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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 45į F and it will reward you with an open embrace.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Honey orange pour with a nice white head. Aroma is slightly citrus and toasty. As we were drinking we all tried to guess the ABV, and the guesses ranged from 7-9%. We were all a little floored when we found out it was 12%. The alcohol is very well hidden. The citrus notes carry through on the palate. Really excellent use of hops in a barley wine. Very well balanced and tasty. This was an excellent beer.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"rarely do I keep a beer Iíve had (and that is not available in the local market) on my wishlist, but this is a keeper. Thanks Lou! I couldnít imagine that this would match, or perhaps even top, the Unpugged Iced Barleywine, but it did. Itís like a Sam Adams Griffins Bow (unique in itís lighter color and palate, while still being hefty, and full flavored) perfected. Citrus hops and vanilla!! I had to read the label to see if this was oaked (it was not) but damn was it delicious. One of my favorite NG beers...ridiculously drinkable for a 12% brew. I dreamt this was a bomber last night. 6/12 - oddly showing more heat with more time in the bottle, still awesome,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. He says itís 2011 vintage. Totally hazy orange color. Thin off-white head. Some loose dots of lace. In the nose up front... A little oxidization, dark fruit, musty. Flavor is nicer than the nose. Light spice, some hop resiny hop notes. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Pretty nice, a lot better than expected. Some DIPA type notes in this, orange citrus hops. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, no cloy at all. One of the better aged barley wines Iíve tried.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5843) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a hazy dark apricot with off-white head that steadily dissipate into lacing. Smells solid; some orange citrus from the hops with a semi-sweet, malty backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel thatís medium to full-bodied. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle, about 9 months old. Orange, brown color. Sweet with brown sugar. Moderately hopped, and a dry, bitter hop finish. Very smooth palate and it straddles that line between sweet or hoppy barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (779) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle share thanks to drew cat. Pours orange with white head. Paler than I expected. Not much aroma, some sweetness. Taste us a bit light. Sweet. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2138) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to drewcat90210. Nose full of fruit and spice. Very pepper. Lots if booze but very soiled.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours a murky very orange color. Sweet light hop character , light hop aroma, citrus, more malt. Sweet, malty. Very sweet , malty, light hop character, light bitterness. Goooood.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2014
I got a bottle of this from the recent Secret Santa. Thanks! Reddish-orange with a loose white bubbly head. A ring of roam lasts around the edges to produce some spotty lacing on the glass. Candied orange and cranberry in the aroma, with toffee malt, and whiffs of alcohol toward the tail end of the scent. The flavors are smooth, for the most part, consisting of orange peel and a lot of candied mixed fruit. Thereís plenty of malt here but itís not thick and syrupy, which is a good thing. This is 12%? It seems lighter than that but thereís still a gentle warmth to each sip. Sweetness and a toasty character are noted in the body with gentle citrus hop bitterness in the back end. It starts to dry out some in the finish but never really gets "dry". If Iím being honest, this is pretty mediocre. Sure itís a solid drink but thereís nothing here to set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Barley Wine. The Iced Barley Wine he made a while back was much better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2012 Bottle: Crisp clear ruby and beautiful amber and copper tinted body with a thinnish, fast-dying off-white head that leaves large bubbles. Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, grain, oak, hops, citrus and even a bit of hops! Full-bodied; Deep pit fruit sweetness up front with a large brandy and alcohol burn afterwards, all showing some dry oak, vanilla and piney hop finish at the end. Aftertaste shows a nice complexity with the alcohol, cognac and oak flavours dominating. Then some pit fruits hit with raisins and figs the strongest, all with a pungent oak and piney hop finish. Overall, a very strong and deep beer that is still quite rough around the edges, with some good flavours and a nice complexity - just a bit too harsh, still. Great to try, but I wish I would have aged this for another 4 or 5 years, then enjoyed it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Discount Liqour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on a chilly evening on 07-January-2014. 2012 Bottle // Purchased September 2012 // Sampled January 2014

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcnielsen (2265) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange color with white head. Malty, boozy, slight fruity flavors. Not a great barley wine.


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