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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
brokensail (12939) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ home via Secret Krampus courtesy toss from Andy. Mahogany pour with a short lived khaki head. This smells like Red Man chewing tobacco. Smoke, caramel, band aids, and candied orange peel. W@? Tastes of tobacco, beef jerky, smoke, and plastic. This is gross. According to vacax: "the lake may be superior, but this beer is a fucking piece of shit."

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12324) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle from Guerde - thanks man! Pours very dark brown/amber with a creamy off-beige head. Aroma seems woody. And smoky. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is woody, smoky, lightly brown sugar. It’s near dry. It finishes smoky and a bit bitter. A little chocolate after a long time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12045) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks OSLO) Small off-white head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some raisin, light orange, tea. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, tea, earthy/orange, raisin. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light resin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

clear dark brown, scant off white head, drippy lace, sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops, rich caramel malt flavor, touch of alcohol, good caramel sweetness, long earthy bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle... Dark, clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fruity, vinous nose with lots of dates and port. Dark fruit flavor with adequate bitterness. A touch boozy. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Pleasantly bitter, grassy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9766) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Ratebeer rating # 3,100. 12oz bottle acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!). Poured a deep and dark mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, earthy, caramel, light chocolate, light smoke and dark fruits. Tastes of toasted nuts, caramel, some dark fruits, and light chocolate. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice lacing left on the glass.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9100) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Hand written twist-off bottle 2008 vintage. It pours a dark brown with a big, creamy tan head. Nice lacing. The smell is dark and fruity. It is really nice. It is one of the better smelling BWs out there. The flavor is pretty good. A classic barleywine. Not overly alcoholic, just smooth and malty with some fruits, light hops and a lot of malt. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8503) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours burgundy with a nice head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, spice, toffee, and malt. Tastes malty, fruity, with nice sweetness. Finishes hoppy, fruity, with more cabernet. Very complex, with well hidden alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7897) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet sugars, and dark fruit. Medium palate, some carbonation. Taste is rich dark fruit, ABV is well hidden. Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7477) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with an attractive beige head and a smoky oaky molasses aroma. There is a very woody brown sugar flavor with a dry chocolate finish and a mild alcohol trail.


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