La Cumbre Barley’s Wine
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
It’s not wine; trust me. What it is is an incredibly strong American ale of epic proportions. The beer pours a deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Rich, piney American hops are front and center in the aroma. Digging deeper, you’ll find rich caramel, figs, and freshly baked rum-cake? The initial sip is mouth-filling to say the least. Sweet malt is there in spades, but it’s backed up by an obscene amount of spicey hops. The beer coats the tongue with a plethora of beery complexity; hops, hops and more hops, hugely rich malt, and finally alcohol. Ahh... the alcohol. It’s well hidden, until you swallow and then the warmth creeps back up your esophogas letting you know this is no normal beer. This monster finishes with an incredibly drying and lasting bitterness that accomplishes it’s goal of balancing out all that malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2013
Tasted straight from the brewery!! Wow!! What a great Strong Ale! This barley wine will not disappoint. My favorite by far!!! Definitely worth trying if your ate in Albuquerque!!! MKH---Rat via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2012
GABF 2012, October 12, Friday. Sweet and thick. Lots of brown sugar and some some caramel balanced by earthy hops. Great palate, and well-hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Brown color with a light head. A few samples of this from GABF! I get a lot of hops in the nose and they mix well with the brown sugar and toffee notes. Flavor is sweet and hoppy at the same time. A hint of dryness but again some sticky malts. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2012
on tap at the brewery. My 200th rating! A murky dark red with small frothy white head. Nose is full of malts, nice bit of caramel. Only a small note of alcohol in this despite it being almost 11%. Full bodied with slick mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice long finish with this, very sweet and lightly bitter as well. A very malty barleywine, and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Tap at Brewery Feb 2012-Pours deep copper hue with a small slightly fizzy soapy eggshell head. nose of huge malts, lots of carmel sweetness and dark fruits. flavors of carmel sweetness up front follow with lots of resinous hops in mid palate and remain long into the finish as a slow fade. Wow, i can tell this would go into my "mangler" category of strong brews-not something i drink alot of anymore. I wish i had this a bit more fresh with a bigger hop presence however, its still very hoppy and will age very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Well, really no need to describe this. The commercial description is actually spot on. The only thing that I’ll add is that the finish is a bit oily and soapy. Also, my 50th barley wine.

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