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RATINGS: 580   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, Brewerís Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewerís Gold, Perle


3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5426) - 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 isnít too bad in the beginning but gets annoying quickly. Medium body with a little hop prickling toward the end. Just canít get excited.

3
   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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5563) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2010
On tap at Beer Engine. Cloudy dark amber color in brandy snifter with a ring of off-white head. Kind of a wet dog aroma with a little bitter, a little floral in the flavor. Bit of an astringent citrus aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2506) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Draft. Deep muddy brown. Smells sweet. Taste is tart with more booze as it warms up. Ok. Not great ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours dark murky copper red with a small off-white head that quickly goes to a thin collar

. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with some dark fruit, molasses and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts with dark fruit and a medium bitter finish with a big harsh alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low but spritzy carbonation.

Overall, itís an ok barley wine but not well balanced - too sweet with lots of harsh bitter alcohol.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fatehunter (2051) - 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.

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 wonít be a regular.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 1995 vintage. Yes, a 1995 vintage in 2004. What was I thinking? brown and cloudy in a snifter, no head, no lace. lighter brown to orange at edges of glass. little carbonation until it hits palate. strong yeasty flavor, yellow to brown floaties all through the glass, even when poured properly. notes of acorn, dried citrus rind, can't put my finger on it. I was slicing turnips at the time and the nose wasn't too far off! nothing sweet, alcohol finish, but could be no other style than a barley wine.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Murky and light brown in the pour. Malty alcohol aroma. Unfortunately, kind of a hint of "sweaty" aroma as well. Sweetness, spiciness and fig flavor. Fairly hoppy. Good balance, but somewhat mediciny in the flavor. Maybe with the off aroma and flavor, I got a bad bottle.


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