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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (751) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
12oz bottle, pours dark reddish brown. Some fruit and malts in the nose. Malt flavors mixed with caramels, followed by well blended hops in the background. overall, quite smooth with a lot of burn from the alcohol in the finish. Nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (970) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangey brown. Half a finger of head that recedes to a ring. Nose is very hoppy, red fruit sticky. Nice caramel, butterscotch taste. Pretty good I have to say, the taste isnít too heavy on the hops and itís nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2874) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. Hazy brown. A little alcoholic, apple and some chocolate aroma, chocolate, earthy taste - rich and lingering. Smooth, full-bodied, hardy any carbonation and long, chocolate-like finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy mud color with a small tan head. Heavy malt nose, with sweet toffee, raisins and earth. Sweet, cloying malt, lo-med bitterness, juicy baked fruit, date honey, some alcohol, light milk chocolate, faint dulce de leche. Full body, hard to drink, not balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle. 5/25/13. Pours a deep translucent ruby color with a very thin white head. Aroma is bread, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, yeast, caramel, toffee. Taste is crisp, fresh; alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, earth, wood, lots of malt with a hint of citrus; finish is leather and fruit rind. No lacing. Mouth feel is big, rich, chewy. Medium carbonation; aggressive bubbles. Really high quality. Strong; though alcohol is considerably well-hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoesefat (312) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Aroma is deep, malty, and toasty. Pours clear dark orange with a creamy head. Deeply flavored with strong malt aftertaste, goes down thick and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2011 vintage, cellar temp. Incredible coca notes with sweet fruits and caramel. Spicy citrus with a milk chocolate flavor, ends with a sweet malt finish. One of my personal favorites; age worthy and always complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1031) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a reddy dark brown color. Strong malt and a bit of a harsh taste with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4366) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2013
Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 4/8/13

Aroma: The nose is heavy malty, sweet, a bit fruity, and with some boozy notes as well
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a beige head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is also plus sweet/malty with plenty of booze, similar to nose
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is fairly thick on the mouth, and finishes a bit warming
Overall Impression: This wasnít a favorite for me. It isnít a bad beer, but it certainly isnít a standout Barley Wine. Decent describes this one pretty well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1125) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
I couldnít tell if I was pouring beer into a pint glass or oil into my carís engine. Pours a murky deep amber color with a big, fat, fluffy, light tan head. The head kept growing even after Iíd finished my pour. I was worried Iíd gotten too aggressive and that my desk next to my keyboard was going to be sticky for a while. Toffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon rolls on the nose. A thick, slick liquid swells in your mouth with the first pull. A lot of sweet stuff in there. Not enough alcohol flavor or warmth to account for the 11% ABV. There is a bit of tartness that cuts the sweet explosion. The tartness, mind you, is the same youíd get from a sweet cherry sucker and not from an unripe banana or a grapefruit. My only criticism is that it finishes a little too quickly. Once it does finish, thereís a bit of bitter alcohol that remains on the tongue. Not bad though.

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