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RATINGS: 992   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 15/20
larsniclas (5996) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour, bubbly head. Sweetish grassiness. SOft and smooth. Very malty with licorice. Late, dry bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Many thaniks to Larry Pitonka for the bomber. Very classy crisp red body with a thin head to it. Quite the attractive beer. Aroma gives me a big whiff of the pleasentres of barleywines; heavy enough malt character it makes my back hurt, strong citrus profile that could hurt a small child. Flavor is just as large, heafty in all departments. There is a strong fruity, almost english strong ale presence, but its too robust to be one. It helps develope that sense from the large amount of hops presence. I’ve had hoppier beers, but you can only appriciate so much. This beer seems to bring it right up to the brink. Again, thanks for the beer André.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5165) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 The body is dark ruby. The vanilla ice cream colored head is frothy and thick. The aroma is rich caramel with a little bit of fresh hay. There is also some light cheese. The taste is rich carmel with some iced tea. There is also a nice chocolate note. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. The rich and full mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this in a trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour. Marzipan and alcohol in aroma. Fullbodied mouthfeel and very smooth with quite some bitterness. Residual sugars, slight apricot and also citrusy. Feels reminiscent to Bigfoot but not as fresh hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Floral, orange-blossom, pine, grapefruit hops are strong in the nose. Clear, mahogany-brown with a light ring of tan head. Thick, sugary, malt flavour with resinous bitterness and strong fruity esters. Medium body with low carbonation. Straight-forward and enjoyable. Bottle enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
Dark redish amber colour, with a thick yellow head. Hoppy nose with hints of almond. Rounded flavour, great bitterness. Slight alcoholic. Fruity, citric, acidic flavour. Sticky mouthfeel. Excellent palate. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
Couleur ambrée parsemée d’une dense mousse blanche et crémeuse. Profil aromatique plutôt houblonné, floral, résineux et agrumes sous un fond oublié de mousse de tourbe et de terre. Profil gustatif penchant plus vers le sucre, réminiscent du sucre à la crème et de la cassonade, tout en conservant une bonne part de résine et d’amertume. Alcool facilement perceptible en retro-olfaction. Nettement moins sucré que leur Brown Sugga.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Pours clear, reddish carbonated body beneath a headless body. Nose is warming. Malty and iodine flavour. A real letdown from such a famed brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - 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 I’m looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2622) - 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!

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