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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Clear brown pour with a thick head. Aroma is just great with flavors of malt, flowers and alcohol. The taste was almost the same thing with a bit of caramel thrown in. The finish is full bodied with some pepper thrown in for good measure. These guys are good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (550) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Reddish brown in color with an off white head that had some good lacing to it. Rasins and malts mainly in the aroma but with some subtle fruit notes as well. Alcohol was present but there were also the raisins from the nose. Also got some sweetness in there as well. Pretty good over all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2004
After the Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004, BigBadBear, Flemdawg, JSquire, Hotstuff, and Silphium came over to my place for a tasting. This was our sixth brew of the evening provided by Mike (BBB63). This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a uncarbonated transparent dark ruby red brown color, The aroma was vinous malty and hoppy. The mouth feel was very tingly with mild malty and hoppy sensations. The flavor contained notes of caramel malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Hey! Isnít that the Moylanís label? Quite a different beer, though. Poured red-brown with a medium light tan head. Strong, very toasty raisin/caramel aroma. The flavor began with classic piney/citrusy hops, but developed a very sweet, tangy caramel and raisin malt profile, almost nearing soy and/or honey notes. The sweetness and flavor components are reminiscent of Thomas Hardyís or J.W. Leeís barleywines and are unusual for an American version of the style. This barleywine also had a very yeasty, "ozoney" (donít ask me to translate that) feel. Good barleywine, but not great. Thanks Mike (BBB63) for the sample of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2003: Ruby brown hue with some small particles and topped by a small frothy head which produced good lacing. Beautiful deep aroma with notes of caramel and toffee malts; floral, grassy and piney hops; dusty yeast esters, raisin, vanilla, oak wood, clove, licorice, pepper and allspice. The nose is vinous but not overpowering or burning. The long lasting taste of heavy malts, snappy bitter hops, citrus, and yeast provided very good balance and enjoyment. The mouthfeel is full, oily, astrengent and lively. The alcohol is noticeable but again isnít overpowering. This is a winner, smooth yet complex barleywine. Mikey likey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Great barleywine. I like the mild bitterness on the finish, probably from a roasted malt more than a boiling hop. One of my favorites with Old Nick and Hog Heaven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
GABF '03, light brown/ruby in color with no head.Aroma is sweet,malty with some fruit.Flavor is malty,sweet, and winey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Draft at brewpub. Deep burgundy, decent head. Dark fruity aroma, like ripe blackberries. Malty sweet, with raisin and currant notes. Faint note of the pepsin candy gum I used to get in my Halloween bucket during my youth. Hint of hop bitterness in finish. A good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
This is the way that a barleywine should taste. Pours a deep dark brown color with a tiny fizzy head, leaving some light foam around the rim. Some sweet hops flavors, and light fruits. This was one of my favorite barleywines, very complex and very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Straight up Barleywine here. Brown to ruby red in color, moderate but typical head. Aroma is malt and sweet. Taste is vinous, sweet and slightly fruity. Moderately hopped, sweet and malty finish. No gimmics here folks, just the facts.

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