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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale has a rich amber color with a full, robust body. This Barley Wine Style Ale has a traditional warming malt flavor with a delightful hop finish, While exceptionally drinkable now, it will continue to improve with age - taking on subtle flavors of dark fruit, sherry and anise. Hop flavors and aromas will become more rounded and luscious caramel malt notes will become more intense. Brewed with an astonishing original gravity of 24 Plato and finishing at 11.0% alcohol by volume, this Imperial Barley Wine Ale is not for the faint of heart, though it will reward the adventurous drinker with an unparalleled taste experience.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Henderson, NV
Dark color, amber- mahogany, hazy, with creamy persistent head. It has a nice aroma of malt, sweet, with some caramel. Full bodied, malty, sweet, with light toffee and fudge character; correct bitterness.
Straightforward, balanced, pleasant, not complex; the aroma is better than the final.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martin00sr (1806) - Haderslev, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2015
Clear dark amber, small offwhite head. Aroma has caramel malt, some dried fruit, notes of hops and anise later on. Similar flavour with ok alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voodoo (475) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a deep amber with no head......aroma of plum, raisin......taste is plum, raisin with a chewy middle and fairly clean finish with a booze finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2015
undated 12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, reddish amber with a thin but creamy tan head. The head has limited retention. Aroma: spicy hops over a floral base of alcohol esters and sweet malt. Taste: high ABV all too evident in the flavor and mouthfeel. Looking past the alcohol, the underlying flavor is a good and rich fruity/herbal mix of malts and hops. Unfortunately, this is overshadowed by alcohol. Good sweet/bitter balance. M: medium body; as expected, warming in mouth and GI tract, but this one has some burn to it. O - a decent, and low-priced example of the style. Improves with warming. Can’t quite decide between a beer and a brandy? ... perhaps this is for you. Too boozy for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (1328) - - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours an almost clear dark amber with a dense and lacing beige head with good retention. Lovely nutty, caramellish aroma - biscuity - your typical US Barley Wine. Rich, malty body - tons of caramel with just enough bittering hops to avoid anything getting cloying. Some warming late alcohol. A Barley Wine just the way I like them. 080715

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3152) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Review from Notes, enjoyed May 2011

Pours a deep reddish copper color with a slightly dirty beige head that dissipates slowly to a ring on top. The smell is quite sweet, it reminds me more of an old ale than an American barley wine. Caramel, toffee, prunes, dates, cherries, slight bit of resin and a hint of alcohol in there. There’s an almost non existent hop aroma, maybe its an English barleywine? Taste is sweet and fruity. Caramel covered cherries mixed in some toffee, but add a bit of a hop bite. Lingering sweetness in the finish with a little bit of alcohol heat. Sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel, light level of carbonation and a relatively thick body. As an old ale or English barleywine I really enjoyed this, as an American barleywine it misses the mark. Nice sipper, great flavors and aroma, I might have to check out some more brews from Mendocino.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit and toffee. Flavor was sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, alcohol, candi sugar and some notes of honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Aroma of sugary molasses, toasted raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel funk. Brown appearance with a crimson tint. Taste is off balance sugary caramel, brown sugar, intense toffee, maple and faint booze on the finish. Overall, not my favorite. It’s got some pretty funky off malty flavor. C rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 Bottle. A- Caramel, red wine, dark fruits, sweet. A- Red brown color, hazy liquid, tan head. T- Licorice, cherry, red wine, dark fruits. P- Full Body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- A super good Barleywine. Lots of fruity flavors and some nice spice from the anise tones. Very smooth and at 11% the alcohol is hardly noticeable at all. I’d like to try this with a year or so of age on it. A solid brew all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5306) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2014
355 ml bottle. Clear amber body with a nice, dense off-white head. Aroma is basically caramel malt and dry fruit. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, dry fruit and medium bitterness, some alkohol. Full body and sweet aftertaste with a slightly harsh bitterness after a while. Drinkable but not very exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (980) - - MAR 9, 2014
deep amber color; sweet malt aroma; a well balanced beer, sweet malt with notes of caramel, bitter hops, and alcohol

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