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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6837) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
From the April 2014 3R6P gathering. +++ 2003 edition. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright caramel-orange color with a medium sized foamy white head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was toffee, molasses, honey and vague fruity hops. The flavor was tangy and fruity with notes of toffee, caramel, honey and a bit of pine. Medium length finish. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
On cask at Bierkraft. Decent barleywine, Understated hops. On the sweet side really, A sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Aroma is malts, very light DIPA-like pine and grains. The flavor is pale malts, fruit, mild peat notes and a thick and mildly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (1362) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Really nice aroma and smooth taste. The oak really comes through. Lingers just a little to long in the mouth. Good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2014
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a clear orange good with decent white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is oak and candy sugar. Light malt and sweet hop. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2013
2007 bottling sampled 2013.

The first of my two bottles, this pours golden with a decent head into a small Samichlaus snifter. Toffee and aged hops -- but less cheesy than would be the case with an overhopped American style barleywine -- dominate the aroma. Flavor is quite nice, the oak well-integrated (I was fearing over-the-top oak chips a la oak arrogant bastard, and that is definitely NOT what one gets here), relatively-low-for-a-barleywine abv well hidden on the tongue. Roughly the right degree of bitter metallic hops on the late finish.

I had basically zero hopes for this one, and relative to that Iím not only favorably impressed, Iím quite favorably impressed. This has aged very nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
2003 Bottle...pours a murky amber/caramel with a thin off white head. Aroma has light perfumey fruit and a touch of cardboard. Flavor has candied fruit, caramel, and cardboard. Mouthfeel is medium and watery with an earthy/candied fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2617) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
2009 bottle. Pours hazy golden brown with thin head. Smell is a rich big nose...caramel and prunes. Taste is some mild hop bite with caramel and some fruit structure. Dry oaky finish. Full body with nice mellow carbonation. Nice brew with 4 years on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Finally! one of my long searches came to an end when I sampled this at Raleigh Rare and Vintage 2013. Clear golden pour with a fair layer of near clear head. Lightly fruity aroma with some honey notes. Sweet and semi-syrupy. woody tannens and a bit boozy, but deceptively mellow and smooth. Definitely oxidized. Guess 10 years of sitting around can do that. Not as good as I was hoping for, but now I can finally tick it off the bucketlist!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (2229) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 14, 2013
Draught. This is a decent barley wine that just missed the marking in cracking the top tier of the style.

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