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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
750ml bottle from trade. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, figs, dates and brown sugar. Taste is sweet, lightly smoked and bold. Flavors of fermented fruit, toffee, caramel malt and alcohol. Has a semi sweet floral finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. Hazy brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is hops, caramel, bourbon, coffee. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, malty, coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
bottle thanks to Daniel, I believe, shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of caramel and overripe fruit. Taste is the same caramel, overripe fruit and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Less mouthfeel than expected from a barleywine. Definitely less than expected. Glad I didn’t pay for it as I’ve come to expect that Iron Hill charges premium prices for less than premium beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s. Pours a cloudy brown, with a very small ring of bubbles around the edge. Dark fruity nose, raisins, plums, with noticeable alcohol. Very sweet aroma. Taste follows this - really quite sweet. There’s caramel there, and similar dark fruits, but not as strongly as in the nose. Full bodied, small but pleasant carbonation, alcohol on the finish. A lingering sweetness too. Really quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap at North Wales. Pours a clear brown color with no head. Sweet malt aroma of raisin, plum, and caramel. Dark fruit flavor with caramel and a touch of alcohol as the beer warms.


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