in my opinion. I wish it was toned down just slightly, as I am not a fan of hoppy beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5525) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
355ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a small white head that leaves only a tiny trace of lace on the glass. Aroma is grainy malts with hints of caramel and alcohol and light fruits. Taste is big on the malty sweetness with some fruits and a very mild hop bitterness. Overall, a very sweet malty barley wine, definitely English style. Good brew, but a slow sipper due to the sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (24928) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Bottled@PBF2012. Deep amber colour, beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol and some mild wooden notes. Flavour is quite similar, sweet, but not too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15940) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Bottled 12fl oz (PBF, vintage 2011)
Dark nut brown-amber color, small steady beige head. Toffeish, barley malty aroma. Full-bodied, Nutty, ryeish, lots of barley and alcohol. Quite typical robust malty American barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (3271) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Had this one for a long time on the "Night Cap" shelf but it was a pleasant surprise. Nicely dry and malty where I expected big and syrupy sweet. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle thanks to beerlando, sweet malty aroma. Very light flavors. Some rig Malts but none of that dense Malts that you usually get in barleywines. This one is pretty drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2011 Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany color with lots of active carbonation and a solid inch of creamy tan head. The aroma serves up an array of caramel, date, raisin, black cherry, and alcohol notes. The taste is also heavy on the dark fruits and malt with lots of brown sugar, fig, pear, red wine and rum flavors. It’s surprisingly tart and acidic for a Barley Wine and there’s also a little bit of a doughy bread flavor going on from the yeast. Not bad but could probably use some age on it to mellow out the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8761) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2011
12 oz. bottle Dec. 2002 vintage via a trade at least 2 years ago (cletus?). Pours a deep reddish brown color with no head at all. The aroma is all sweet caramel malt, toffee, dark ripe fruits, hints of brown sugar and and slight touches of musty basement. The flavor has some sherry, caramelized malts, ripe fruits and slight cardboard notes. The oxidation is apparent, but this has held up pretty well. The body has suffered the most with this being more watery than I would have expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2279) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2011
12 oz bottle from "Lifesource".Salem. $2.95 LOvelly beer to look at.. hazy( morelike pea-souper) dark brown ale..with a gorgeous rocky,thick,creamy light tan head..im in love with the looks. Great malty aromas..caramel,treacle,fresh whole wheat bread. Thisk malty brew to drink..sour malt, unusual and throws many off..but its the same kinda sour if you ever had Monkman’s Slaughter..i like!! Great smooth/thick mouthfeel. I definatlly like this brew..an aquired taste, but delicious stuff.

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