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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwerís Cafť for Hard Liver, pours murky dark orange. Aroma of toffee, toasted malt, nuts and dark dried fruits. Flavour of caramel malts, balanced sort of with hops but with a cloying sweetness. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear deep copper color with a medium white head. A big dusty fruity nose. The flavor is on the side of fruity and highly hopped BWs with some caramel, biscuit and light toffee. Very nice brew. Clean and easygoing. No sense of 10%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5632) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Neimanís place. Thanks Neiman. Lovely clear reddish amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, piney and resinous hops (slightly stale), caramel and cookies. Flavor has some sweet malt, caramelly and cookie-ish, some fruitiness and quite a bit of bitter piney hops. Medium to full-bodied. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2010
@GABBF2010. Clear amber color/ thin tan head. Spicy caramel, sharp pit fruit aromas. medium body. Flavor follows the smell with spicy caramel, sweet tart pit fruits, and a slight metallic off flavor...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. At 4 Hands. Orange brown with a big bubbled head. A nicely hopped nose. Big biting hops are tasted but it is also smooth. Huge malt profile. Fruit is big but cannot quite compete with the hops. Very good but just a bit over done.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. Caramel malt nose with some hop. Malty flavor with grassy hops and some caramel before a bitter, earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4277) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
GABBF 2013
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big off-white head and some lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, caramel and pine
Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... [2009 vintage] Poured dark amber with an pff-white head. Still fairly hoppy with two years on it. But the hops played off like they were stale -- old hop flavor. Toasted almonds, little bit of buttery lettuce and cabbage. Mild carbonation and a little boozy. Some yeast notes towards the end. It was alright, but I donít think this is true to Barleywine style. Perhaps American Strong.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Toronado barleywine fest 2010, listed as "Ninkasi Barleywine," which I assume is this beer. Pours reddish amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is very hop-forward compared to many of the others at the fest. Rough citrusy and grassy hops, typical profile for Ninkasi. Just a little sweet malt. Flavor is caramel malt and loads of citrusy and grassy hops. Some light fruits as well. Medium-plus bodied, really palate-wrecking with all those hops. Pretty good overall, but not a standout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
22-ounce bottle. Impressive-looking beer: Murky brown with a thick head and lingering, foamy lace. Full bodied with a lively carbonation. Boldly flavored with very rich elements of toffee, toasted bread, chocolate and nuts. Also has nips of burnt bread crust. Hops are just as strong, fortunately, with assertive notes of pine, citrus and grass. Bitterness has grapefruit flavors and flower aromas. Throat-warming alcohol is fitting. Curiously dry finish, probably from the snappy bitterness and the scrubbing carbonation. Some acidity is noticeable here and there. Overall, itís a solid barley wine with plenty heft.


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