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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A rare blend of rye malts gives a spicy complexity to a brew with the unforgettable depth of an American barleywine ale.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big red fruits, dark fruits, hints of oak, rye, slight dark caramel and toffee notes, slight grass, spice. Taste is a mix of sweet red and dark fruits, hints of oak, slight rye, spice notes into some caramel, slight molasses and hints of booze. Pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1078) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-25-13. Sweet aroma features caramel, milk chocolate, and cherry vanilla scents. A bit of citrus tartness but mostly creamy sweetness in the smell. Quite pleasant aroma. Pours reddish brown. Highly effervescent. Small to moderate amount of dark taupe head. Nice look. Boozy, sweet, tart, umami flavor features caramel, lemon, rhubarb, barbecue sauce, and a bit of pepper elements. Dry, hot aftertaste. Heat in the back of the throat. Full body. Fizzy and frothy in the palate. There was a couple months of aging on this bottle. I expected more spiciness, and I would not have guessed it was a rye-based beer. That’s unfortunate, but I still enjoyed the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (280) - - SEP 6, 2013
Dark copper, clear and luminous, Full body, smooth palate, avg length. Sweet, with a hint of bitterness, honeyed aftertaste. Satisfying but not exciting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmellison (411) - Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2013
bottle courtesy of arminjewell. aroma is dark fruit and biscuity malts. taste is sweet and fruity and really sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2672) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle - Deep ruby pour with a thin film of light tan head. Nose is butter toffee, a bit of plastic, light baking spice, and dry dark bread. Taste is sweet and caramelly, with rye spiciness, buttery dark bread, and a long, warm finish. Hides the 10% well with a big slick body. Didn’t expect to like this one, but it was quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8944) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Dark brown pour, tan head. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors, some well integrated boozy notes, raisins, dates. Nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (361) - - AUG 8, 2013
Fruit, booze and lightly bready aroma. Pours a very dark ruby or garnet red with a thin light tan head. Dark fruit sweet with a slight yeast or bread flavor. Hints of spice. Crisp on the finish with a little warmth and ester.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2186) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Poured this at a good temperature with a smallish, tan, short-lived head and no lace. Color is a lovely, clear mahogany with some slow bubble trails. Aroma is a heavenly malt, rye up front with spice, and fruit behind. Flavor’s like nose, rye fruit and malt sweet dominate with a little tang. Not much in the way of hops, which is out of character for an American barley wine style even if it is rye instead of the barley. Body and carbonation are in character and ok. Finish is like flavor, slowly diminishes, and alcohol comes out sneakily at the very end. Decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5983) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a foamy head. Dark fruit and bread. Raisin. Lightly sweet. Medium carbonation. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, ruddy brown with a dense, creamy toasted marshmallow head. The aroma was on the malty side with reddish fruits and biscuity malts paired with spicy rye, another layer of rich dark fruit meat, and light herbal hoppage.. alcohol was very well hidden.. very nice. The flavor found dark fruit, molasses, and biscuity malts at the core, with slightly tacky dark fruit skins, light peppery alcohol, and rye around.. a bit muddled on the finish, and the rye addition didn’t necessarily help or hurt it there. Medium-plus bodied with rolling carbonation through the middle of the palate.. got caught up in a few places, so the flow wasn’t great.. overall a tasty brew.


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