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RATINGS: 559   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, Brewer’s Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewer’s Gold, Perle


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3658) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.9
   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.

3
   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.

3.5
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2001 bottling. Intense aroma, plenty of fruitiness, some apple, citrus and cherry, baking spices, faint tea leaves, wafting alcohol and lightly spicy hops. Red-orange color, finely hazed, initially fine head that all but dissipated completely. Great balance of caramel, bready, fruity malt sweetness, spicy, lightly piney and herbal hop flavors, bitterness and warming alcohol. Low effervescence on the palate and syrupy, oily mouthfeel. This is just a very nice beer, and the two years' aging certainly could not have hurt.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: APR 18, 2003 2002 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately malty (caramel, cookie), light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
2002 harvest. Cloudy reddish amber with a big white frothy, clingy head. Faint fruitiness among the alcohol and cardboardy malts. Appealing, but not special. Pretty malty and earthy in flavor. Nice and sweet. Big thick mouthfeel. Great warming finish in chest. Sweet chocolate and caramel too.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Rating #1 (2/27/03) Bottle from the 2002 harvest of the organic malts (6 3 6 3 14). Dark amber color with a tan head. The nose has strong alcohol brandy like notes. A little medicinal and not well balanced. Rating #2 (10/2/06) Bottle from the 2003 harvest (6 3 7 3 16). A deep dark brown color with a thin tan head. The nose is rIch and full of malts, caramel, and earthiness that carry over well in the flavor. Much improved and likely a result of longer aging. It lacks in fruitiness, but it has a spiced carmal flavor that is nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2002 bottle: Light citric hop,sweet malt,alcohol aroma. Hazy,red/oarnge with a tight beaded,head.Leaves small ring. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick,and modestly carbonated. Somewhat metallic,as well. Body is pretty light. Flavors are sweet,bready,and hoppy.Finish is herbal hops and just slight alcohol.Nice flavor balance,but not enough flavor.Overall,pretty much what I expected and I liked it.


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