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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 winterís night.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 barleywine festival in portland... pours a dark brown with a red hue, no head whatsoever, i think because it was brewed in 1998, it lost most of its carbonation. Strong taste of cedar, burbon, and hops. Smooth as silk and no taste of alcohol whatsoever. awesome barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (865) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2008
draft at the Bottom. aroma of plums, brown sugar, oak. Light tan head on a dark brown, barely translucent body. thick in the mouth a little under carbonated. a desert beer--dark cherry, dark milk chocolate & caramel. could use just a bit of hop edge & a shade more malt complexity

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Rich dark fruit aroma. Near opaque brown color with a lightly lacing tan head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very sweet dark fruit flavor (pruney) with roasted malt and arguably some floral hop. It is, perhaps, a near equivalent of Old Peculier.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap at the Hedge House in Portland, Oregon--Ultra dark brown viscus body with a thin tan-gray gripping head. Potent hops and rich caramel malt nose. Big lacing in glass. Like a grapefruit soaked in chocolate and caramel. Warm, boozy, spicy hop finish. Yum!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
On draft; I asked the servers what they had that was at least as big and bold as the Double Bastard they had, and this fit the bill. Huge flavors, rich mouthfeel, actually sweet for a BW, almost like a peaty smoked Porter. For a BW, it presented very dark, more like a Porter in appearance. Most delicious, though really more of a sipping beer to slowly savor. This is about as big-flavored and hard-hitting a beer as Iíve had. Reportedly made for the Horse Brassís Don Younger.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
This was quite yummy. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, prunes and plums, with just the slightest bit of an almost kenya aa wineyness in the finish. Lots of nice brown sugar and candi notes are present throughout, with some molasses smoothed over fresh bread. Nice spicy hop bit when it is all said and done and I really enjoyed drinking this out of everyting else I tried.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
On tap at the Lucky Lab barleywine festival 2005. Pours a very dark mahogany/brown with a small off-white head. Slight oxidation shows in the nose, with some fruity esters and some molasses. Taste was sticky sweet with just a touch of hops in the finish, fairly smooth all-around flavor with not much alcohol present.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2003
rated 1/27/03 This was a very dark brown, some light coming through, with a thin off-white head that diminished quickly and left little lacing, served in a wine glass. A light malt/alcohol nose, malty sweet flavors up front, and slightly bitter finish that was just a bit cloying, with the alcohol noticable throughout. Good high ABV but could have been masked better, but still better than most small brewpub barleywines.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2128) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 24, 2002
Dark foam, black, creamy, roasty, coffee, caramel, dusty. Body is light and drinkable. Thereís a whole lot here. An interesting hint of smoke. Seems lighter in alcohol than the other barley wines tasted here at the Toroís barley wine fest.


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