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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Name: Thumbprint Barley Wine
Date: November 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear gold, wispy off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, light fruityness, rich, sweet, balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
This poured a hazy light orange color with a beige head. Not what I expected this one to look like. Aroma was sourdough bread, lemons, and light caramel. Flavor was spritzy and fruity, with underlying sweetness. Certainly more like a wheatwine to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2668) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is crystal clear, appearing a light golden color. Mild effervescence and a lasting quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma brings malt, caramels, alcohol, maybe a hint of butterscotch candy. Alcohol presence is nicely disguised. This one could sneak up on you in a hurry. Malty, fruity, a tad sweet. Hop presence shines in the finish, offering a light bitterness. Overall, I thought this was really solid. I would have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-08-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1452) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Well, not sure why I haven’t reviewed this. Awesome extra from someone. Oddly orange pour with a small white head. Lots of sweet fruit on the nose, ripe strawberry dominates this, not in a weird way either. Lots of caramel and toffee as well, and some booziness but not anywhere near 12%. Sticky. Little hop bitterness in this one really. Aggressive and in your face but miles ahead of most bruisers of the same style. I haven’t enjoyed a barley wine like this in quite some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle from the awesome CanIHave4Beers. Pours slightly hazy dark golden, nearly orange. Small white head. Nose shows toasty biscuit and graham cracker malt sweetness as well as bright hops and sweet citrus. A big, sweet beer, but nice savored just below room temp. Great for sharing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4210) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Had this at the RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, Light hazee on a pale looking beer. Smell is quite sweet, something like hardtack candy. Yes, does have some of that barley wine nasty american wannah bee feel to it but lighter when compared to other american BWs. Does have some co2 in there which makes it a little more friendly. Seems to come across more like an old stronger ipa. Not too viscous and I like that in a BW. Does not seem like 125, maybe 8; perhaps they miscalculated?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
From a bottle. Pours a brown color and a slightly off white head. Aroma has lots of caramel, toffee, and light cocoa. Taste is very similar with some light hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7107) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Big thanks to GhostFace for shipping me a metric ton of this wonderful stuff. Cheers Neal!! The 12oz bottle pours clear deep gold with a thin light tan colored head. The aroma offers up apricot, apples, malt muted pine and some floral notes thinly ringing the edges. The taste delivers smooth thick sweet malts, pine hops and a good bit of floral hops midway and into the finish. Just another well crafted brew that is smooth and balance and bold and at the edge of also being aggressive all at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Caramel colored pour, moslty white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light spice, spice cake, very light hops. Nice flavor here, caramel, bready, a bit of hops. Good stuff...really another winner from a great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
December 15, 2012 bottle shared by Brandon. Clear orange pour with some head. Aroma was caramel, spice and alcohol. Taste was consistent with aroma, just a bit too much spice for me.

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