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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. We prefer that it not be classified. We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate. Vitals: Color – Mahogany ABV – 9.1% O.G. – 1.080 Malt – American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops –Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5153) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2014
16.9 oz bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks sloth!). Looks good; a translucent brownish orange with foamy off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; sweet and malty with notes of caramel, hops, and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5262) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, herbal and mildly fruity hops, bready malts, a slight alcohol bite. Decent enough.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6940) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Big and boozy brew, tons of hops yet tons of malt, it goes a bit over the top. Reminiscent of Spiteful beers to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (615) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle from X in a trade. Pours a amber red with white head. Aroma is strong hops, piney and resins. Taste is strong hops, all pine, grass, strong hoppy aftertaste. Tasty, not what I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (255) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Nice bright hop aroma. Murky dark honey color. At first taste you think it’s just another double IPA then you get the malt. Really nice flavor profile. Lost a few points for the alcohol but otherwise great.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3248) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy reddish color with a thick beige head. Aroma is hoppy, lots of citrus and pine, melon notes. Lots of caramel, malt notes. Flavor is bitter, but balanced, with lots of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Pretty big mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. This is pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle split with my Honkey. Hazy, bit chunky pour, red with a kinda yellowish head. Balanced and hoppy. Fruity and malty. Damn nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours. Nice glowing light copper orange. Aroma has lots of hops lemongrass. Taste is hoppy and butter. There is quite a bit of reddish malt in there this rudes the line between the low end of a double IPA a barleywine and a red ale. More caramel malt comes through as it warms a bit. Decent but I’ve come I expect a bit more from this brewer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (407) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
As far as the description goes - this is a lot closer to a malty double IPA than a hoppy barleywine. I love this style: basically a full-bodied, well-balanced, strong IPA. Plenty of depth with citrus and spruce hops, and some malty sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (998) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 4/11/13. Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an amber/ruby brown color with 3 fingers of off-white head, moderate lacing. Aromas of pine, caramel, nutty notes. Tasting notes of caramel, pine, citrus, hoppy bitterness. Warm finish. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.


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