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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7251) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1278) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9064) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Copper/brown color. Aroma of maple syrup and pancakes and salt. Salty weird funk soy sauce, and i hate soy sauce. Chevy chase is here. not good.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
A modest little barleywine, it pours out copper with a brief tan head. Grapefruit, orange zest, cookie dough, with traces of alcohol. Medium to full bodied and smooth. The flavor leaned to the sweet side with some bitterness following in the end.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pours a deep copper amber with a very quick tan head. Nose is heavy with earthy citrusy hops. There are heavy sweet notes in the nose from the malts. Flavor is actually very subdued. Thick sweet caramel maltiness with a rock solid hop bitterness. Unexpected and nice.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
brown body with no head.aroma and flavor were on the metalic side.sor of a "lipstick" flavor commning through.not really my thing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5476) - New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle from 2007, drunk here in April 2009. Strong nose dominated by fruity hues, very ripe/overripe, sweet and thick. Grapefruit, pear, peach, grape, yum yum yum! Malt and hops both in spades, some caramel and light booze. Orange-ruby pour with the typical perfect tan head. Dulled, matted taste, still very sweet but with the center sucked out, distinct aromatics are a bit more muddled, light bitterness and faded caramel. Light warming, alcohol isn’t too bad in the beginning but gets annoying quickly. Medium body with a little hop prickling toward the end. Just can’t get excited.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
12oz 2008 bottle. Pours a clear, amber red-orange body with a thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light amount of lacing. Aroma of sweet cherries and lots of toasted toffees. Some sugary, piney citrus hops and even some chocolate. Similar flavor. Lots of toasted toffees, some dark cherries, and citrus with a light piney finish. Some molasses and raisin bread as well. Lots of sweet caramels and toasted toffees in the aftertaste with a light warming booze. Palate is medium to full, rich and smooth, and slightly dry and sticky. Overall, a sweet barley wine without as much intense hop flavor as I tend to like. More malty/toffee based, but this did get better as it warmed.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5633) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Very low carbonation. Malt aroma, but very bitter, and not in such a good way. Lots of hops, but the extreme bitterness hurts the palate. Brown color and some sediment.


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