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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Brewed in small 10-barrel batches with Certified Organic barley malt, this crimson hued ale has a sweet caramel nose with a zesty spicy, citrus taste. It has a slight hop finish and leaves a warm, tingling sensation on the tongue.A great winter warmer!

Malts Used: Organic Barley
Boiling Hops: Columbus, Brewerís Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewerís Gold, Perle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
12 oz bottle. Appearance: very dark amber color (almost Porter-like), with lots of stirred up sediment. Aroma: malty and smokey, with hints of burned caramel, dates, and toast. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3422) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 2013 bottle. Very dark brown with a fat coat of beige head that disappears after a while. A: Spiced rummy fruitcake aroma with orange peel. Oily, lowish carbonation. Rich toffee and dried fruit, fruitcake spices, citrus peel. Some Oloroso notes, but nothing really cardboardish. Bitterness stands out a bit much at the end. Not bad. Suspect there will be a brief window in the next year when it will be pretty good. [3.4]

Another try and itís pretty charming. Robust and tasty rather than deep and refined. Dark fruits and toffee, enough bitterness to keep it from being oversweet. I like that itís a beer and not a cocktail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma is sweet malt. Caramel also. Sweet and really malty. Toffee. Alcohol is present. Finishes clean. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours the thinnest head on a dark brown body. The aroma is grain, both dry and wet, honey and slight barnyard. Nice. The taste is malty but not too sweet. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a sticky sweet note and a little alcohol heat. The texture is thicker and sticky. Itís got a nice alcohol heat but the rest of the flavor is muddled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2014
Quite nice and aromatic. Spiced and thick in shape. A hint of bread and malty sweetness in it all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (478) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours opaque brown with a frail head that arises only after a vigorous pour; rum fruitcake on the nose; sweet viscous palate and oily bitter finish. Good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9684) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
a few years ago i had my friends do a blind tasting of a year old, and a new release old stock. they all picked the year old. that yearís john barleycorn, fresh, was mature like the year old old stock, but my friends, once they knew what it was, wou;dnít give it the nod. old stock has gotten even better, with JB (maybe) at best standing pat, but i still think itís good, and itís nice to not have to drop $6-10 on a single 22 oz bottle."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2014
small beige head dark brown pour mild carbonation aromas caramel toffee citrus pine syrup apricot flavours alcohol brandy like apricot citrus grapefruit medium bitter toffee grain smoothness resin packs a punch in taste the finish best tastes malt alcohol bitter hop crispness wonderful stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1292) - - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and toffee. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin light brown head and good lacing. Sugary sweet barley with notes of caramel to start. Very rich, thick mouthfeel. Very smooth finish with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Rich, flavorful barleywine.

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