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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2002 Bottle Thanks to brewbandit. The of white head is small and diminshes quickly. The bosy is hazy red-amber. The aroma is caramel, pineapple, bread, light piney hops, and faint alcohol. The flavor is pretty damn nice, bubble gum sweetness that is married to a pleasing resinous pine hoppiness that has somehod weathered the 3 years since this was brewed. Full body, acidic on the tongue, sweet and warming on the way to the gullet. Pretty damn good American barley wine that is aging very nicely, much better than some others out there.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Beer snobs be damned... this shit is tasty! Donít let any one tell you itís "too" any thing because theyíre wrong. Okay, maybe itís too good to stop drinking. Sweet and bitter all at once with a good (but not over powering) touch of alcohol. Perfect for cold winter nights.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
rouge body with a lemon marangesh head, rich hop caramel flavor, timid, alc is well disguised, sweet sugary finish, honey creamy mouthfeel, pineapple, itís not the gnar gnar poo poo but it is pretty gnar

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Good after a few years where it develops oloroso sherry and madeira notes. some rasted malt molasses and brownsuger. Possibly great over pancakes. Dried fruits with a toasted nuts balance.Good bitterness and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Bottle. Almandine garnet body, no head, just a ring of bubbles. Nose is all barleywine-brown sugar and hops. Taste-bitter on backend, up front is clay, bitter hops, grass, caramel, and tannins. Mouthfeel is v ery soft and creamy. Good barleywine, but a little thin overall. Very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 dark amber with a light cream colored head. aroma is sweet luscious alcohol and brown sugar mixed with black berries. taste is strongly alcoholic, and very malty sweet. finish is hoppy, mouthfeel is too sticky for me. notes of caramel and apples with some honey. enjoyable despite the stickiness. RERATE from a a 2004 bottle that was aged about a year. appearance is the same, but the too sweet part has mellowed. a lot of discernable flavors apple, pear, maple syrup, touch of cinnamon, nice dark fruits. a creamy mouthfeel that was not there before too. this definitely improves with age. some light pepper is there too. a bit of oaken vanilla in the finish too. a much better beer with some time to lay down. i just wished i still lived in a state it was available because i can;t find a better value price wise. definitely should have picked up a case last winter. oh well, live and learn. i have friends that will get me more. was 6-4-6-3-13. for a 3.2 now 6-4-8-4-16 for a 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Tap at Redbones: Poured cloudy orange with a thick dissipating cream colored head. Big malty/hop aroma. Flavor is nicely balanced with fruit hoppiness and sweet malts. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2675) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours a light ruby color. Aroma is strong and fruity with some maltiness. Nice and smooth. Sweet fruity flavor with malts and hops and a little bit of alcohol to give it some punch. Lots of flavor. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Ruby mahogany color, patern lacing, thick head, moderate carbonation. Nose of molasses, hops & alcohol. A rich body with tons of sweetness & hops to balance to try to sway my palate to the high gravity dark side. Itís fairly balanced though with a burning bitter finish and a taste that keeps me coming back for more. Meh.<P>99í Edition: Loses a lot of the sweetness (thank god) and is much more mellow, complex and smooth. Iíve heard this phenomena called the "ugly duckling syndrome".

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
02.19.05 2003 on tap at Toronado BWF Deep garnet and brown pour with smallish head. Deep and bready aromas. Some soy and berries...like soy coated berries. Drinkable, but I didnít love it.


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