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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Distinct sweet and complex flavor, this beer has been reserved and set aside for special occasions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours amber copper with minute long tan head. The aroma has notes of raisins, prunes, figs, crystal malts and some mild alcohol heat. The taste is much the same as the nose with fruity esters like raisins, prunes, apricots and pears. Behind that are solid notes of sweet malts and mild caramel candy. Then a modest sense of alcohol murmurs up and hangs on into the finish. Nice brew that could use a few more years of age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
murret? .. . Pours a dark brown, damn fine head, light lacing .. . rusty, sweet and chewy- complex and fun- mild hoppiness- molasses, brown sugar and bark .. . a fine beverage indeed .. . Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. Pours with a large tan head and a brown body. Aroma of caramel, booze, brandy, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is caramel, alcohol, booze and fruit. Medium carbonation, and a lot of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 750ml bottle pours a hazy brown with some creamy off white head. Nose is oranges, caramel, minty, a little grassy, brown sugar, some cookies. Flavor is sweet, oranges, mint, earthy, sweet carrots, squash. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2010
750mL bottle, unknown vintage (it has at least a few years on it). Poured translucent garnet with a tall, looser-bubbled beige head.. 1/4 inch stuck around for a while, as well as some lacing. The aroma picked up brown sugar, toasted toffee, dark fruits, and a measurable dose of oxidation.. a little bit of sourness evident.. touches of earth and vanilla too. The flavor found more of the fruit meat surrounded by tart skins and a lot of oxidation.. some aged toffee and caramel for support.. finished dry with a little fruit sourness and a bunch of cardboardy oxidation. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. the tart and oxidation notes threw off the flow.. tacky on the finish. This tasted like it was old, and it didn’t age gracefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
GABF 2004 bottled sample for judging: Clean and clear light copper with a lacey white head. Fresh English hoppy aroma and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Body is pretty thin for a barleywine with only mild sweetness and not too much hop balance. Finish is also thin. (7, 4, 7, 3, 14)... GABF 2004 Bourbon Barrel Aged: Cloudy dark copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is a subtle mix of vanilla and caramel malt, but is not very pronounced. Starts rich and caramely sweet with lots of oaky vanilla flavor and a dry vanilla bean finish with some warming alcohol. A nice, complex barrel-aged brew. (7, 4, 8, 4, 15)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’une mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe d’alcool et d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel fruité en arrière goût. (Rating #2940)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle that’s been in my cellar for years. I think it came from hopdog. Pours brown with a lasting tan head. Smells of cherries, nutty, some molasses, touches of welcoming oxidation. Tastes of Spice, some fruity undertones, caramel, cognac with some toffee and cherry hints on the finish. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Creamy off-white head mounts the dark amber hue to remain there. Potent caramel flavors come from the developped maltiness. Biscuity, toffeeish undertones accompany the orangey and floral hops on first level, but the 2nd level is the affair of the formidable peachy, banana and apricot fruits of the great english barleywines. Smokey in its finish, long, strong, heady and sweet. Medium to full bodied, slow carbonation. Its sheer complexity and fitting mouthfeel put it among the numerous good examples.

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