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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
28th January 2011
Hazy dark red - amber beer, tidy cream coloured head. Light nose of malt and aniseed. Softish palate, a little carbonated bite in the tail. A pretty fruity barleywine. Orange, cherry and pineapple with mildly toffee malt underneath. A little aniseed. Semi dry finish. An easy drinking and memorably fruity barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13301) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste starts sweet but then transitions to bitter pretty quickly. More hoppy than your usual barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
@dmacs UFC100 Gathering courtesy of egajdzis–750ml bottle–pours a thin tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, hops bite. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, pine hops bite. Medium body. OK carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10452) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
A hazed amber Barley Wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity vinous malt with treacle, grassy notes, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with light vinous notes, light fruity acidity, floral hops, pink grapefruit pulp, nice. Shared with GRM and Boutip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle… C&P’sLYFO Throwdown… Cloudy brown ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. The aroma is a rich, decadent swirl of buttery caramel. Full-bodied and velvety with tingly carbonation. The flavor is all about caramel as well - sweet, but not cloyingly so - rich and robust, but not overbearing. Caramely, bittersweet finish. Bottle provided by miketd! * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Miketd brought this rare bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small head. Aroma full of toffee, caramel, yeast, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is sweet, caramel, vanilla and balanced by some nice hops on the finish. Great beer. Loved it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Sampled from 750ml reserve bottle at the Iron Hill in North Wales. Poured a medium and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, caramel, pine, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits and citrus. I liked the aromas but found the tastes to be weaker and didn’t live up to the smells. Thinner body as well.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Very good drinking BW, with citrus flavour adding complexity to the organic caramel taste. Likely hoppier when it was young.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Humid resinous hopping and its diplomatic caramel soil are the proficient breeding ground for strawberry fruitiness and piney bitterness. This is a storyteller of a hoppy Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A bobbing cloud of foam covers the misty dark reddish brown which envelops the yeast microcosm.
-The body on this Barley Wine is rather slender, making you focus on its hoppy predominance.
-Frothy, big bubbles take advantage of the lean mouthfeel.
-A perfumy hop character lingers well beyond the finish.
-This may lack the residual sugars and lush caramelization to please some Barley Wine lovers.

Bottle; 2005 vintage bought at the Wilmington brewpub.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours turbid coppery with oirange edges and 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hopcitrus, berries, cognac, port wine. Tastes rich, hoppy, earthy and malty up front, with notes of spice, nutmeg, berries, port, congac, and I even noted a hint of pumpkin in this one. Very complex, with a rich, well balanced mouthfeel.


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