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RATINGS: 1054   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Oh heck yeah. Deep reddish brown, small head fades into a lasting ring. Aroma of pine resin, citric hops, and chewy toffee. Initial malt thrust of thick caramel and coffee gives way to fantastic hop bomb of pine and citrus that leans towards grapefruit. The flavors linger wonderfully in the mouth long after the sip is finished. A magnificent, overtly American barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2006
From Liquidsolutions. Had to get this as a filler for my Fred from the Wood. Sure as hell glad I got it, this is one awesome barley wine. Pours out dark red with a yellow colored head that goes away quicker than I thought. Taste is sweet, hoppy, slightly grassy (too fresh) and rich. The more I drink of it, the more the hops subside to a nice malty backbone leaving a very drinkable, very enjoyable Barley wine. One of the better examples of this I have drank in a while. Great beer, and I think as a whole this breweries beers are under rated - Ive never been disappointed from them. Great brew here.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. Fruity, sweet, vinous hoppy aroma. I detect dried fruits, oranges, grapes, peaches as well. THere is also a sweet, sugary and caramel aroma to this. Very enticing. Transparent amber/orange color with frothy yellowish head and nice lacing. Slight sweetness to start, turning more hoppy in the middle with some earthy hops. Finishes very roasted and quite malty with some caramel notes. Alcohol is well-hidden and the body is silky. This is a wonderful West-coast barleywine that is extremely well-balanced. Well-done!@

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2006
Starts off abit malty, sweet, with fruits, then as I got through it hops became more present. The alcohol really hit me quick, this one should be taken slow.Great brew! On tap at Hollingshead’s, Orange, Ca.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. hazy amber colour with a firm tan head. Flora and grapefruityl hop aroma with a dense sweetness of blackberries and caramel. Aromatic grapefruity flavour of flowers with a solid malty backbone of blackberries, plums and molasses. Long floral aftertaste of blue fruits and figs with a strong aromatic floral undertone. A really nice US BW with a pleasant maltiness. Thanks MrWalker.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22887) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Clear reddish amber, minimal head.Striking aroma of grapefruit and caramel. Sweet and full bodied with fairly soft mouthfeel. The malt flavour is more prominent than in most American barley wines, but there are a good amount of aromatic hops as well. A very solid and well made barley wine with some personality of its own.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and a hint of some hops. Flavor starts off sweet and gives way to the molasses, caramel, and chocolate. It finishes with a little of a hop kick. I’m rather impressed with this barley wine. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2006
2006 22 Oz Bottle. Aroma is surprisingly subdued. There’s notes of faint chocolate plums, honeysuckle perfume and strong glowing embers of melted raisins. Sugars and musky mens cologne. Hints of West Coast hops. Pour of clear fire red, with orange fringes a carmine center and a swirling head of tanned hide. Flavor is respectable, with heavy cream and sherry. Rich raisined malts are perfuse with more touches of chocolate and long basking rays of caramelization. In the backend, strong alcohol heat senses the humours and carries swift currents of tawny fruits and amber honey. The hops show in resin format, almost entirely, as this long linger subtle reminder of parching dryness and balancing parafin wax. Candy wrapper delight. Alcohol stings just a bit too much, but the hop balance is delectable. Needs a touch more complexity and character. Body is great. Thanks AndY!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle: Pour is mahogany, with a big off white head. Aroma has a lot of sweetness to it, brown sugar, caramel, very malty. Flavor is more of the same, definitely more english barleywine than typical american. Nice lacing on the glass. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours deep red with a one-finger, yellowish head. The hop aroma opened up my nasal passages on the first whiff. It’s joined by a lovely molasses and brown sugar malt aroma; the two mix very well. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. The flavor is mostly malty and fruity--molasses, licorice, fig--and ends on a slightly bitter note. Mildly alcoholic aftertaste. Syrupy mouthfeel.


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