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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Distinct sweet and complex flavor, this beer has been reserved and set aside for special occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2008
Tap at Wilmington location, called Old Tom. Cloudy orange color. Aroma was very slanted towards fruit (dates, candied apricots, pears),. Was sweet with some toffee and brown sugar. A little bit of tang in the texture. Not a lot of hop character,. Really liked the taste..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (693) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Draft at Phoenixville location...Caramel colored, cloudy and dark with a small beige head...aromas of sweet malts and a touch of caramel, some vanilla and alcohol as well...thick mouth feel...sticky and creamy....the initial sip is sweet then alcohol dominates the palate, followed by a figgy date taste and a slight hop finish a pretty bland barley as far as complexity goes....andouie sausage goes well with this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2008
Tap at P-ville location. Pours a nice deep amber with a lively carbonaion for a BW, nice lasting tan head. Aroma is lots of thcik sweet caramel and toffee malts, and nice fruity esters- dried apricots, and raisins plums. Good big malt flavor- smooth sweet, not cloying, but big and robust, toffee, hints of earth and leather with a very subtle hopping character all the way through. Good long smooth finish. Went down real easy as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1515) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2008
"Old Tom" On tap at the Wilimington Brewery: Amber in color. Good lacing, and an ok head. Aroma was weak smell of dried fruit. Flavor was smooth! Sweet dried fruits. Texture was medium light, no carbonation. Over all pretty enjoyable but not as good as their sasquatch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Quite an enjoyable little BW. Healthy presence of hops. A bit floral. Malt was a little thin for the beer, but overall enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
bottle cellared since dark lord day ’07...... reddish amber brown pour and looks somewhat fizzy and caronated. a frothy white one inch head tops it off.... aroma wasn’t what i was expecting. lots of fruit here. apple and sour grape notes and almost like it was aged in a oak barrel but i might just be trippin...... flavors are on the same wavelength which i am glad of. carbonation was at a nice level.....i was expecting a caramely malty barleywine and was much surprised by this fruity and refreshing and not entirely heavy barleywine.....a pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2008
750 ml bottle via trade a ways back, shared with my girlfriend Cyn after a day that really needed a beer to cap it off. Pours ruddy amber cloudy with not much air passing through. There is a nice tan head that follows. Nose is pretty dry and sweet with a variety of notes, that I can’t quite place. Taste is sweet, with a bit of fruity caramel edge and slight mouth burn on the back end. This is a pretty tasty barleywine, but its lacking depth, it has good aspects but they are limited. Overall worth having, surprised its only had such few ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Pours a dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is apple, apricot, and some roasted malts. Flavor is malty, apple, apricot and a roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Deep caramel, quite dark, slight ruby tint, large fizzy light beige head, spotty lacing, very light carbonation.   The color certainly looks very inviting!   Very slight sourness and oak on the nose, pale citrus and even softer malts are present.   Not much in the way of a hop nose... definitely not a west coast Barley Wine.   Sweet, yet somewhat sour, citrus character up front.   Soft notes of oak, and perhaps even unripened cherries.   Not as hefty in the malts either.   Interesting Barley Wine.   Fairly smooth, not heavy at all.   Lighter than most, a little bit more oakish and sour, albeit minor, than most other examples.   Lingering citrus like bitterness emerges after the finish.   Unfortunately body and mouthfeel are pretty average.   Not capturing me at all.   Decent beer, however doesnt seem to have enough malt character.   In my opinion not worth the $ the place on this one.   Again, fairly decent beer but it seems a bit too light.   I will give it this, the ABV is well hidden.   Doesn’t feel like 10% tho.   Anyways, enjoyable but not to the extent that I thought it was going to be based on the $ amount.   Thanks Steve for sending the bottles!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Brewery: Iron Hill Wilmington
Date: June 10, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog 3D
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine beige head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a big earthy character
Flavor: lots of dry bitter earthy flavor, touch of dark caramel adds richness but no sweetness, slight tart edge

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

Date: August 27, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, brown sugar sweetness, light fruityness, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet brown sugar flavor, light bitterness, touch of suggary sweetness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

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