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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2669) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
On tap @ GABF 2007 (2005 vintage) poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, carmel, toffee, light mollases and a hint of spice. Palate was full bodied smooth and slightly dry. Flavors of dark bread, carmel, light notes of dark fruit and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at the 2007 GABF: Transparent mahogany with a wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of nice fresh, grapefruity hops and sweet caramel malt. Full, sweet body has some light fruity esters and complexity and bittering hops toward a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty nice barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Deep amber/bronze with creamy tan head and lace. Raisins, brown sugar, and caramel malt. Dried fruit, sweet malt, and a good resin bitter. Just a nice slight warmth from the abv. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Complex, smooth, and for real. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pours a medium dark brown with reddish hue with residue. Tan head that lasts. Aroma is raisin, cranberry, pineapple, with some muskiness. Very complex. Taste is excellent as well...dark fruits and pine. Beware to all...the alcohol content changes frequently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
On tap at the Big Island pub. Clear copper/red with a slight tan head. Aroma is slight pine, deep raisin/date barley wine, and perhaps some caramel/toffee through the finish. Taste is a touch of hops up front followed by a thick sweet malt, raisin barleywine. Bit of hops on the finish. Solid representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Served from the tap with a deep mahogany brown color and a thin creamy white head. The aroma had a berry-like malt sweetness up front with some earthy hops beneath. The flavor is more satisfying, with a smooth combination of earthy, herbal hops and a rich caramel malt sweetness. The beer seems fairly lightly carbonated, which helps to let the flavors out a bit, but it also makes the alcohol content of this one more noticeable.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Had this on tap at the Kona brewpub after a tour of the place while vacationing in Hawaii. This was definitely one of their better brews and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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