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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7317) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9136) - 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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Very hazy brown body , off-white head. Strong hop malt aroma. Flavour follows through with an alcoholic kick. Thick mouthfeel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Brownish in color, swamp water if you will, moderate off-white fizzy head, spotty lacing.   Malty nose, on the grainy side.   Some brown sugar sweetness.   Decent malt backbone on the tongue, moderate sweetness... finishes a little on the dry bitter grainy side.   Decent hop finish, a little rough... not very hot considering its 9.5% which is a good thing.   Feels/tastes organic in its graininess.   Comes across as mildly sweet to start, but finishes with a lack of sweetness that leaves the mouth dry and watering.   Malt backbone is okay, but a bit weak.   It’s at least balanced well enough with the soft hop bitterness.   Not a big Barleywine by any means, but fairly decent considering its 9.5% ABV.   Not that complex, not hot, but certainly not that entertaining either.   Has that funky dry graininess to it that just screams "organic"... or at least maybe thats just me.   Tiz okay, but not seeing this one getting any better with age.   Give it a year and *maybe* it will peak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
I’ve been wanted to rate this beer for a while. I love to try every single >10% beer I can get my hands on. Had at PP bottle shop with deftim13, hapjydeuce, denverlogan, Sean, and Ryan. I think Sean bought this bottle. Tasted side by side with some great beers and this was one of the last tasted, which probably didn’t help this rating, but it was still a decent beer. Tastes young and fresh. Leans a little dry (I like sweet). Little head, but some carbonation. Amber color. Aroma was mild. Certain events reduce my nose’s ability to smell: bars and after tasting many beers. Not a great beer, but I wouldn’t mind rerating it.

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