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RATINGS: 98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2891) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2012
The aroma is caramel, toffee, fruit. The appearance is deep red/brown, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is caramel, fruit, floral hops. The finish is floral hops, light sweetness. Medium in body, very slightly thick, oily mouthfeel. The floral hops donít appear until the you taste the beer, but make their presence known thereafter. Pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with rich beige head. Aroma of strong malt, notes of honey and strong fruity esters with a touch of alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same and sweet with fussel notes, candy sugar, pepper and strong bitter finish. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Picked this up yesterday in a 12oz bottle at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor VT. Enjoyed at 60 F in a Snifter. Deep brownish amber with 3 finger tan head that fades to 1 finger with very decent lacing. Scent is ultra sweet. Smells just like a barleywine. Some hints of spices and honey. Taste slightly bitter with English and German hop profiles. Also a nice balance of sweetness, bitterness and solid malt backbone. some pineapple and peach tastes and some brown sugar. Medium carbonation, heavy body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
OK but I was expecting more. A hoppy aroma with a lot of rubbing alcohol starts this out. Looks good enough, amber with a small head. The taste is a bit sweet but dominated by bitter hops and the alcohol is a little bit too evident.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and fruit. Flavor was sweet and moderately bitter with caramel, fruit, toffee, brown sugar and alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2728) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Ruby red, thick off white head. Aroma: Sandalwood, malty, good amount of hops, super spicy, cloves, vanilla, lemon. Flavour: Spicy, alcohol, malt, slightly metallic, toasty, slightly medicinal, long bitter alcoholic finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle from Dr. Jekyllís. Orange pour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and slight fruit. Taste is buttery, very hot, and a little hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a reddish amber with a thin beige head. Nose is malty--lots of caramel and toffee, but also some cherry skins and dark fruits, sort of like some American quads. Some hops. Interesting. Taste is a bit boozy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2010 Vintage I tried this fresh and thought it was a bit hot so I held on to a couple of bottles to see how they developed. Pours a deep copper color with a decent off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of bready caramel and toffee with a bit of earth and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with bready caramel and toffee with a bit of ethanol to cut through the sweetness. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sticky mouthfeel. After two years the alcohol is still a bit hot, but that is the only thing providing any balance against a really sweet syrupy maltiness. OK barleywine, definitely a sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a three fingered cream head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Expecting a dark fruit nose but it is sweet malt. Color is crystal clear amber. Flavor is malty sweet with a good hop backbone. Some lingering hoppiness. High ABV is hidden. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH.


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