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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A very intense strong ale with a malty body and plenty of caramel, dried fruit and roast flavors. This is the ideal beer to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2009
On tap at The Horse Brass. Colour... dark brown a little head. Nose... caramelized sugar, dates and treacle. Palate... some carbonation, brown sugar, booze, oak, vanilla, marshmallow, dried stone fruits and a moderately long finish. Hardly seems like 11% ABV!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Notes from Seattle International Beer Festival. Nice and mild barleywine. Smooth, drinkable and remarkably mellow for only a one-year-old BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6471) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Draft at the Horse Brass. This is a big, bold barleywine meant to drink fresh. Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy, dark tan head. Big roasty, toasty, resiny, piney nose. Thick, chewy, creamy body. The nuts, toast, roast, dark malts, dark pitted tree fruits, and sharply resiny hop all work together across a dense and satisfying mid-palate. Nothing too sharp about the hops; they’re not there to age for years; they’re there to enjoy now. It’s a big and very intense PNW style barleywine that would probably age in some interesting ways, but really feels good to go right now, today. Hides the 11% incredibly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
This is one big beer. Sampled at the brewpub. Very sweet, but overall their best offering. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. Pours deep amber with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is a mix of figs, prunes and dates to go along with aged chewy malts and faint wood. Good nose yet a bit modest in strength. Very nice taste that will yield increased goodness with more age. I get musty dusty dates, yams, figs and prunes. Before midway the barrel notes rise up with bourbon, vanilla and oak adding to the complexity. Well balanced flavors that demand additional quaffings. I could sip this all day/night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draft. Toffee color with a dark cream colored head. Rich malt aroma with light darker malts. Caramel, piney/lt grapefruit flavor with light darker malts. medium-plus bodied. Caramel lingers with light pine/grapefruit and light darker malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at the 5th Quadrant location. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a solid off white head. A sugary malt aroma with a bit of a pine smell behind it and some earthy notes. Mild alcohol taste with a very creamy mouthfeel and a bitter hop finish. Solidly balanced barleywine that I would drink every winter with no qualms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Draught. Poured dark brown/red with a thick off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and old sugar. Malty and caramelly flavour with some coffee notes. Lingering unsweetened coffee finish. Sip this and savour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Hard Live 08. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nice looking brew. The aroma has some light roast and dark malt sweetness accompanied by earthy and piney hops. Earthy hop flavors, roasted malt, chocolate, moderate sweetness and a great medium hoppy finish in the form of earth and pine. Alcohol is not overpowering but a pleasant accompaniment. Balanced and drinkable. One of my faves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2008
PIB, tap... Poured dark, reddish/brown with a beige head. Aroma is very unique, like bitter, tart cheese and cocoa. Palate is intense and assaults the mouth (one that clears the nasal passage way). Flavors of warming, smooth alcohol while buttery toffee-malt that comes to play, and some bittering hops. Nice to take slow and very enjoyable.

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