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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Aroma is dominated by floral and malty smells. A little alcogol present. Flavor was balanced - not a lot of finishing hops compared to other BWs. More of an old ale or scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Thereís a slight hoppy aroma that canít quite get past the vanilla lethal alcohol smell. It pours a beautiful dark magenta with a head that starts big and sticks around the edges over time. The taste is the one thing that I canít get past. It is a bit one dimensional. There is a big hop presence, but it canít stand up to the alcohol. Perhaps aging this another year would even this out. It is definitely on my list for a rerate in a year, if I can find another bottle to cellar, although, I canít find a vintage on the bottle, so who knows when itís from.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Bottle. A deep mahogany color with a wonderfully creamy light-brown head that left a trail all down the glass. Sticky sweet body. The aroma is fruit filled with pineapple, raisins, and plums. Sweet malts and caramel provide the foundation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Mahogany color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. A milder flavor and taste to this barleywine. Its not one of those smash you in the taste buds with a mallet style barleywine, it more subtle and mellow. Malty with a very definite chocolate, coffee and caramel flavor, there is also a bit of pineapple and fruit. Nice flavor, and hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
clear, reddish brown colored, long lasting head. an average barleywine

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Very dark, bold look, but unimpressive head. Deep fruit malty aroma is predictable, but thereís a also a zippy hoppiness, with red pepper spice and mustiness. Thick malty palate, chocolaty, smooth, creamy. Nice hop bite in the finish that does an excellent and controlled balancing job. For such a heavy ale there seems to be an appetizing freshness about it.

   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) í02: 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 (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
Sweet,demerara (bit sticky); dark amber; caramelly, marshmallowy; decent brew.

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