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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


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odysseyalien (54) - 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 wasnít sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I donít 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 donít 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 Iím glad I found it.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1242) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
A great barleywine. Pours a muddy red/black with a tan head. Smells awesome, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla and malt, cherry pie. Taste is creamy, with lots of vanilla, caramel and a nice warm booziness in the finish. Paired with Thai fish cakes, the beer is smoothed out with some nuttiness and booziness. Had in the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2744) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Malty, sweet aroma... fruity and floral. Malty, alcoholic and sweet up front. Nicely balanced, yet moderately bitter on the tail end with plenty of alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, astringent, bitter-sweet, slightly dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1223) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
355 ML bottle Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head that falls to a thick collar. Lingers through drinking. Spotty lacing and good ABV legs. Nose is Caramel, slightly burnt, toffee, date toasted bread, orange, orange zest, and subtle port/ sherry notes. Taste is pretty similar. Toasted bread, toffee/ burnt sugar, date, soft sherry and a lot of orange, orange peel and grapefruit bitterness. More like an English take with slightly more aggressive hops. Oily, bitter and bread like finish. Not sure if it is the date that finishes more or the sherry like. Probably a little of both. Really drinkable and really nice. Probably on the underrated side of things as not as over the top hopped as other BWís are

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
12 oz bottle. Appearance: very dark amber color (almost Porter-like), with lots of stirred up sediment. Aroma: malty and smokey, with hints of burned caramel, dates, and toast. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2738) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 2013 bottle. Very dark brown with a fat coat of beige head that disappears after a while. A: Spiced rummy fruitcake aroma with orange peel. Oily, lowish carbonation. Rich toffee and dried fruit, fruitcake spices, citrus peel. Some Oloroso notes, but nothing really cardboardish. Bitterness stands out a bit much at the end. Not bad. Suspect there will be a brief window in the next year when it will be pretty good. [3.4]

Another try and itís pretty charming. Robust and tasty rather than deep and refined. Dark fruits and toffee, enough bitterness to keep it from being oversweet. I like that itís a beer and not a cocktail.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2522) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Had on tap at Monkey Paw in San Diego. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma is sweet malt. Caramel also. Sweet and really malty. Toffee. Alcohol is present. Finishes clean. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (1615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours the thinnest head on a dark brown body. The aroma is grain, both dry and wet, honey and slight barnyard. Nice. The taste is malty but not too sweet. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a sticky sweet note and a little alcohol heat. The texture is thicker and sticky. Itís got a nice alcohol heat but the rest of the flavor is muddled.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2014
Quite nice and aromatic. Spiced and thick in shape. A hint of bread and malty sweetness in it all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours opaque brown with a frail head that arises only after a vigorous pour; rum fruitcake on the nose; sweet viscous palate and oily bitter finish. Good barley wine.


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