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RATINGS: 69   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1992) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cola color with a quick tight off white head that fades to a collar. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and spicy rye with some bread and warming scents. Taste has more spicy rye booze and caramel malts and bitters. Palate is full slick sticky crisp and finishes warming. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear dark red color with a very thin, almost non-existent light tan head and splotchy lacing. A little bit of a sheen on the beer. Aroma is potent and enjoyable, with scents of candied cherries, caramels, ham glaze, cherry popsicle stick, Flavor holds plenty of sweet candied cherry (hard candy), booze, spice, plum, perhaps toffee, and a lingering rye kick with some hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, carb is fine, and the booze never reaches the level of stinging. Overall a solid barleywine that I imagine would age fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2288) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle - pours dark ruby/amber with ivory/khaki head and decent lacing. Nose is rye and caramel. Sip introduces spices (more a like vegetable/spice/herb style) and vague fruitiness. very sweet. Not the body I come to expect from a barleywine. ABV is well hidden. Generally maltiness with a spice kick. I got what I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FriendOfBeer (96) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Deep leather red. Tastes like red wine, raisins, bitter aftertaste. Not very balance. Overall nothing striking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2092) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Clear chestnut pour with a thin, yellow cake colored head. Smells like toffee nuts and dark fruits simmering in port, sweet rum, burnt sugar, flaky dessert crust, herbal hops and some earthy, spicy, chocolatey grain. Flavor is big with sweet toffee nuts, dark caramel, lots of rum and date and fig laden dark fruit, roasted red apple, toasted maple, herbal hops, toasted marshmallow, enough booziness to keep it warm and tingly and sweet, earthy almost musty grain. Medium to heavy, syrupy body with a light, sharp carbonation. Really good. Nice and complex, interesting Barley Wine. It seems like it will be pretty great on an upcoming crisp autumn night with a nice cigar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (7271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1359) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (404) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2013
bottle courtesy of arminjewell. aroma is dark fruit and biscuity malts. taste is sweet and fruity and really sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3033) - 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.

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