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RATINGS: 559   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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - 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 (11535) - 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 (239) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle. This was a promising barleywine until I tasted it. The pour delivered a beautiful copper-red ale with a spare head. The lacing it left behind was nice to look at. The aroma was primarily a mixture of flowers and Lucky Charms (sweet and grainy), with hints of pear, berries, and alcohol. I was excited. Then, I tasted it. The flavor was mostly orange and brown sugar, with a harsh alcohol flavor. The alcohol overpowered the rest of the flavor once it was firmly entrenched, pushing into the upper reaches of the palate. The wife’s dinner of unstuffed chicken—essentially deconstructed chicken cordon bleu—couldn’t save this ale either.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle. Warm hazy orange-amber. Lots of bubbles but no head. Sweet and hoppy aroma is caramelly and syrupy with some hop in the background and slightly burnt. Gentle carbonation. Lots of alcohol at the end of the palate fills up the mouth unpleasantly. Not complex. Fairly balanced, though with a sweet entry, hoppy middle, and grain alcohol finish. Some roasted walnut adds nuance. Not my thing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
This was at the Peoria Beer Festival. I was a server that got to sample a couple beers. I didn’t take notes like I should have.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2009
Slightly hazy light brown, moderate head formation. I’ve been drinking a fair amount of Bigfoot as I always do this time of year, and upon first whiff, I thought I’d made a mistake and grabbed the wrong bottle. Of course, I hadn’t, but there are some aromatic similarities. This is less hoppy in the nose overall, but there is a similar tenor and malt properties. A bit more sweetish and toffee properties. Dusty, husky flavor with light brewed coffee, a little syrupy sweetness. Finish is rather flat and puckering, yet with overzealous carbonation. Just too dusty and grainy overall.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2011
’09 brewing on tap @ Parkway Jan ’11. Clear burnt orange pour with a short white head leaving a fine geographic lace. Caramel and alcohol nose. Sucrose sweet start, medium-heavy body with minimal carbonation. Strong umami coming on in the middle and strengthening in the long finish with tobacco and leather - like I just put a dip of Cope in. Not my style, but could be interesting to some folks.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
This was a 2007 vintage. Real sweet to the point of too sticky. The strength is not over the top but it could use a dose more of hops. Did not age well in my opinion.


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