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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Finally bottled in a special release, Hale's Barleywine is in the English mold, featuring strong malt flavors and an understated hop finish.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2004
02 Vintage: Dark brown/ruby color with a small sticky cloudy tan ring of head with an oily slick cap of lace. The aroma is loaded with alcohol blended with hops and lots of malt spice and brown sugar. The flavor is well balanced and smooth with more of the malts coming through. Finishes a little astringent and dry. Solid barleywine with good foundation of flavors and lack of complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
02 Vintage This was found in a small nook in a small wine, beer and cheese shop in Moscow, ID. Very dark mahogany with a head of large bubbles with small, spotty lacing. Large aromas of sweet malts, wine grapes, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. Mellow flavors comparitive to the nose. The sweet malts are still pretty prominent, followed by a strong grape presence, bitter hops come forth, leaving you with a touch of alcohol. Very dry palate, nice malty body, and a bitter alcohol finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Dec 2003 offering You know, this is quite good, but rating it against other Barleywines, it's okay. Pours a dark brown with no head but some lacing. Scent is mostly of dark fruits; cherries, apricots, dates and plums. On the plus side, the alcohol isn't over-powering Taste is also mainly of the darker fruits; dates, cherries and plums, but there is a hop presence. The alcohol is more apparent here. Mouthfeel has a nice bite and isn't as astringent as most. There's a faint but nice mineral sensation as well. Overall this is okay but far from great. It's a nice change from the other Barleywines out there, though, and worth trying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Earthy brown coloring, with a negligible head. Aroma, arousing, full of dark fruit and alcohol, sharp, sweet, nutty, malty. Taste: rich and tasty, very small hop appearance, thick with malt, candy, toffee, very complex, with the alcoholic sting rising up through each sip. Flavor never ends, gets deeper, revealing flavors of raisins and plums. Full-bodied, with a warm, fruity finish, this is a welcome take on the barleywine style, not what I'd expected, but quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Clear deep amber color with a beige colored foam ring around the glass and a sweet, acetate nose. Lots of fruit and vinous qualities but the finish is raw hops. It felt a little young to me and might be an excellent beer when it balances out a little better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 2002: Darker red/brown for a BW. Pretty tan,lasting head. Awesome English style,sticky/sweet malts aroma. Maybe some hop resins also. Full,round mouthfeel. Lots of bready malts,and toffee in the flavor.Malts are slightly fruity as well. Juicy hops in the finish.Excellent BW,Thank you Hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Very much the English Old ale! Color was cloudy and brownish red. Little head. Flavor was malty, sweet and slighty hoppy, I'd guess Fuggle or maybe Centennial. Nice barley. Good company, cheers Raindog!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Dec. 2002 bottle. Smells great, sugar, alcohol, vanilla, and molassis. Clear appearance, yet dark and complex looking. Taste starts with fruit and alcohol, and finishes with a dry, burnt taste that sticks to your mouth. Alcohol sting is a little much, but this beer is nothing to complain about. Wish I had the 2001 bottle like TAR!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2494) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Dec., 2001 bottling: Unfiltered translucent black cherry. Gorgeous custard-like caramel foam. Colossal nose of dried plums, cedar, leather, and chalky black malts. Bountiful alcohol esters charged with burnt sugar and crystal malt undertones. It’s fairly oxidized, which gives it that beautifully subtle depth. Sits softly on the palate. Scant carbonation. The earthy English hops are curtailed by the massive malt body, leaving in its wake notes of cotton and sticky, grainy sugar. Persistent plummy finish alongside resilient chalky black malts. Resounding echoes of plum, wax, leather, maple, and matchstick. Pale malt husks make a very late appearance, lending some softness that plays so well off the firm, musty black malts. The hops are no longer a factor as this has melded into a voluptuous malt mammoth. Very much British.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
I moved to seattle a little late to find this guy on tap. Unfortunately it seems they took the conservative route. Decent brew, very mild.


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