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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Sweet Evil BBW is fermented with both British and Belgian yeasts to create a memorable smoothness for this Belgian-style barley wine-style ale. Sweet malt flavors will become smoother and rich dark fruit characters will build with time to add a wonderful complexity and depth of flavor


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2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe. A: Pours dark amber color with a thin light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. No lace is left behind. S: Very sweet. Sugar glazed prunes are right up front. Caramel with a burnt sugar bitterness. A little booze with a sweet, fruity yeast component as well. T: Wow, this is like drinking sugar dipped sugar, which is glazed in sugar. It’s got an intense saccharine flavor with dark fruity flavor. Sweet roll malts with a odd fruity juice flavor as well. M: Syrupy body with a medium low carbonation level. Very hard to get down. O: Hard to put down and immensely sweet. I’m definitely not a fan at this time. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-24-2012


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (5728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass, bought in March 2014. Clear reddish/amber with a small head. Sweet aroma and taste of malt, dried fruit, toffee, resin and light earth. Some warming alcohol in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
annunz123 (922) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Caramel, apple, raisin, and alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is very, very sweet, with maple syrup, apple, and dark fruit. A little drying alcohol in the finish, but not enough to overcome the massively sweet taste. Certainly different and not terrible, but I think if they’d be better served to tone this down a little, or at least sell it in smaller bottles (mine was a 22 oz. bomber).

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fombe89 (521) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 25, 2014
Botella comprarda en @el gato que bebia cerveza................................... Casa. 24/12/2014

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2050) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2014
December 23, 2014 - bottle from Binnys, think this is a 2012 bottle. Relatively clear dark orange pour with some head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. Aroma was sweet malt, dark fruit and touch of spice. Taste was super sugary sweetness, some dark fruit and finishes with a bit of the spice. Smooth, creamy and full bodied.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (153) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Poured from a 2 year old bottle obtained from the brewery. Aroma is a yummy caramel brown sugar and booze. Appearance is a red amber with a 1 finger light tan head that vanishes quickly. Taste is well balanced with dark fruits caramel and a boozy presence. Palate is like drinking a cognac with a slight fizz. Overall an excellent beer but I recommend aging it two years or so. Cheers!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (405) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Poured from an aged 2 year old bomber into a Hoppin Frog snifter an slightly cloudt deep amber with a head that left quickly. Aroma is brown sugared dark fruits. Flavor is phenom! Had a couple of years ago and liked but age makes this brew exquisite. Think a caramelized prune with a touch of citrus to balance the sugar. Smooth to the mouth. Faint funk here says this is not your typical American Barleywine. Fred makes some amazing brews and this is definitely one when aged for awhile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1117) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
650ml bottle. Fairly bright clear copper shade. Thin head. Really overtly fruity on the nose at first, and perhaps not in a good way. Also a darker, smokier malt presence crashing against yeast. Taste is brown sugar, toffee, notably sweet even for a barley wine. Syrupy mouthfeel. A better idea on paper than in reality but not totally without merit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lisowczyk (67) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Butelka Piana niska, szybko znika. Barwa miedziano-bursztynowa. W aromacie rodzynki, winogrona, miód, wanilia. W smaku dochodzą jeszcze cytrusy, biszkopty i po ogrzaniu bakalie. Słodkie, likierowe. Alkohol świetnie ukryty. Goryczka niska.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bigda83 (412) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours a dark amber color, very little head to it. Aroma is very sweet with caramel, sugar, toffee, some plum, and candy. Taste followed the nose pretty much on point. Way too overly sickly sweet for me. Shared bottle with friends who all said the same thing. Not something I liked.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8497) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bomber given to me via PUB’R from the brewery. Pours clear deep coppery orangy colored with minimal off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, boozy, mild hops and vinous fruit. Tastes thick, syrupy, a bit cloying, with big malty sweetness, some fruitiness, and some honey and spirits in the finish, which stays thick. This is a sipper, and a sharer.


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