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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6035) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours dark brown/black with a reddish tint. Aroma of dark dried fruits, prominent molasses, and roasted / burnt caramel. Flavour of toffee, caramel, molasses with the roastiness and burnt flavours lingering. Excellent barley wine.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2004 bottle sampled August 2010. This barleywine has definitely lost itís mojo. I would expect a 6 year old 9% ABV barleywine to hold up a bit better. Taste is decent but itís flat flat flat. Barely any head mostly because I dumped the whole bottle in a glass. Caramel syrup, banana and roasty malt flavors. If you have any 2006 in your cellar, drink it now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
2007 bottle, via trade with scrizz, pecan shell brown pour with thin foam ring, fruit and maple syrup aroma, flavors of maple syrup, leathery, oak, sweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1583) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Many vintages have been sampled. A tasty beverage, and a great BW for something year round. Aged and mellow itís quite nice as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Rudyardís Rare Barleywine Style Ale--Special Limited Edition Release. December 2000--Signed 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Hazy mild sediment dark brown color. Spicy malty mellow hop front. Smooth rich mellow sweet toasted caramel fruit ester body. Tangy malty clean mild hot EtOH hop citrus end. Good. Sampled 3/31/2005. December 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Purchased 12/19/2001. Mild head. Slightly bottle conditioned hazy brown red color. Malty smooth floral hop front. Smooth mellow malty toasted toffee caramel sweet fruit body. Malty smooth mild hot EtOH hop end. Sampled 4/4/2005. 2002 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy dark brown red color. Smoky mild toasted malt floral hop front. Clean smooth mellow sweet toasted smoky toffee mild fruit body. Cloying creamy crusty mild EtOH hop end. Mellow. Sampled 4/2/2005. 2004 Signed 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy bottle conditioned dark opaque red brown color. Floral toasted fruit mild hop front. Rich Smooth complex mild creamy sweet toasted toffee ester fruit malty body. Spicy mellow hop nutmeg malt spice end. Sampled 12/25/2004. December 2005 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear rich dark amber color. Rich malty floral hop front. Creamy rich malty toasted mild sweet hot caramel toffee body. Tangy mild hot hop EtOH end. Rich & hoppy.Imperial Red Ale. Not too malty. Sampled 2/14/2006. December 2006 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (3.75 / 5.0) No sediment. Thin mild lace head. Cloudy opaque dark amber brown color. Mild toasted fruit hop front. Tangy creamy sweet tart toasted citrus caramel body. Tangy EtOH mild hop end. Mellow sweet Barley Wine. Sampled 5/22/2007. December 2007 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white tan head. Sediment hint. Clear dark bronze red color. Smoky toasted fig toffee plum hop front. Smooth hint of creamy mellow sweet rich toffee cheery raisin body. Mild hop roasted crusty toffee malt spice end. Smoky hints. Nicer than I remember. Sampled 8/4/2008. 3 @ $2.29 Each.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2010
2007 bottle from Scrizzz. Consumed 4/14/2010 Thanks, Clint! Aroma is dates, brown sugar, oxidation, sweet caramel/honey.There is also a slight medicinal aroma to the beer, and possibly some fruit. Nice. Pours a dense, deep brown with little/no head. Taste is initially very similar to the aromatics. Sweet, brown sugar, oxidation, and a medicinal honey/caramel, but the back end is loaded with toasted biscuit, and bitter, earthy hops. The hops are almost a distraction as they are strictly bittering, and add no aromatic qualities- at least to my perception. Finishes sweet, but also bitter and slightly toasted. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2010
Dark, thin head. Really interesting, intriguing aroma. Flavor is more ordinary, malty with bitterness. A bit of a mixed bag.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Cloudy brown pour with a medium tan head. Caramel malt flavor with hops and some grainy sweetness. Grainy malt flavor with caramel character before a semi-bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours a dark brown color that has an amber hue. Medium light beige head that burns away steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with some caramel and malt notes. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has caramel malt and notes of fruit behind it. The finish is rather hoppy for an English-style Barley Wine and leaves a toasted malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle, 2010 @ Haleís Ales. Man, I donít know why I keep falling for these guys. Every beer Iíve ever tried from them has tasted bland and watered down. This "barleywine" is no exception. Tastes slightly maltier than their other ales, which is the only thing that distinguishes it from the rest of their line-up. I wish Haleís was better because itís four blocks from my house, but I guess it just isnít.


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