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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our interpretation of this English style ale is deep garnet red in color with a distinct malt backbone balanced by a unique blend of hops. Cheers!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber color with a finger of off-white head. S: A decent hop character to the nose. Mostly floral with some pine notes to it, but not really any citrus to it. A light note of booze, but it goes away soon. Lots of toffee and a bit of brown sugar. T: The flavor is actually quite good. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar malt notes with a hint of chocolate on the back end. Piney hops give it a nice bitterness and there is a small amount of citrus peel. M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation. O: Maybe itís all the trash beers Iíve had lately, but I thought this was pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle courtesy of the good Sir Drew. Served in a snifter. Pours a bright, clear reddish-amber color with a very thin off-white head that quickly recedes to a half-cap with a thin collar of bubbles. The nose brings some light cherry and other fruits. Flavor is moderately-sweet with some bread and light brown sugar plus a light amount of caramel. Malt dominates, though itís not too integrated. Alcohol is impressively integrated. Medium body and average carbonation for the style. Pretty good. Serving type: bottle

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2011
on tap-pours a light tan head that laces and dark amber color. Aroma is medium fruit, citrus/pine. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, spice hops, medium/dark fruit-plum, sugary, some licorice. Good effervescence. Opens up nicely as it warms to cellar temperature.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
THOUGHTS: A very nice barley wine that hid its bit ABV fairly well. I donít understand all the lower scores. The alcohol built up as it warmed, but never became harsh. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber-red with an average; off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy grain, cereal, toasted malt, molasses, caramel and candy; light to moderate resin, pine and peachy hops; raisin; prune; apple; cherry; brown sugar; a little maple syrup; alcohol; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was rather to heavily sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily to almost harshly sweet and moderate to rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, earthy and herbal hops, pine hops, peach, apple, cherry, grain, some resinous hops and hints of chocolate. The medium to full body was fairly oily and then a little dry with fairly soft, yet tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Pours a red orange with bright orange highlights and a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raw dough, cough medicine, soap, floral hops and a slight pine background. Tastes pretty similar with a mix of caramel toffee, earthy bitterness, slight white chocolate, soapy hops and medicine. Finishes with an "American" amount of bitterness. With an earthy and soapy aftertaste. This could be a decent beer, but the hops come off so damn chemically itís distracting! Medium bodied for the style, heavy otherwise, with an over-filtered texture. At least itís a good price.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (786) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2011
Poured with a copper color and a tan, lacing head. Caramel, apple, cinnamon, fruits, honey in the aroma. Sweet start in a medium dense and carbonated body. Decent hoppy finish. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2405) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 30, 2011
12 oz. bottle.
Poured hazy deep mahagony with a moderate tan head. Fruity aroma of malt, honey and caramel, some candy, spicy vanilla. Oily texture, alcool in the flavor with malt and caramel, fruity raisins and honey again with a bit of oxidation. Hops bitterness in the finish with grapefruit, hghhraphe, tuttifrutti.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first third of the glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of malt and caramel. The flavor is rich and malt with both malt and caramel present. A bit of oxidation is noted in the flavor as well, which should not be there, especially in a 10% barley wine. Mild hops bitterness at the finish. Nearly full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3736) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Pours a clear very dark amber with decent khaki head. Sweet caramel and alcohol, with some dark cherrywood accents. Fairly tasty, but could use some age.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, fiery copper hue, thin to moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Sweet bready nose, slightly bananaish, touch of band-aid albeit its minor.   Almost a sweetish cherry or fruity cough syrup.   Citrusy, a little band-aid and plastic like on the back.   Smooth mouthfeel, moderate body.   Sweet finish, makes up for the band-aid and slight plastic.   Still was enjoyable.   Thanks Keith!



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