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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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This English-style Barleywine is fermented and aged for ten months and dry hopped for two months prior to packaging to give it a smooth mouth feel rarely found in the bitter American barleywines. Its copper color is the result of twelve house of boiling to caramelize the sugars and we also add five varieties of hops during an additional two hour boil. As you can see and taste, we brew this beer with the highest level of quality in mind. Please enjoy this warming barleywine with its warming flavors and hint of peat very responsibly. Malts: Pale, Crystal, Peated. Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Tettnanger, East Kent Goldings, Fuggles. 70 IBUs.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3943) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2003 bottle, rrbf. One of the few true vintage beers at the fest. I poured some for peeps for about 10 mins before Mary Eliza came by and regulated. haha. Definitely tastes like a nicely aged barley wine. Turns more English as it ages, losing its bitter hops and a gaining more brown sugar, dark fruit, and vanilla type flavors. Only lightly oxidized, thankfully. A little thin on the palate, but solid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle from 2003. Light copper color. Very smooth. Age has really mellowed this out. Not a cigar beer at this point. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (7666) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
Sampled at Rackhouse Pub, Denver CO, on October 10, 2012, during the event Colorado Rare Beer Tasting
2002 aged bottle
Hazy copper color, off-white head. Fruity, apricot scent. Fruity, apricot taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol.
Super nice, oh so nice, aged super.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1548) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Amber/copper pour..off white head. Nice caramel malts and sweetness, some molasses and a slight bit of vanilla. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rodenbach99 (3073) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Bouteille de 660ml (ou presque) partagée par le SlovakSniper. Édition 2009. Bière orangée avec un anneau de mousse. Le nez de ce barley wine est tout en bois. Il empeste le bois mouillé, la vieux fût de bourbon. Il reste une trace de fruits rouges derrière tout ce bois. La bouche est mince, liquide, mangé par la barrique. Le liquide est abrasif, piquant et acide. Les tanins sont d’une astringence digne d’une pelure de banane. Il y a trop de bois dans cette bière. 4+/10

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
on tap-pours amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is sweet medium malt, medium fruit, some spice. Taste is sweet medium malt, medium fruit, some spice, alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (6293) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 2, 2012
bottled, at rbesg08 grand tasting in pilsen. a somewhat underwhelming barley wine - standard amber, aroma of pine and caramel, generic american hop presence with a big whack of butterscotch. nothing to get excited about

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Murky orange-gold-amber in color. Woody-barley strength; woody, charcoal, honey and orange notes. Notes: GABF visit a few years back

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Hazy orange-amber pour into thick, foamy, beige head that slowly dissipates into melting lacing as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass into a swirling pool of foam. Aroma of malty caramel with hints of oaky citrus. Initial flavor of spice, cherry syrup, malty caramel, and sticky sweet citrus that slowly fades into a bitter hoppy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2012
A copper color with white head. Aroma contains some dark fruit, alcohol brandy maybe, and citrus. Flavor punches you in the face with alcohol and then some chocolate malts, caramel, cherries, and dark fruit. Some vanilla in the aftertaste. Its like 90 degrees in here but would be good for a cold day.


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