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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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This beer is brewed in late Spring and aged in our refrigerator till mid Fall. This beer is typically released in early November. This beer is a whooping! 10.3% ABV. O.G. 1.101.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a deep brown with decent head and scant lacing. Sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Very sweet beer with a nice combination of flavors - caramel, strong organic vanilla, raisin, and a mild spicy hop bitterness. A smooth, thick alcohol presence in the finish dominates the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2007
This milk chocolate colored brew gives off a candyish aroma like gumdrops with some caramel, toffee. Tastes like a turtle candy from a bottle. Nary a drop of bitterness. Subtle, not overly dense, which I like in a barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2007
This beer pours a dark cola like color, with a minimal tannish white head. Light banana notes along with a nutty almost tofee like smell. The alcohol is very subtle and continues on that way in the flavor. Great malty backbone with very little hops to speak of. The nice nuttiness appears with a little alcohol burn towards the end. Hands down the best Lake Superior beer I have had, and a nice change of pace from most hop-bomb barleywines.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark reddish brown color with a creamy head that quickly dissapates. Much fruit is present in the initial noise and lingers on the pallate with a clean finish. Very light on hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Murky brown river water looking brew. If you held a Trappist up next to this in a blind test it would be very hard to tell them apart. This is far away from most BWís as this is loaded with Massive dark fruitiness and some spice.ZERO hops which isnít what you might think you should detect in a BW.Some toffee.Flavor is a little raw and these need some cellaring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
12 oz. bottle Thanks to My Santa. Dark in color with not a huge head. Aromas were wonderful toffee and molassas. Flavors of roastiness and more molassas. Chocolate notes too. not a lot of hop on the finish. Very tasty stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1175) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
This is a really nice treat to enjoy in the cold weather. The appearance is dark with almost nonexistent head and no lace. Taste is chocolate and toffee, with a hint of butterscotch. Yummy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 This beer pours a wonderful opalescent ruddy brown, with orange and irovy fringes. Almost no head. From a distance, Iím getting strong wafts of banana. Closer up, the aroma morphs into a raisin and brandy concoction, with sherry, strong vinous notes, and more banana. Unfortunately, the aroma is a little reserved. Flavor is a strong cream, cherries and brandy, with an almost pithy dry fruit soapy bitterness, that lingers from the hops which almost come out of nowhere at the backend of the profile. Mostly a profusion of fruit, that is sustained, balanced by dry and grassy hop notes in the background. The malt character and profile seems to seep into the shadows. An interesting panacea of ills, with a strong fruit presence, that remains somewhat muddled. The palate is smooth, creamy and yet bright; the hop dryness not making an appearance until the smack and finish. I do appreciate the way that hops play a role in this beer. Alcohol doesnít hurt nor help this beer. Missing a little depth and complexity.

2005. 12oz Bottle. Five years later, a different place, a different time, a different life. Iím actually surprised with how well this beer (and myself) have held up. The oxidation is noticeable, but not off-putting, and had it gone on too much longer, would have ruined this beer entirely. The caramels, graham cracker, and browned sugar syrup have really melded together. Itís lightly sweet, somewhat flat, very soft, and warming, as it should be. This is a decent example of a well-aged Barleywine, I think. Something to enjoy in preparation for a brief trip home.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
hey_kevin gave this one to me about a month ago, thanks Kevin.
a very nice surprise of a BW. pours a deep dark brown with a rich foamy tan head which fades to a velvety ring of lace. aroma of caramel & molasses. slightly sticky on the lips and is medium to almost full bodied. flavor is of the caramel, some molasses, fig newtons & raisins with some hop bitterness on the tail end. BW lovers need to give this one a try!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2005
06.07.05 12oz bottle, trade, thanks to footbalm. Clouded maple pour under thin tan head. Unusual aroma of caramelized banana, orange marmalade, brown sugar, spiced rum, and something along the lines of a honey-lemon cough drop. Weird, but good. Flavor is less complex but equally good with plenty of dark toffee, nougat, some milk chocolate, and all offset by an intriguing heat from bitter hops and biting alcohol. Underlying notes of roasty nuts and mild coffee. Could certainly improve with age to mellow out the rather sharp finish. A treat, and a nice surprise. Thanks Eric!


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