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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1525) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours a red/orange color with a thin white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma with a hint of pine hops in the back of your nose. Moderately heavy palate with a warming sensation. Low, low carbonation. Almost nonexistent. Sweet caramel flavor backed by pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is present in every sip. Pretty good, although a little less than I expectd. Triticus was better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aged 2 years (2010 vintage): The very first thing I noticed about this beer was how well the aroma survived over the period of two years. Its sweetness was noticeable from the mouth of the bottle even before I poured it. Once itís in the glass, itís color is a soft, dark orange and its head is off-white, still well-formed after aging. Carbonation is still present, but light and still enough to liven up this (no doubt) sweet and alcoholic brew. Its aroma is very nice. The sweetness of crystal malts, light alcohol, and floral, earthy hops dominate the nose, and has held up to the years pretty well. Itís smooth and just a little mellow - thereís no doubt this beer could easily survive at least four years in the cellar before dropping off a cliff. In the mouth, itís less sweet and more mellow, with alcohol taking the stage - so much so that it almost feels like a liquor in the mouth. Donít let me fool you, though, itís still a sweet, tasty brew. At finish, thereís a sensation in the throat thatís almost unpleasant, leading to a dry, fruity white wine-like lingering flavor in the cheeks - but with an odd bitterness. Iím not sure if additional aging would help this phenomenon, but Iíd be willing to find out. Overall, it has a tease of classy smoothness, but still has some awkwardness to it - and I canít tell if under or over-aging is to blame. Still, a heck of a good beer and much better aged than straight off the shelves.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some small amount of lacing on the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is quite malty and slightly sweet with a small amount of hops. Flavor is also a little sweet, but the hop bitterness does almost balance that out. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and not really a part of the flavor profile. Does produce some tummy warming though. A reasonably good BW...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Sinister scents of medicinal booze-soaked fruit and breads. Deep amber orange. Some suspension - guess the age at two years. Taste is semisweet chalk and alcohol burn. Heavy syrupy stuff here. Had this at a now closed joint in NH for the first time two years ago, for $3. Costs at least that in the store down this way.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Translucent dark copper, part dense and part bubbly beige head, both creamy and resinous full body, medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: caramel sweet roasted malt, bready yeast, silage, and leafy hops.

Taste: silage, leafy hops, alcohol, bready yeast, sweet roasty malt, and a bit of carbonic acid.

Really needs to be cellared for a year or two, then would probably be really nice. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but are young and slightly harsh, and not really getting along yet. To analogize, a bunch of great players but no teamwork yet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Glowing Port like pour with a thin fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is alcohol, lady fingers, some fig, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of alcohol harshness on the tongue. Flavor is very young, boozy barleywine with brown sugar, raisin and fig. Despite the booziness, this is actually very easy to drink. Showing great potential.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
12oz bottle, backyard birthday style porno poor
Appearance - Clean amber, silky lacing
Aroma - Honey, hops, sweet oranges
Taste - Cherries, dried oranges, nutty, toffee, bitter hops

This beer was heavy as hell and fun to drink. Aggressively complex with surprisingly well hidden alcohol attributes. This one will only get smoother as it ages.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1230) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Thanks for giving me this one, Harold. Nose is big alcohol, some vanilla and caramel/toffee and a touch of citrusy hops. Pour is brown with a short lived head. Taste is heavily alcoholic, some big caramel, sweet. Very warming. Fun to drink. Not bad, just too hot.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle, poured a copper red color with smaller head that dissipated a bit. Aroma is malt,hop, dark fruit, candy flavored. Med-lite sweetness and bitterness. Malty backbone with a bit of bitterness finish. Not bad, but there is better barley wines out there for sure.


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