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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
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Made by our new brewer Wayne Burns. This dark red ale is a barley wine, warming, creamy and delish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to toby. Pours out a amber topped with a white head. Nose is sweet malts spice and some wood. Taste is as the nose with lots of heat plenty of spice and wood.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is deep amber with an aggressive brown head. Aroma is of pure dark fruits - fig, apricot, raisin, and dates. Flavor also has a large amount of dark fruits but with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and booze added. Very drinkable for the ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter Solstice 2011 bottling. Pours hazy deep orange amber color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, apple, raisin, peach, plum, brown sugar, honey, floral, light pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, peach, raisin, plum, apple, pepper, honey, light brown sugar, floral, spicy alcohol, wood, and earthy yeast esters. Good amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, peach, light fruits, pepper, floral, honey, light brown sugar, spicy alcohol, wood, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity flavors; with a good balance of bitterness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden for 17% with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine. Nice balance and complexity of malt,hops, and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on considering this is 17%. A very enjoyable offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
Got this at an epic shared bottle tasting at Dark Lord Days in the Hampton Inn in Munster, IN. Dark red. Tan head. Very intense nose Lots of flavor. Bold. Really amazing how well the alcohol is hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (2914) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pour a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is caramel and roast. Medium mouthfeel with light roast and nuts with caramel and boozey finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. Good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to jjfoodie) murky deep copper, wispy offwhite bubbles. Nose of clover, honey, alcohol, bit of oxidation, caramel, rich. Taste of caramel, saccharin, alcohol, a bit messy in general.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2011 Vintage .. . pours a murky deep ruby brown .. . medium head, lacing is alright .. . how can a beer be thin and still chewy? muddled plum, chocolate.. . not all that enjoyable .. . . this is a skeleton, this is bones!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
2nd January 2011
Cloudy red brown beer. Short lived bubbly tan head. This 2007 beer is in good condition! Crispy palate, semi dry. Sweet malt - fairly intense. A little aniseed alcohol. Coconut with a trace of cherry and strawberry. More aniseed. Toffee and caramel. Finishes neutral with a little alcohol heat. Complex beer that generally hides the alcohol well. It’s there but you would think this is a 12.0% beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark reddish amber with a light tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is a light roastiness, some nuttiness, some alcohol, and some caramel. The taste is sweet with caramel and a light nutty note. The finish has a decent bitterness and is warming with alcohol. Low carbonation. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is reddish-amber with a small, off-white head and decent lacing. Raisins, figs, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and light alcohol in the aroma. Taste is fruity, toffee, lightly boozy, raisins, caramel, and grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Begins sweet upfront, lightly hoppy with sweet caramel notes through the middle, ending with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. The alcohol is present, but not overbearing by any means. Not bad.


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