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RATINGS: 574   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3663) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2424) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (8295) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertjm (830) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Pours small fine head, about a couple of milimeters tall, but it fades over a few minutes. Dark brown body. Seems fairly cloudy. No hops in aroma. Slight scent of malt, on the milk chocolate side. Flavor is quickly warming. Again with the slight milk chocolate side, laced with an alcohol chaser. Hop bitterness, while not present in the flavor, comes out on the pallate in the aftertaste. Honestly, I’m a bit on the disappointed side. I’d seen this on the shelf for years, but never bought it because there was something else that peeked my interests. I wish it had more sweetness to it.

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