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RATINGS: 1248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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"Here’s Lookin’ Atcha’!"

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


5
   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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (185) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2014
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, with hints of brown sugar, caramel, raisin, biscuit, and maple. Taste/Palate: sweet; finishes slightly astringent and bitter.

4.9
   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!

4.7
   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?

4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (266) - orange, California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours a dark amber with a nice creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt some chocolate and some dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma accept more pronounced in the taste. Nice malty yummy beer Medium mouth feel. Super easy to drink and very tasty!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1957) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Very tasty. Strong malty flavours, with spicy notes. Alcohol is noticeable. Viscous.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (387) - 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.


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