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RATINGS: 984   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
The Lure:
Grassy hops and creamy grapefruit are tickled by pine combs and black pepper. The approach is mostly hoppy, maybe because this 2004 vintage is still young.

The Festivities:
Resinous, grassy and citrusy hops blend well with candied fruit and earthy cereal. A creamy mouthfeel ensues, as brash hop bitterness nears chalkiness after a while. I prefer it to their Brown Shugga, slightly.

Another competent staffer from Lagunitas, always original too, yet not quite exactly what Iím looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2610) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Twenty aught 4 vintage. Medium sized tan head, good retention and some spotty laceing. Clear, deep amber hued ale, a real looker of a beer. Nose is nicel fruity, hoppy with citrus, a touch of pine and medium sweet malts, doughy. Med/full body, slick, lightly oily, laid back citrus and pine flavors propped up with a gentle maltiness. Finish is mostly dry, spicey and lasting. A nicely balanced and highly quaffable brew. The fatmanrocks! Thanks Derek!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (910) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Admittedly this was a tough one for me to rate; just couldnít figure out the flavors. However, I will say this is a good BW. Sweet aroma. Slight alcohol bite that dies down as it warms up. Smooth palate. Plum flavors maybe??? The 9.7% ABV packs a punch. However, in the end this one is just entirely too sweet to drink again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Strong Alcohol aroma, especially as the beer warmed up. Fairly sugary/syrupy. Hops come through on the aftertaste. Fairly average barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle. Although it lacked any foam at all, it had such a gorgeous orange amber color I rated the apperance higher. Nice malty aroma, alcohol whiffs up as well. A nice syrupy sweet malty flavor with a decent balance of bitter, quite easy going down, though you know it has a kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Thx to elnadeau for sharing. big sticky sweet malty nose and flavor. Poured w/o head w/ a clear amber body. Very easy drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2005
2004 Vintage. Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a see through reddish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and fruits. Light citrus in the background Medium sweet. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
22oz Bomber 2004. Clear glowing ruby red with a small head that fades to a mear splattering of film floating on top. Wonderful fruity malt aroma with notes of vanilla, figs, grapes and caramel. Hops are subdued yet add a nice touch. Oh my god the palate on this one is to die for. Full and silky smooth, soft like cotton ballsfloating in your mouth. One of the best bodies I can recall in this style. Flavor is a malty treat and this one seems as though itís been resting awhile. Delicious flavor of fruity malt, caramel, vanilla and tangy hops. Bitterness is held to a minimum. Overall maybe the best BW Iíve ever had. Iím glad Kaggie9 7 sent me two of these. Thanks man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8425) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
Pours deep ruby/coppery with minimal head. Complex aroma of fruit, berries, figs, toffee, alcohol, and cabernet. Tastes full-bodied, with tons of fruit and a slightly astringent finish as it warms. The alcohol appears, but it never impedes the fruit, malt, or hops. Good complexity. I donít see this as an elite barleywine, but it is one of the better ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 fresh, 2005. Golden brown colour. Aroma mixes candy, earth, caramel. Rich body, with lots of chewy malts, earth and light fruity notes (peach, pear). Balanced, vibrant. 6-3-7-4-15 = 3.5

2007, aged for 7 years. Cloudy amber-brown. A lot of chewy, slightly toasty malts, hints of hop spice, touch of alcohol late. A lot of chewy and some alcohol...dash of chocolate...well itís not improved with age or anything else. 2 6 6 2 11.

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