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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
I purchased this bottle at the Newark, DE location, but the label on the bottle says Wilmington. 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with glowing reddish highlights when held against a light. Moderate-large off-white head that faded to a film at mid-glass and left only a trace of lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and a bit of sweet orange. The flavor backs off a bit from the aroma, with caramel up front and a moderate alcohol flavor towards the finish. The alcohol flavor stregthens as the beer warms, and a definite alcohol burn develops as well. This is a decent barley wine, but it lacks the depth and mouthfeel I associate with better barley wines. The strong alcohol finish also detracts from the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4445) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2011
Bottled, tasting at cgarvieuk. Ruby red coloured, tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, grainy, a bit chewy, candy sugar. Flavour is caramel malts, candy sugar, fruits. Sticky and sugary finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes malt, caramel, alcohol, and straw, leading toa sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium tan head....nice color and decent lacing and retention. Aroma has lots of dark fruit...sticky hoppiness. Flavor is pretty sweet...fruity...candied fruit...with just a touch of earthy bitterness and the faintest hint of leather. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a warming fruity/earthy dry finish.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2007
750ml bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is very nice, medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant. Taste is medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant, finishes with earthy hops. Occasional. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highibus (796) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
a nice amber color with no real head. but this bad boy seems a bit infected. just a little off. a little better as it warms but justoff. a bit funky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Poured a deep brown and served in a goblet. This was very interesting beer in that I could detect some very fruity, cidery, apple notes, but they did not take away from the beer at all. The hops were blended in nicely and not over the top. The alchol is warming and very apparant. This is a great after meal beer.

   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.

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