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RATINGS: 911   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Pours a clear amber/red. Really clear for a barley wine. It smells of citrus hops and a little malt. There are a lot of hops in this one. But they go well with the malt. I can’t wait to taste this batch next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2003
I tend to like Lagunitas. Find them "unsophisticated" very often and keep going back to see what it is that makes me think that. Guess they are near the target, but not on the mark for being a superior product. And I guess I would add that I'm inferior for not being able to note exactly what it is that I'm saying. This beer is a move in the right direction for me. First sip was fine, but not spectacular. Just seemed to get progressively better so that by the end I was thoroughly enjoying it. Maybe it was the affect of the whole, but I've had plenty of high ABV brews that left me unimpressed. Barleywine traits all there: malty sweet and the American hop wallop to delight the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Alcohol kept the head down, and that alcohol is very apperant- almost "hot" in it's pallate. Lots of malt that still manages to be over run by hops. Lots going on in this beer and it still manages to be pedestrian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Dark orange in color with an almost light orange head. Warm creamsicle like aroma of vanilla. cotton candy, and orange. Smooth with a light ot moderate bitterness. Good barleywine, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2009) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Ok just bought this baby yesterday Usual 22 oz brown bomber..with typical lagunitas label..and spiel on the side. Nice bright amber almost deep red beer..tiny head that goes fast..some lace. Very earthy aroma..malts hops and a smell like freshly dug soil..i kid you not!,..i like it. Tste is pretty sweet..malt dominated..but later a liquorcy alcoholic heat..and a good bitterness appear. Pretty good on the tongue..very invigorating..great after taste. This is a nice barleywine..its drinkable..but onlt one bottle at a sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Evenly colored with a deep amber. Lovely light-tan head with tight, clingy lace. Cookie dough nose is inviting. Incredible mouthfeel: silky smooth, thick, heavy and mildly carbonated; I got a real sense of accomplishment with every swallow. Complex malts, with notes of graham cracker, chocolate, wood, and soft caramel candy. Hops provide some fruity (hint of orange maybe, but mostly dark fruit) and grassy notes, too. Mild to moderate bitterness. For the most part, the alcohol is well-masked, but you occasionally get a little smack in the jaw -- and I'm sure this one's a creeper. At any rate, this is a VERY good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Yet another barleywine that falls into a category that I like to call a breakfast beer. This one has a nice woody, maple syrup like quality to it. The aroma is is slightly roasted and sweet while being extremely complex. Lots of flavors come out but mostly caramel and maple, with some cinnamon notes as well. Very smooth and mellow in the finish, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
This amber-brown beer has a surprising head for a barley wine, especially one that's been aged for a few years like my sample. It has that good fruity barleywine aroma with a hint of smoke, although I doubt it used smoke malt, I think it's the complexity tricking my nose. The flavor has mellowed a little more than it should, but it's still a tasty barelywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Bottled 1999. THis has aged nicely. Noble woody flavor with maybe a bit of maple syrup. Nicely placed bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Light caramle colored. Slight tan head. Honey aroma. Sweet malty flavor. Agreat beer. Great label with entertaining sayings, phrases and descriptions.

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