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Legend Barleywine (2009 and later)
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 468   ABV: 15.6%
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2009 vintage: 15.3% ABV

2010 vintage: 15.6% ABV


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Legendís barleywine is a massive affair, pouring a murky dark mahogany, the huge alcohol content supports a small fizzy head for only a fleeting moment. Aroma is complex and rife with whiskey, raisins, coffee, prunes, and dark cherry. Hot with alcohol and quite bitter, the hops still donít have the umpf to cut the huge amount of sweet malt here.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1417) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Norfolk (2009 bottle at 15.3%). Brownish orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of tangerines, caramel, sweet malt, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is big and alcoholic; whiskey comes to mind first with this one. Some citrus and vanilla in the flavor as well. Noticeable alcohol warming. Not my favorite barleywine but certainly a strong effort from Legend.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
(Sample Date: 11/7/2010 Source:Legend Brewery) Richmond Beerhistoric Tour. Legend 2010 Barleywine. Grape notes with a slight sourness in the aroma with spicy yeast character and caramelized sugars. Very clear golden with ring of white head. Flavor follows aroma with a medium finish that dries quickly and a bit of warming.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Draught at Legend Brew Co. Copper Orange with thin orange-white head. Big hop citrus aroma with a lot of booze and floral hop notes... also some sweeter caramel malt. Flavor dominated by sweet syrup and booze...NO balance

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foxbush (1268) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
12 oz bottle 13% abv purchased at Libbie Market. The barlywine poured a deep reddish brown. Very little head and a sweet aroma of prunes or plums. The higher alcohol has a numbing affect as you drink the ale. Sweetness of prunes and raisins with little or no hops in the taste. Medium body with soft carbonation. Smooth finish a sweet aftertaste. This is local a product but a class of beers that I have limited experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2010
Impressive at 15.3. Certainly a beer that would do better with some bottle refinement. On tap this beer is abrasive. Not overly sweet or bitter, itís incredibly well-balanced for such power. Legend should experiment more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle at the Houston BA Tasting in October. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Nose is of roast malt and caramel malt. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is chewy, yet sticky sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2009
22oz bottle, 2009 edition, from total wine in norfolk. pours a syrupy, reddish copper with a thin, whispy white head leaving a ring of lace. aroma is very nice and very sweet with notes of toffee malts, red berries, honey, vanilla icing, boozy cognac, and hints of candied pineapple. flavor is surprisingly nice and not nearly as sweet as the aroma with notes of orange citrus, apple cider, and sweet toffee with hints of earthy hops, cherry brandy, and a sweet, malty finish. palate is full bodied and very sticky with some hot booze but not 15.3% hot. overall, a solid bold, fruity barley wine from the legend guys.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (991) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of fig and raisin, molasses, and toasted sugar. Flavor is dark fruits galore with slight booziness. Finish is a little warm from the abv but still long and rich. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Aromas of raspberries, cherries, blackberries, black cherries, and cola, with a subtle nuance of vanilla. Appearance is almost black, with purplish tint, and off-white/light tan head foam. Taste is quite sweet and fruity, with flavors similar to Australian Shiraz, with slight notes of nuts and toffee, and a booze-driven spiciness. A plump, lively carbonated beer, fruity and boozy with very slight hop prevalence, and an off-dry, fruity, lingering finish. Attests very well (as I can only imagine) to the old English standard that beers can be crafted, absolutely, in order to sit side-by-side with complex European wines.


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