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RATINGS: 218   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a red tinge with a small tan head. Aroma is raisins, figs, candi sugar, brown sugar, dark fruits, wine like vinous notes. Flavor is raisin puree, spices, candi sugar, dark fruits, cherries, tobacco, some faded hop bitterness and alcohol. Slick mouthfeel coats, then finishes with dark fruits, faded hops and alcohol. Tasty Beverage Indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6176) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours reddish brown with thick white head, aroma is caramel, some apricot, touch of hops, and some biscuity malt. Taste is a bit fruity and hoppy up front, leading into caramel, apricot, some bread and even nuts, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Pretty good, but nothing outstanding about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish hued, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet fruity and malty nose.   Has aspects of pear and apple on the nose.   Hop aroma, very light.   Rather fruity on the tongue.   Malty, but not terribly heavy.   Hops are very subtle, almost nil.   Lots of apple and pear skin from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Could stand to be a little bit heaftier.   As is its very smooth, not overly sweet.   Good Barley Wine, even if a little softer than most.   Welcome change compared to most of the PNW examples that can be brash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
chocolately molasses and a touch sour in the nose. Aromatic... roasted malts and some grassiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamDaily (9) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
I loved this barleywine. Itís sweet, but I like a real sweet brew from time to time. Itís a nice dark brown, with a full body and thick mouthfeel. The aroma leaves something to be desired; thatís where the alcohol makes itself known. The first taste Is caramel, fig, toasted nut, and a dull orange flavor (not tangy.) As I progress through the beer, thereís more coffee there. I didnít find the finish very dry at all. Itís a pretty sticky brew the whole way through. Itís highly drinkable/enjoyable, and despite the fairly high ABV, I never felt like I was getting my ass kicked. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
22oz from Healthy Spirits. Enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! Fairly bright brown pour, lively bubbles and a crisp head. Abundant aroma of toffee malts and port-like fruits, suggesting a youthful English style barleywine. Body was medium, with a crisp semi-dry finish that seemed a tad disjointed given how confection-like the beer tasted. Nice flavors of plum and fig in the general malty mix, with some faintly detectable hops and a bit of oak and leather for character. A decent enough version of the style but not so memorable in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (503) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark brown color with thick head. Robust floral bouquet mixed with with strong and sweet malty aroma. Taste of raisins, port, fresh bread with plenty of hops at the end to balance out the strong alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours a brownish-amber color topped with a thin foam that tapers off to the sides. Cherries, plums, red licorice, toffee in the aroma. For the most part the flavor follows with no real surprise although here I pick up; dough, sweet toffee, brown sugar, plums, with light citrus hops in the finish. A little too sweet and cloying. This lacks excitement, and is too sugary, but still a decent drinking barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
22oz bottle poured into snifter. Color is dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is of sweet malts and some hops come through at the end. Mouth feel is smooth with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet malts with a slightly hot finish. Decent bwine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Orange brown pour. Mildly fruity, brown sugar aroma with a little bit of hops to it. Tastes sugary, slightly metalic, earthy, nutty. Moderately heavy stick body. Fairly smooth and easy drinking. A nice, pleasantly complex example of the style.

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