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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (5390) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
This one poured darker amber color with a white head. Aroma was of fruity hops, caramel, and mild yeasty character. Flavor was similar, a bit sweet, very clean like all of their stuff. Definitely on the verge of a hoppy barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2773) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Clear, sharp hoppy nose, with harsh fruit and a little chlorine. Dark golden straw color. Sweet caramel, spicy hops,and finish edges on date puree. Medium body with good mouthfeel. Intense, but it does balance out eventually.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7876) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle from BOTW. Nose of pine, caramel, grass, oranges. Great fruit flavors, tangy hops, caramel. Sweet but crisp. Complex fruits and big hop flavors. Very nice indeed. Perfectly balanced and integrated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2414) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Poured from 500 ml bottle. Hazy, muddy orange with a 3-finger khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, caramel, mild spice, pineapple and grapefruit. Taste of pine, orange, pineapple, grapefruit rind, mild spice and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Newmassres (20) - - APR 28, 2014
This is an excellent pale ale. Lacy with good body and easy on the palate. Well worth the wait in finding this gem. $8 a bottle is a little steep given that Sculpin and Dogfishhead 90 are more economical and equally as good. But something to put on your beer bucket list for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Thanks Dana. Caramel pour w/ a beige head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is spicy hops balanced by a tasty malt backbone. Hoppy aftertaste. A very enjoyable beer from initial smell to the lingering aftertaste. Nice lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1138) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Church Key. Amber with nice lacing. Very hoppy, pine, malt balance, winter, vanilla, sweet candied sugar, earth, very rich. Toffee. Excellent. -- strong ale/hopped up barley wine mix. Get it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (899) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle to glass. About 4 months old. Pours a clear amber color with reddish hues and a light tan head. Aroma is malty, strong alcohol burn, and a hint of piney hops. Flavor is heavy, malty, sweet, alcohol. Medium in body with a lingering sweet alcohol burn. Tasty, but wish I would have had it fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12885) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Leighton, 08/04/14. Hazed orange amber with a good sized light beige covering. Nose is bitter tropicana, tea leaves, spice, light pine, toasty notes. Taste comprises bitter orange, light tropicana, pine resin, spice, dank hoppage, caramel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Another solid number from Maine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Leighton. Lightly hazy amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Light airy palate, crispy. Lightly bitter brett. Modest dried fruits. More bretty bitterness. Okay but could do without the brett.


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