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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   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, Brewer’s Gold Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewer’s Gold, Perle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2003
2003 vintage- darker than some, dark brown I suppose, with little to no head. Plums and orange peel in the nostrils, rich and full on the palate, with a weird bitterness that tastes like one o' them Anchor holiday beers, like some sorta exotic tree sap. Better than it was when they put some sage in it 7 or 8 years ago...man that stuff was stanky!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 8, 2003
2002 batch. 12 oz. stubby brown bottle. I don't know why I bought another Mad River product, seeing as how everything else of their's I've tried so far stunk, but I decided to try this. Poured out a murky, cloudy brown color, with no head at all. I mean none. A slight ring of bubbles was all I got out of this bottle. Aromas of higher alcohols, lots of malts, some caramel, but that's not all. I smelled some piney, resinous, grapefruit hops as well. Tasted ok, but nothing special as far as barleywines as concerned. Finished kind of hoppy. Coats the tongue with a syruplike consistency also. I've had better barleywines in my day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Same recipe as all of the other west coast barleywines....nothing new at all here. Fruity, hop aroma. Lots more fruit and hops in the taste with some alcohol. Spicy in the finish, medium bodied....blah blah...not bad, but boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Slight fruity, maybe apricot, aroma with definite hop presence. Appearance is golden brown. Flavor is strong hoppiness but rather plain and bland. Mouthfeel is average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Regular amber appearance and aroma. Syrupy, creamy and with a big robust and roasted west coast hop aroma. Quite strong, but not very complex. Stale and plain in the very carbonated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
A barleywine with the aroma carrying that West Coast hoppiness, yet there was deep maltiness as it warmed, as well. Bits of popcorn here as well? Not as syrupy as some barleywines, this seemed like a boring suped-up IPA. Not bad for what it is, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2001 Vintage - Fizzy light brown head. Hazy orange color. Very sweet and alcoholic aromas. Very mellow flavors, probably because of its age. Hops are most subtle, nioce sweet caramel malt flavors that are enjoyable complex. Medium bodied (light for the style). Also a very quick finish. Quite pleasant overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Pours with rich amber color, head abounding with lace. Strong fruity aroma gives way to a spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Amber colored, somewhat cloudy, pours with a tan colored head. Aroma of alcohol, carmel malt and bittering hops(probably British). Flavor is figs and twigs. Finish is dry. I'm going to struggle to finish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
A nice clear rich amber body with light head. Faint aroma of hops and malt. Malt and hop bitterness reasonably balanced ending in a dry finish.

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