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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.


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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2564) - 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.

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   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - 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 isn’t overpowering. This is a winner, smooth yet complex barleywine. Mikey likey!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 14, 2005
In the bomber bottle. Dark mahogany to coffee-like coloring. Very limited head. Aroma of alcohol, tropical fruit, molasses and almonds.Buttery mouth-coating feel. Solid chocolate roasted flavor as well.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Pours brown/amber. Aromas of dried fruit and alcohol. Fruity up front, lots of figs and hints of citrus. Hops not prevalent, but there. Alcohol and finishing bitterness tingle the tongue.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam crowns the burgundy velvet.
-Profound red fruit candy are embedded in the caramel maltiness, as smoking earth is diffused throughout.
-Fruity jujubes lather the palate, a veritable desserty treat for the sweet tooth.
-The low carbonation and rich maltiness go hand in hand, securing this barley wine’s place into late evening digestif territory.

What if you dig deeper?
-Herbal, resinous hops make sure it all never gets cloying, and appropriately reduce the sweetness level of the finale with their leveled bitterness.
-A flavor profile comparison with Green Flash 2nd Anniversary Barley Wine yielded a surprising depth of links.
-Strawberry licorice and maple whirl around the tongue to the pleasure of all excited tastebuds.
-If this top notch barley wine’s quality is constant (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), I think it deserves more attention.

Bottle; no date.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Transparent cherry amber in color with a milky, tan khaki wrung and a thin ice sheaf on top. Aroma hums with red currant, licorice, anise and plum port sauce. Candied beets and rutabagas make it in through the earthen gate hatched at the back door of the nose. Flavor pushes through with toffee and rum buttering caramel-soaked graham cracker crust. Full bodied red currant jam massages oil throughout the palate. Bing cherries capped with plums, port and brandy stew form a highly palatable crème brulee. A hint of mulberry slips through the oil, and the caramel amaretto liquor sauce gets chewed on as the substance is digested. Perhaps the thickest mouthfeel I’ve felt through a barleywine. Licorice root and herbal gardenias team with a cherry hop bitterness as the thick caramel, plum and port convection squeeze a touch of baby concords in the final recession. Thanks much for the 2005 bomber, tpkenned!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2009
Bottled. Thanks to larsniclas. Clear copper colour with beige head. Subtle aroma, yet there are clear notes of fruits, tidbits and raspberry gel. Wonderful, smooth mouthfeel with wide malt spectre, with big mouthfeel without being cloying. Suggestions of tidbits, fruits(raspberries), caramel, and luckily enough not loaded with hop flavour/bitterness, that sometimes ruins the American Style Barley Wine. Superb maltiness here.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bomber. Poured deep reddish-brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy, dried floral, and citrusy hoppage over vinous notes, deep caramel, and bready character.. just exquisite! The flavor was nearly as good.. lightly sour, strong dark fruity notes hit the tongue first with a wash of raisins and warm sourdough washing over the middle.. bitterness was mild-to-medium, but felt like it was stronger initially, with citrus and earth presence.. finished with residual dark fruity sugars and floral bitterness. Heavier-bodied with great balance on the palate.. bitterness was complementary and engaging.. memorable finish. Excellent stuff all around!


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