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RATINGS: 1224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing aluminum and his breath smelled like a burning tractor tire. There was a wrenching knot somewhere between his liver and East St. Louis and he couldn’t be sure whether or not he’d wet himself. A yellow sine wave rang in his ears so loud nit made his teeth itch and he was sure that if he touched his skin anywhere it would induce a rhythmic retching jag. Even in the face of all that, he found himself smiling at the realization that today represented the fresh breast of a new year- an undiscovered country- and also there was still one warm, half-full, flat redolent Hairy Eyeball on the nightstand. Yes-there is a God.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2014
No faults with this strong, brown ale. Full bodied, malty with a hint hops at the finish. Reminds me of an old ale but milder. That's a juxtaposition, sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kirkwwjd (3) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
Loved this beer, poured from 22oz bottle. Was very surprised. Taste very similar to a Barley Wine. Wife and I just discovered one in Portland and now are seeking them out. Dark strong beer, very hoppy. Stronger the taste the better..This is my first review and will stay away from the usual, I either like a beer or not and cannot distinguish between all of smells & taste, I know what I like...Maybe that has something to do with be color blind! Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickerbocker (13) - USA - DEC 4, 2002
Man for a New Yorker brought up on the old east coast beers and ales to have been able to experience a deep, satisfying, rich, hearty, bitter - sweet, excellent brew from Petaluma. This is what it’s all about. Have I died and gone to Ale heaven?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
lucent mahogany, lasting dense tan head, creamy full body, medium co2.

aroma: creamy hops.

taste: very caramely malt, tobacco leaf hops, a bit of oaky sweetness.

great creamy body, perfectly balanced, hides alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jriggenbach (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007 does not count
One of the best winter ales brewed in America. It won’t be everyone’s favorite, but you owe it to yourself to give it a try, particularly if you’re a lover of barleywine style ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RoyalVagrant (3) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010 does not count
I have been waiting all year for this. Finally on tap at the Petrol station in Houston.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (328) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours deep-red copper with a small, lacy off-white head. Caramel, cooked medjool dates, christmas cake malts in the aroma. Full-bodied dark fruit and caramel malts on the palate with just the right amount of CO2. Malty, refreshing carbonation on the finish. Would go well as a desert beer alongside of sticky toffee pudding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (170) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a lovely brown with almost no head. Has a molasses aroma with a nice sweet taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Gorgeous deep mahogany color. Full head. Poured very thick from the bottle. Spicy aroma with lots of malt, caramel, and ’C’-hops. Surprisingly no alcohol aroma or flavor. This is a full-frontal assault on the palate. Caramel, toffee, dark chocolate. Full bitterness balanced by a mouthful of malt. Thick and creamy. Friggin’ excellent! This used to be on tap for $3.50 a pint at the Covered Wagon and believe me, I walked out wrecked every time I went there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle aged for 18 months before opening. I bought the orignal 6-pack and drank most of it, but decided to save a bottle since I thought it was a little rough at first go. What a difference the time made! This is one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Nice port aroma with flavors of vanilla, port, espresso, and hops. A rich creamy mouthfeel that starts off like a stout and finishes like a barleywine. The flavors were all perfectly integrated; the sweetness was not cloying and the hop finish was potent but not rough or overwhelming. some of the higher-hopped strong ales tend to leave alot phlegm in the back of the throat, but this one finished clean and smooth like good Sumatra Mandehling despite the obviously high alpha. I really didn’t expect much from aging as it appears to be filtered, so was very surprised. I highly recommend putting a few of these away for a little while.

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