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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Tawny brown in color with an intense, rich, hearty malt flavor and warming characteristics. The bold maltiness is balanced by liberal amounts of hops. Aged for a minimum of seven months before being tapped each year.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Tap of the 2002 vintage @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark reddish brown color with a light brown head. A big caramel malt flavor with vanilla accents.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2005 - On tap at the Kailua-Kona brewery. Pours out a rather dull brown with few if any highlights and a thin head. The aroma is rich, sweet, and malty but falls a little flat. Flavor is good--strong alcohol and a good amount of maltiness--though less sweet than I would have expected. This is combined with a high degree of hops bitterness with little hops flavor. A good barleywine though not this brewery’s forte.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 I had this on tap at their Koko Marine location 2006 vintage. Good flavor, with a little bit of a kick, but finished with a nice after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. 2002 Vintage. Beady tan head dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown colors with burgundy shading. Medium-hazy with weak lacing. Fruity aroma with subtle sweetness to whet the appetite. Big sweet flavor with some dry bitterness, playing in the mouth with a fruity bite and hints of tough leather. A nice interplay that really adds to the beer. Leathery dryness accentuated in the finish. A bit thin from overworking, and I think it’d be killer if it had a bit creamier texture and maltier taste. Impressive, studied alcohol pop. The 12.5% is there, but it all seemed tastefully controlled.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
02.19.05 2002 on tap at Toronado BWF Pretty dark brew but flat looking and feeling. Nice balance but nothing special. Alcohol was very present to me, especially for a 2002 beer, but that added to a nice peppery finish. It was a long day. Some peach, some citrus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
On tap at the 2005 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. This beer won third place at the Festival, but I didn’t get it. I thought it looked murky orange with a thin beige foamy head. It seemed under carbonated. Sweet alcohol nose with a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors of honey, sweet caramel and some vanilla. It seemed a little raw. I must be the minority in this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2003
GABF '03 Fruity,spicy,extremely malty with a flavor of molasses.One of the better barely wines I've ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2003 GABF: Sweet malts, dark fruit and brown sugar in the nose, full smooth texture, starts sweet and then gets more sweet. Long aftertaste that is more than welcome to stay around.


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