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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Bottle probably year old. As soon as we opened the bottle you can smell a very intriguing pinapple aroma. Very dark mahogianish appearance. Thick creamy head tha eventually subsides to a mess. Excellent balance of juicy sweet and fruity aromas(chocolate, pinapples,toffee.) The taste is Very well balanced with the sweet and crisp hop bitterness. As it warms it tastes like the best warm cough medicine because of the alcohol content. Loses flavor the longer it takes you to drink it but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2002
Dark ruby. Sweet malt and a touch of hops in the nose. Oily, nutty, rich in malty and finishes hoppy. Nice barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) ’02: Light bread/grain aroma, good sized head on a red-brown body. A very mellow barleywine in both the malts and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
Sweet,demerara (bit sticky); dark amber; caramelly, marshmallowy; decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Nice aroma. Alcohol sweet blends nicely with the maltiness. Healthy mix of the two, with decent hops to complement. Goes down tremendously well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Vintage ’01 (Presumably). Shimmering clear copper with a thin light tan edge head. Slow carbonation. Aroma of English hops, syrupy fruits, estery alcohol and plastic coated caramel. First sip is...intriguing. Mellow body, medium thick with medicinal notes. Loaded with English hops and fruity alcohol. Not very soft or easy on the palate. Immediate alcohol burn in the throat and stomach, but not harsh. Malts are smothered beneath. Sticky and cloying, warm. English style all the way. Going to chill for 1 hour. Zero yeast sediment. Faint increase in caramelized malts with an earthy hop bitterness. This is much better colder. Finishes a bit sweeter and more palatable with a richness and less medicinal aspects. Overall though this is disappointing, considering the source.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Very deep garnet, the head is large, frothy and long lasting, the lace clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is earthy, malt laden, very ripe pineapple, or maybe better yet ’Bazooka Bubble Gummy’. Front is lightly malt sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, the ABV shows through to warm the ’Tummy’, dry, acidic, and one fine ’Barley Wine’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Good, thick barley wine with a nice malty flavor. Another of a series of excellent American barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 No vintage date: Thin ring of lacey foam. Stellar aroma of Columbus, prunes, pineapple, jam, and underlying chocolate/toffee. Alcohol provides a very warm edge; acidic; substantial bitterness. The complex aroma delivered nicely. Brendan Moylan was definitely at work here in this masterfully made elixir. Snacked on a slice of quality cheese cake and it was wonderful. A semi-complex English style barleywine.

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