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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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This American barleywine has a dominant malty sweetness that is balanced by a huge presence of American hops. The hops give this beer a citrus-like hop flavor. Further dry-hopped for added hop aroma.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy miketd. Murky reddish brown pour, full of life. Huge nose on caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet plums, dark fruit, some unique spicy grain. Flavor is rich and full of caramel, vanilla, spices. Full of flavor, and very delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Pour was a cloudy redish/brown okay head nice lacing. Aroma was of caramel, pine vanilla and come floralness. Flavor was nice sweet malty flavor, alcohol wasn’t hidden at all little over the top. But good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Another big IH 750ml bottle courtesy of Swolf3. Poured dark brown, with a tan head. Dry aroma, dried fruit as well. Very luxurious flavor, just permeates the tastebuds. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle shared by that Beer Drinker of the Year 2001 guy. He’s the man. Acrid, strong, alcohol filled aroma, loaded with bitter hops and gasoline. Kind of old flavor, oxidized already though new, but still rather light and mellow. The polar opposite of the aroma. Soupy and heavy, though soft on the tongue. Pretty nice, if you can get past the smell.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
750 ml bottle.  Pours a muddy brown caramel with a thick beige head.  Aroma of caramel, toffee, tangy citrus and grassy hops. Taste of tangy citrus with a strong caramel malty presence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
bottle from 2005 brought to the tasting by sparky27... the color is like a caramel right before the cream is added with a huge tan head that eventually fades to a ring. the perfumey aroma is sweet with grains and caramel oakiness followed by raisins, pine, grass and some citrus hops. palate is sweet but not sticky or cloying. this is surprisingly still quite hoppy.... flavor is similar to the aroma... raisins and a distinct dry woodiness precede a slight bite on the finish. medium body is soft from the carbonation and creamy without being sticky. i bet this is bitchin’ when it’s fresh...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly tasting. Thank you Sparky27! Dark red-brown pour and foamy tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Fruity caramel flavor with some hoopy bitterness on the finish. Interesting!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle coutsey of Sparky27 at hellbilly’s. Nutty caramel aroma. Murky brown with average head. Got mostly just a caramel flavor and some dried fruits and maybe some wood taste in there. One of those odd brews to figure out but glad I got a chance to try it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Sparky27...Thanks for a chance to taste a brew with only 10 ratings!!! Hellbilly...thanks for the Phoenix Tasting!!! Always a good thing to get those passionate about beer together!!! Gem quality garnet with eggshell foam. Hoppier than expected given the style...also lower ABV than typical in a barley wine. Age will benefit this tremendously.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). 2005 vintage bottle from me courtesy of GMCC2181. Thanks Gabe. Pours a clear amber color with a decent beige head. Nose is malt, citrus and pine hops with slight alcohol. Palate is hoppier than I expected with sweet malt, dark fruits like plum and raisins. Slight alcohol bite in the finish. Reminds me a little of Big Foot as others have suggested, though not as good. I winder what this was like when first bottled - the hops must have been really strong.


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