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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A strong ale which has a deep amber color. The bouquet and aroma is full and fruity, with a smooth, round and vinous taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
The aroma had coriander and dark fermented fruit, and caramel. The flavor had the same. The beer poured a reddish brown color w/ no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Received Old Dipsea as a Christmas gift from my buddy who lives in SFO. Double duece was cellared for three months before sampling. I drank the barleywine last night while bottling a homebrew. After opening Old Dipsea I was greeted with cherry-plum-fruit aroma with a hint of smoke. Medium bodied barleywine with a color dark as a RUN DMC sweatsuit. Slight lacing with a light colored head gave it a stout like appearance. Light on the alcohol "twinge" I expect in a barleywine. Northern California has great breweries, Marin may be one of them. This offering was very good, just not top notch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Poured a ruby color with a medium sized tan head. Malty, sugar, sweet. Hoppy middle and finish. Pretty warming. Medium to full body with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Super sweet English-style BW, burning alcohol tinge, some fruits and TONS of caramel. Sticky. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Very fruit forward barleywine. Ripe fruits and some roasted nuts in caramel. Plums and apricots with some pear and mango. Clean and rounded with some residual sweetness. Some caramel and vanilla. Not much roasted malt presence, with notes of munich and caravienne. Nice hopping good bitterness with overall grassy and resinous finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Deep amber color with a typically reserved Barleywine head. Decent malt/hop aroma. Well balanced flavor of malt and hops. Good solid overall Barleywine which isn’t either bad or outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a thin light tan head. Has a floral, dry hoppy and grainy malty aroma. Starts malty and sweet with some citrusy hops coming in toward the finish. Decent complexity and hoppy/malty balance throughout. Thanks to SpringsLicker for sharing this at the Southeastern Gathering!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle vintage unknown. Thanks to brewbandit for the bottle. Murky ruby body topped by a medium, fine-particled tan head. The aroma is light sweet fruit, caramel, light pineapple, and some hints of wet cardboard. The flavor is loaded with alcohol, burnt sugar, nutty roasted malt, and some chocolate. It is quite bitter, especially at the swallow. The palate is assertive up front then it starts to soften but never really fully does. The alcohol is bold in this one and may detract just a bit from the final product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Dark amber pour with middling head. All malts right up to the finish are mellow, caramel, vinous, roasted pear, mascerated mixed berries. Went well with lamb sausage from next door. Soothing and smooth but a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Poured a nice amber brown with light head. Malty caramel aroma and flavors with hints of hop fruitiness. An easy drinking enjoyable barleywine.

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