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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again. Our 2012 Barley Wine bridges continents of style, a harmonious creation of Diploma Master Brewer Daniel Carey. He personally chose the hop fields that were harvested for this powerful beast of a brew. Styrian Golding, Willamette, Columbia, and Sterling with bold citrus and resin notes. All perfectly balanced with toasty graham cracker flavors of floor malted barley. Savor this very big beer at 45° F and it will reward you with an open embrace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Clear light orange pour, a little bit of carbonation and a slightly sweet hoppy nose. Flavor is medium malt, slightly sweet honey, bitters and a little citrus. Decent, slightly above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (355) - USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a thin, soapy head. Caramel and raisin in the nose. The taste starts with a hint of sweetness but then goes into an aftertaste of burnt toast and brown sugar. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1345) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Thanks to Chipalsa for sharing this brew. Nose is very hoppy. Not what I usually expect from barley wines. Grapefruit and resinous tones are followed by alcoholic fruitcake-like scents. Interesting. This one poured a golden-amber color with a head that left white lacing around the glass. The taste was also quite hop forward but died down into subtle red fruit undertones with a splash of booziness. Good stuff and different from what I have had thus far with barley wines.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This particular barley wine was very hop-forward in the scent with a nice cherry twang to it. Hops were abundant in the taste, but soothed quickly into a cherries and alcohol palate changer. With a dry and welcoming alcohol finish - this one is worth going after... if you can find it ;-).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Clear, brilliant, orange with fair, creamy, white head / Sweet, bright, nose of spun sugar, pine, and citrus / Medium to full body, sweet, somewhat syrupy, and biting, with good balance and finish /Soapy flavors of candied cherries, apricots, and dates, plus pine, spun sugar, and resin / A very unique flavor profile, and quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2012 vintage. Pours to a vibrantly glowing amber body with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet barley with some lemon zest, lemon flesh, granny smith apples, and light resin. Once tasted, the hops are quite apparent. Zesty lemons with a modest resin and grassy bitterness. Fruit compote and graham crackers. Very well balanced flavors. The palate is medium bodied with a moderate sweet lingering texture. A crisp carbonation livens this up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade

Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrus, grapefruit, and apricot. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small soapy white head. The flavor starts with sweet apricot, peach, and oranges. The finish moderate grapefruit and light alcohol. Overall, you could tell me this was a IIPA and I wouldn’t think twice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sort of strange and minty but good. Hoppy and pretty light for a barleywine. Hoppy and light for a barleywine with a bubble gum like sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jabo134 (12) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
New Glarus is one of my favorite breweries. This beer did not disappoint. It was very good but I would never guess this was a barleywine. The American hops really came through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Aroma has some nice floral notes and some nice citrus as well. nice sweet malty nose with a little bit of biscuit. Nice amber gold pour with a moderate white head. Very bitter finish with not much booziness. This is an awesomely drinkable barley wine. This beer is super awesome. Ties with bigfoot as my favorite barley wine

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