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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
I'm a barleywine fan, so I was anxious to try this one from Marin Brewing. It didn't disappoint. Poured dark brown with a small head that left nice lacing. Ruby highlights came out when held to light. Full, complex aroma, lots of sweet fruity roasted malts, molasses, coffee, pine and floral hops. Rich flavor with dried fruits - prunes, raisins and apricots. Very sweet with some balancing hops as well. Thick, smooth and rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Dark caramel and a change from sip one on that just seems to get better. Would say that while it comes across as being a BIG beer, it otherwise hides the alcohol well. Meaning? Malty and complex with a rather lesser hop/biterness than many American barleywines that I have tried. Not to say that it doesn't have the right amount when being paired with as much malt as this must have. A gentle beast. Really enjoying this. So much so that I will leave it at that and just go back to sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
deep amber color, sweet and pleasant flavor, nothing to jump up and down about...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2003
Fruity, malty, herbal aroma, some light brown sugar, cinnamon, faint alcohol, pineapple, spice and earthiness. Deep reddish brown in color, filtered, with a fine head and delicate lacing. Flavor is sweetly malty, almost sugary, with some faint apple, red grape, light pine and spiciness. Some subtlety here. Mellow Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 16, 2003
A deep mahogany color with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with a touch of hops. Taste starts very sweet and pretty much stays that way, slightly acidic, not much bitter. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
I missed this at the Toronado Barleywine festival - so here it is in bottle. Dark pour with very little head. Strong malt with flavor. It is very thick and syrupy - needs to be balanced a bit with some hops. Strong plum sweetness. But the real question is, will Kansas overcome the 18 point deficit or will Syracuse continue to dominate?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Sweet, lucious alcohol grapefruit aroma. Good amount of juniper berries and hops. . . wonderful mouthfeel and a beautiful finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (935) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Grapefruity aroma. Malt is floral/grapefruit, a touch of toffee as well. Incredibly smooth on the palate. Fruity, but not sour or cloying, an unusually high rating for me given the grapefruity undertones present here. Balance wins here in a big way, and the best part about this beer is the finish. A fruity interpretation of the style, but innovative and pulled off well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
After the sweetness of the Old Saguero, this was a refreshing barleywine. Tasty, with floral hops and a subdued, creamy flavor. Alcohol was present but not too strong. There was probably a little to be desired, but all in all, this was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Super sweet. Cloying. Needs way more bittering hops to balance this beer. Very syrupy. (Note: Apparently my taste buds don't match the judges'--this beer took 5th place in the festival.)

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