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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 winter’s night.


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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1317) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2012 vintage. Hazy amber color. Sweet and tart citrus aroma. Taste is lightly bitter citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of sweet malt and bourbon. Finishes with a tart citrus aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4005) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Pours a slightly ruddy ruby orange with one finger of sandstone tan head. Nose is very rich and malty, notes of caramel and toasted grain, brown sugar, and dextrin. Notes of caramel and brown sugar, burnt sugar in a way. Some toasted grain, bready and sweet malt. Some bitterness comes through. Medium full body with a medium heat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours muddy brown with thin off white head. Nose/taste of figs, dates, vanilla, light whiskey, oak, molasses, toffee and caramel. Full mouth feel. Finishes a little "hot" with some warming alcohol. Otherwise smooth and flavorful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 2, 2012
22oz, Dec 2009 vintage with Don Younger on the label. Pours thick dark brown, 1/2" of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of vanilla, molasses, slight caramel and figs or dates. Full bodied on the palate, malty vanilla bourbon oak assault with a lingering caramel/vanilla/toffee aftertaste. There’s a slight hint of alcohol, but not much for a big beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a deep ruby/brown with light tan foam. Smells sweet of caramel, cherries and bourbon with a warmth of alcohol. Tastes sweet and almost salty with strong caramel flavors and hints of aged white cheddar/bacon and ends with a slightly smokey alcohol burn.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Left over after Hard Liver 2011.   Nice amber, moderate to large tannish head, super nice lacing.   Soft alcohol, a little malty, otherwise some citrusy notes.   Slight heat, a little bland not real hoppy or malty.   Seems a little soft for a Barley Wine.   A little chicken coop on the finish.   Seems a little too soft on the exit.   Yeah, this one overall was not big enough to really capture me.   Not off, but not very big either.   Would like to revisit in the future.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Pours dark copper with a rich tan head and a sweet molasses aroma. There is a smooth syrupy caramel flavor with a slighlty bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2011. Ruddy brown pour. Nose has a perfect balance - sweet, candy-coated fruit, with some booze and a hint of citrus rind behind. The flavor is boozier and hoppier - a really acerbic note behind subdued caramel, and the whole flavor is just more dilute than I hoped. Great start - but it falls flat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2010
2010-07-01. Hazy brown body with modest beige head. 3+ Flavour starts malty with a good dose of bitterness in the finish, touch muddled (or is it just me?), bitterness grows as the glass goes on. 6+ Modest aroma, malty with light hop character. 6+ Average plus palate. Decent, but the overall mix of the flavours doesn’t quite come together for me today. 2008 Vintage on the sign, 2009 in the Festival Guide, On tap at Seattle International Beer Festival

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3079-20100702] Sample. Fruity grains aroma. Hazy, dark brown red body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet grainy fruit malt flavour. Medium body. Nice, drinkable.
(Vintage 2008 @ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)


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