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RATINGS: 568   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


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Not a shabby barleywine, but not hardly the best. Good balance here with generous hops to rival the malt content. Astringent grapefruit along with some dark fruit in the aroma. Initial taste is peppery and fades into a nice hop flavor and a rounded finish. Fairly non-descript and unmemorable as far as flavor and aroma goes, but there are no problems. Not too bad, but it won’t be a regular.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Just a hint of alcohol and fruit. Little or no head. Cloudy amber color. Fruity and bitter taste. Very weak for a barley wine and I don’t think it because of the organic products they used.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
"04 Harvest- Brown body w/little head malty aroma and taste. Alcohol taste on back end. Fairly decent Barley wine.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
05 bottle. Hazy brown color with no head. Aroma of perfume hop and caramel. The taste was perfumey and semi sweet. Medium body. Mild bitter grainy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Amber colored. Aroma is fairly hot with notes of caramel, moderate to low PNW hops, grass. Medium bodied, quite raw.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
This cloudy amber ale poured with a miniscule beige head and a sweet fruity aroma. The flavor is caramel and perfumed fruit with a bitter finish and an acoholic afterblast. It needs more body to disguise the alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2567) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2000
First whiff is intensely fruit and sour, and so is the first taste. Flavors were similar to sour cherries and apple cider. A very rich, sour and unusual beer. Difficult to finish. Overwhelms food.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11726) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 (2002 version, sampled 2/11/05) Small beige head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, berry, orange. Taste is medium sweet, and ... and nothing. There is a bit of maltiness, light grapefruit, vinous, but it really is a mild flavor. In a barleywine, this is unprecedented. Medium-full body. Clearly this beer does not age well, in fact it ages quite poorly. For the sake of decency, however, I will keep the bulk of my old rating and make sure I never drink an old one of these again. (6/3/3/3/7). (2001 version, sampled 8/1/02) Sweet berry aroma. Berry malty flavor, cut by healthy swath of alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, but bitterness creeps in at the back of the palate. (6/3/6/4/12)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
04 Harvest Opaque reddish amber appearance, modest head fromation. Malty, sugarry, caramel nose with intriguing herbal notes. Grapefruit citrussy hops make the first impression but don’t last. Turns to a caramel suggarry malt flavor, slightly dryish towards the ends, dry figs. Hoppy grapefruit comes back again towards the end. Overall pretty disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Deep copper color. I tried to coax a head out of the beer; it was very slight; dissipated completely. Some lacing. Very little aroma. Detected a slight sweetness. Taste is sweet. Little carbonation (which I don’t mind). A little astringent. Ok, but not the best barley wine I’ve had.


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