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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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The Barley Wine Style Ale is our most potent ale and is characterized by a rich, malty flavor and is balanced with a heavy hop bitterness. This beer is sweet with a hint of caramel flavor and the high hop bitterness is barely preceivable over the intense malt and alcohol. Barleywines are typically aged for one year before release and will continue to improve for several years. Barley Wine Style Ale is available in bottles.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeKreeft2799 (18) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2002
great great beer


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3812) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle, brewed 2012.03.15. Listed at 10.1%. Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose seems pretty hoppy, and seems like it has some stale grass to it, along with a bit of boozy caramel underneath. Taste is little sweet up front, but has a bitter finish more in line with a DIPA. Decent drink, but not great for the style.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle... Cloudy caramel-colored pour with no head. Olfactory highlights include toffee and praline. Medium-bodied with barely sufficient carbonation. The flavor is thin and boring, accompanied by weak notes of lightly sweet toffee and caramel. Watery, mildly sweet finish. Although mundane, I appreciate the opportunity to try this. Nice balance, if nothing else.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2533) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Aged 12oz bottle purchased at the brewery (thus, assuming appropriate storage). Bottled 3-2012. As soon as the cap hisses I can smell the toffee rich alcoholic strong beer. Aroma is just slightly astringent. A hint of cherry astringency. A soft cardboard. Flavor is similar but has a long dry bitter astringent finish. Pretty decent barley wine for a big (an not much else) brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
jan 2011, enjoyed jan 2014 Pours hazy mahogany, tan finger white head Smell creamy caramel fig coco raisin Taste maple syrup, coco, fig, red fruit, caramel, pasty aftertaste Thinner than I would have hoped Solid

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (782) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle brewed on 3/15/2012, 10.1% ABV. Pours a light brownish amber color with sudsy beige foam. Mostly caramelized sugars, dark fruits and malt in the aroma with a bit of honey in the background. The taste starts with caramel, raisin and toasted malt flavors that lead to notes of orange citrus, resiny hops and vanilla. Mild creaminess in the body along with low carbonation and a dry, malty finish. Straightforward American style Barley Wine with pretty good balance overall.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle. Well over a year old (sticker says it was brewed 03/12/12). Pours a dark cloudy brown with minimal tan head. Low carbonation. Very complex aroma with brandy, figs, licorice, and brown sugar. You can really taste the alcohol, this is a strong one. Flavor is pretty malty, with dark fruits and a bit of sourness. Very heavy. This is not my normal style, but it’s good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, light oxidation, pine, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste of nice dried fruits, raisins, caramel, light vanilla, tobacco and oxidation / lt alcohol finish.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alphadelic (1771) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2011 bottle at Stumbling Monk: obviously old, a little cardboard and heavy fruit. Dry-ish, some sugar and residual heat in the throat. I’d drain pour it if someone hadn’t paid $8 for it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
Over a year old, this batch had some time to age. Appearance is orange-amber with a creamy beige cover. Rich fruity aroma that splinters into apricot, tangerine, dark candied fruits, and zesty fruit punch. The body is of juicy fruitiness and chocolate. Apricot, tangerine, and fruity punchy notes all emerge. Medium-bodied, even a bit thin over the palate. No off-flavors and quite quaffable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: Pours dark reddish copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel, and burnt sugar come to the nose. Taste: Sweet sugary plum comes through. A little more on the sweet side with not much hop bitterness coming in on the palate.


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