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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Talon has a rich amber color and a full robust body. Talon has been aged for over a year and has a traditional warming malt flavor with a delightful hop finish.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4960) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
A much more subtle and refined barleywine than I expected from this brewery, especially since itís relatively fresh - aging would make this really good - anyway - nice ruby color and substantial, clinging lace - aroma of candy sugar, lighter fruit (strawberry), caramel and a hint of alcohol - a little thin, but not too much so - strawberry and caramel flavors mix surprisingly well - not overly sweet - slightly vinous - floral hops in the finish, with just a touch of warming alcohol, just the right amount poking through - for the price, this is exceptional - I will def. be buying a few bottles for aging.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"one of the weaker (in flavor and body) barleywines iíve had...especially american BW. overall itís still a barleywine, and itís got a decent sweet flavor and aroma of caramel and a touch of hops, but itís not all that great for a BW."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Aged a few years in my cellar. Lots of red ale like toasted malt, not so drinkable although true to a British style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit strong on fruitiness, but not bad. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barelywine style. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1727) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Just a touch better than the other BW from this company. Smooth in a good way, just not large in many.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Dark reddish copper in color with a tan head. Deep, dark fruit and malt. Sweet, full, strong. Raisins, cherry, fig flavors. A nice example of a barley wine that would likely age very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, and light alcohol. The flavor also found dark fruits and molasses with a hints of roast. Full body and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Backlog rating. Bomber from Rodmanís, D.C. Strong and sharp beer, from the first of its boozy glowing amber pour. One of the first majorly hop-aggressive barleywines I had, and one that I still enjoy from time to time (though I notice itís now described as an American Strong Ale on its label). But while the hops are certainly quite forward, this one isnít like Double Bastard so much as a strongly malty base with a serious makeover in the finish. In other words, the strength is from boozy intensity all the way round.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3181) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a clear ruby with minimal off white head. Aroma of candied fruit...red twizzlers. Flavor is candied fruit, odd saltiness, metal...oxidized/cardboard. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a fruity/woody/bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20842) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Bottled@Monks Cafe Wallingatan, Stockholm. Pale ambery brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, rye, some alcohol, mild fruittyness as well. Flavour is the same with sweet burnt sugary notes as well. Burning and quite sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edgallow (2282) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2012
22 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel malts and sweet. Taste is sweet malts and the alcohol. nice beer


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