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RATINGS: 895   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2003
2002: Radiant brass shade. Creamy, retentive ring of foam. Aroma of jellied candy, pineapple, cotton, plum, leaf, and phenols; vague caramel, spruce tips, and white grape undertones. Wonderful, seemingly bottle conditoned palate: velvety, softly sappy. Initial leafy, earthy bitterness followed by a subtle tanginess, pine sap, marmalade, maraschino cherry, fig, soft notes of caramel, and wood notes. Long, balanced finish of toffee glazed malts, peppery alcohol, numbing alpha acids, apple stem, soil, tobacco, and accompanying mellow pineapple hop belches. Bready, caramel malts and obscure piney notes emerge as it reaches room temp. Sadly, a very average aroma, but the flavor and palate are nearly flawless. A particularly impressive offering from this redundant brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2003 This is a good beer in its own right, but I think I like Brown Sugga a little better. Same color, amber, reddish yellow what the heck. Lite head. Malty aroma. Malty taste. Chewy, some hops, but not the first thing you will say after a sip. Little bitterness on the finish. Nice barley!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
2002 version. Medium amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malts and nuts. A full bodied Barley wine. Malts are nutty and sweet, Hops are slightly bitter and somewhat citrusy. Well balanced. Very smooth. Body is very full and thick. Kind of chewy. Finishes very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
Pours dark ruby with a thick head. Alcohol nose. Hoppy but not too hoppy. A perfectly balanced ale with essence of dried fruits and caramel. A huge beer that is at the level of Old Horizontal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Amber-foxy; thick yellowish head, collapsing. Nose of preserved (confits) dessert fruit, sugared oranges, Mandarine Napoléon. Hop punch, about an inch below the beltline. Malty underbuild, roasted malt. Liqueurish flavour, aperitif wine. Dry and sweet at the same time. Hops keep going on. Quite good. But for a barley wine, I could do with some more spiciness and dark malts, something plumpudding-like…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2003
Another very good barley wine I'm becoming jaded. Strong northwestern hops presence with their typical citrus notes. Sweet and thick but on the lighter side of the many of the American barley wines. Mildly fruity with a wee bit of brown sugar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2003
2002 bottling. Bittersweet aroma, with very light toffee, orange peel, toasty malt, light berry, faint alcohol, something like sassafras(?!) and spicy hop. Clear, medium copper in color with a settling head and sparse lacing. Flavor is initially malty with some brown sugar sweetness, becoming a bit more fruity and spicy and then finishing with a nice addition of hops, spicy, resinous, very faintly citric and piney. Aftertaste is malty and sweet with abundant hop bitterness, faint orange and the warmth of alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2003
A deep muddy brown murky hazy tone with a mountain of brown head. Has an aroma of spices, nuts, chocolate and alcohol. Tastes buttery, bitter, even some bile seems to be present. Too hoppy for a barleywine though. Has a creamy finish, and the aftertaste of jager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2003
Thick, smooth, and malty - a very full palate to deal with here; and it's brightened up by a huge amount of sharp citrusy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Lustrous red orange color with a thick caramel head. Lovely hop aroma with a delightful, subtle malt interplay. This is not a barley wine--how could it possibly be? This, if not an IPA, is an American Strong Ale--and a paridigm for the style. Awesome profusion of hops imparted with a fruity peach flavor. The alcohol is excellently masked. I will be taking this one with me to Golden Gardens grill outs this summer. Superb.

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