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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
In short: A typical, but very much oxidized barley wine
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost 2 year old. Too old maybe.
The look: Cloudy light brown body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of cardboard and caramel. Taste is crème caramel, booze, peanuts, wet cardboard, tobacco. Alcohol is very apparent. Finish is a bit bite of alcohol. The body is foamy/fluffy with a overly active carbonation. I had this beer in a tasting a few months back and it was oxidized. I didn’t rate it knowing I had a bottle home. My bottle was oxidized too. And both bottles were not purchased at the same time from the same pub. So I’d say that the odds of other bottles of Iron Hill Barleywine are pretty high. And I paid about $20 for that oxidized crap. What have I done to deserve that? What do people have against me? I am not a bad person. I am a good person. I am a good person who has done some bad things. To an alarm clock. Sexually.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 2004 sampled Wilmington 3/05... Poured a dark amber color with a small, of white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of carmel malt, port, raisins, citrus hoppiness, and a touch of alcohol. Still rather young, the dried fruits, grapefruit hops, and sweet caramel dominated, alcohol is also pretty hot. Decent now, but at 3 yrs old, this can compete with some of the best barleywines out there. Look for bottles of this soon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with a huge off white head, 4 fingers plus. Malty with lots of caramel and toffee notes, a bit chewy. Fruity tone, caramelized apples, and a fruit latent warming. A mild woody tannic tone, apricots and oak. Soft fruit tones and a mild warming. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
This barleywine pours a medium brown color forma 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses and brown sugar. Medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, there is a touch of a bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2009
bottle thanks to jkwalking05. amber with a cream head. nose is dried fruits, malts and slight fruity hops. nice on the palate with a smooth fruity flavor tagged with aged malts and light alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
On tap at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. Dry and sweet at the same time. A bit odd in the body. Moderate malty sweetness with a bit of fruit. Slightly metallic in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruit, honey, toffee, slight orange, slight fruit, figs, plums, slight yeast, and maple syrup. Poured brown with a bit of amber in color and medium-sized, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, honey, toffee, slight chocolate, light wood, oak, light vanilla, and figs. Full body. Thick, tingly, syrupy, coating texture. Average to lively carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel, wood, and vanilla finish is sticky and dry. 10%ABV is totally hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is malt, caramel, grapes, sugar, floral hops, citrus hops, apricot, toffee, and some bitterness. Flavor is much the same- malt, citrus, apricot, and sweetness. Medium mouthfeel to this hoppy and likeable BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2006
750 ml bottle shared @ the Media location. I suppose this is the correct place to put this review since the ABV matches. Although the bar tender told me it was brewed and bottled at the Media location and the bottle simply just stated "Barleywine" Pours a cloudy brown amber with a smaller off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, some toastiness, biscuit and light alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was lots of up front dark fruits, toffee, hints of vanilla, light hop bitterness, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters and yeast.

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