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RATINGS: 592   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, Brewer’s Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewer’s Gold, Perle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2004 bottle pours a hazy garnet with an amber head. Aromas of apricots, cherries, malt, and some vinous notes. palate is a bit light for a barleywine. Very mild flavor for a barleywine. Ther are mild berry flavors, some licorice and a pleasing warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2004 Harvest: Murky brown with one tight row of bubbles for a head, this has a vinuous aroma of berries and alcohol. It’s a thick drink, sweet malt and dark fruit flavors with a burn of alcohol and a bite of earthy hop bitterness. With a sticky, burning finish, this actually isn’t that bad of a drink. And at a 9.5% ABV, I’m not gonna complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
04 bottle, very nice ripe berry aroma almost reminds me of a very estery belgian dubble, no head brownish red body, very sweet - overpowering berry flavor riding on waves of a medicinal backbone, light on the tongue with a bit of off handed bittering at the end that doesnt compliment the flavor much, overall it isnt bad - when it was fresh the flavor were more pronounced and melded together - 6 months out.. the body has kind of fallen apart

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This was a 1997 harvest bottle tasted 10/7/04. This poured a murky brown with no head and no lace. Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol and vinegar scent coming from it. At this point I was pretty sure this would taste like crap. Sour, strong alcohol and vinous is about all I can say to describe the taste. A bit of sweetness some where but not enough to keep this one from puckering me up with every sip. Mouthfeel was okay and drinkability was non-existent. Maybe the years didn’t take kindly to this one, but this is the first beer that made me involuntarily twitch with almost every sip. Hopefully I can come across a much younger bottle next time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Not overly big or complex. Good malt forward mouthfeel with good conditioning. Mild ripe fruits and some herbal notes. Sweet berries and apricots with some liquorice and oaky vanilla. under hopped nose with very mild bitterness. Clean finish no defects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Enchanting deep red color. Spotted, yet well laced film coating the surface. Aromatics of maple and honey covered dark fruits, along with a touch of caramel and toffee. The flavor, like the aroma, is much more malt accented with maple, caramel, fruit and toffee characteristics. Well balanced, not amazing, but balanced and pleasing to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Very solid beer. Mucho balance, oakey, pleasing. It’s an everyday barleywine that seems to focus on craft rather than pop. Fresh herbal, licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2005
(Vintage 1997, 8 % abv) Reddish brown, few head. Sweet and vinous aroma black cherries, madeira with wierd undertones of saffron and oregano. Hints of Satay sauce! Thick and slightly vinous flavour of cherries, soy, satay sauce, salt, grass, oregano alcohol and saffron. Herbal warming aftertaste. Wierd beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Pours a cloudy copper brown with a thin off-white head. Toasty sweet bready malty aroma with a hoppy presence and a touch of squash. Semi-sweet syrupy body with a pleasant dry hoppiness through. A decent barleywine, but could use some more complexity. Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Poured a mostly clear copper color. Aroma was malty, sweet, fruity and mildly alcoholic. Flavors of sweet malt, hop bitterness, alcohol, and lightly fruity. Medium bodied.

2001 Vintage: Poured a hazy amber color. Aroma of pineapple and sweet malt. Flavor was sweet and fruity. A little syrupy with a bitter finish.

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