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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


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odysseyalien (42) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Single bottle found at Cable Beverage, Nanuet, NY. I may also have had this on tap back during the Spring of 2012 at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. When I found this at Cable Beverage though I wasn’t sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I don’t care to mix my beloved DIPAs with my beloved British barleywines. (American barleywines are usually hopped up compared to the British.) So it was a very pleasant surprise to open this bottle and find that it was only moderately hoppy. The head was only about an inch deep and dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing on the glass was slight to say the least but I have no problem with that. The smell -- molasses, raisins, dark fruit. The taste -- molasses, slightly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness to make it welcome as a dessert or after dinner beer or a nice mid-afternoon refresher. Was there some real age on this bottle to make it less hoppy and thus more pleasant? I don’t know. I do know that I want to get some more and open my mind to more American barleywines. This was a real pleasant surprise and I’m glad I found it.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (473) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2431) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle from RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! 2012 Vintage The beer is slightly murky with a chestnut brown body and a half inch of tan head. Aromas include toffee, dates, booze, malt, perhaps prunes or raisins. Thick body with a mild but present sweetness. Big flavor with malt complexity, a touch of brown sugar. A nice beer to sip and savor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beer_30 (2) - - JUN 6, 2014 does not count
Very smooth tasting barelywine ale with a caramelized after taste. One of my favorites

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thebullshornbar (72) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Thick, sugary, woodsy, and a nice bit of alcohol. This beer stands up as a typical yet somewhat young English barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7948) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle at home, from an IP trade with jtclockwork, cheers James 11/05/14. Clear dark amber with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates then retains. Nose is treacle toffee, brown sugars, candied fruit peel, light spice, fruit cake, brown sugars. Taste comprises toffee fudge, fruit cake, dates, figs, tobacco, light spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey tones in a drying close. Solid enough barley wine, this one improved as it warmed a little bringing the flavours out a little more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weezel (174) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
2012 bottle. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, some alcohol and cola. Taste is young and lively, but some concentrated raisins and deep fruity malt come shining through. Some alcohol on the back end. Finish is a little lacking but this is still pretty good. Would like to see how it ages.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattkorsgaard (11) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2008 bottle poured 2014. Very smooth and great aroma. Dark burgundy appearance. Silky smooth and sweet sticky. Just what an aged barleywine should be.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beachmaster (98) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a medium reddish brown, with a small khaki head which rapidly dissipates. fair lacing. Nose is sweet malt and caramel. Taste is caramel and malt up front, with a slight bitter hop finish. Alcohol is readily apparent. Not bad, but not outstanding.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Dark brown with bare offwhite film. A: deep caramel malt, cardboard, bread, grains. T: caramel malt, booze, nuts, grains. Ok, but lacking depth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3081) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Draft - Brown sugar, raisin and oaky notes. Cloudy maroon with a thin head. Oaky, brown sugar, raisin and some light bitter boozy sweetness. An absurdly cheap and good Barleywine.


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