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RATINGS: 963   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
profane (40) - - DEC 17, 2005
Nice sweet smell, maybe caramel. The alcohol is not so "heavy" (in the taste)... very long end, bitter. I don’t like so much the foam, disappear too quickly. Is a good beer, too early for me to find other characteristics!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duganc (17) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Wow. A toffee-sweet initial taste that settles with a slight resinous hop bite. Pours a deep copper that holds lacing on the tulip glass. Aroma of honey. A bargain price too for a BW bomber - 5.99 - at my local beer haunt. Among the top BWs I’ve had. Like it a lot. Will be getting at least 6 btls to put away.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1906) - - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with a large off white head. Lots of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
paintedmaple (499) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
Tap...I was hoping for something a little more balanced...but this was overly candy sweet without the bitterness to round it out. OK for the style but not for me.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1941) - Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2015
A little on the thick side but as it is with bw. Good sweet currant tastes with a high alcohol. In line with expectations.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingaugusta (17) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Pours copper with a quick off-white head and a typical American barley wine nose. Flavor is predictable but deep, with lots of sweet barley, sharp, bitter hops, some alcohol warmth, and just a touch of roastiness on the backside. Long, dry finish. Excellent example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1019) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2015
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter glass From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif. Price: $4.59 Purchased: April 27, 2015 Consumed: April 27, 2015 Misc.: 2015 release Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki, tan, rocky head. Good looking bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.13) First smell and I could tell it was a Lagunitas beer. Kind of how like I can always tell it’s a New Belgium or Sam Adams (that’s not a bad thing, just saying). Got sugary caramel, brown sugar, toffee, semi-boozy rye, Cascade and floral. Kind of reminded me of a Brown Shugga’ and Lagunitas Sucks. (Smell - 4.00) Taste followed the nose with candied sugar, brown sugar, caramel, Citra, light earthy rye, floral, Citra, Cascade, light molasses, toffee and light grapefruit late. (Taste - 3.88) Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, hoppy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00) This was a pretty good American Barleywine. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00) 3.95 89 B+

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1033) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle at DLD shared by Chudwick. Seemed really hoppy and sweet for a barley wine. Boozey. Solid, but doesn’t stay true to style, but great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ktownclown (12) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2015
Pours Amber, with decent head retention, caramel, floral, very smooth for the alcohol content, somewhat sweet but not overdone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2354) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2015
DLD bottle share - words words words rainy. Easy to drink. Decent overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redtechnj (245) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2015
Appearance- Clear amber with a thick,fluffy off white head, Excellent lacing and good head retention. Aroma- sweet, malty, ripe dark fruits, caramel, hops Flavor- Sweet and smooth, creamy mouth feel, sweet caramel malts, hoppy, nice alcohol with a big bitter finish.


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