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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   IBU: 106   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4110) - 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 don’t think this is true to Barleywine style. Perhaps American Strong.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5656) - 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...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Draught at the Toronado Barley Wine Festival 2010. Herbal and earthy hop aroma with a touch of maltiness. Very bitter flavor with almost no malt character in comparison. Hard to drink, as the hops just take it and run all over the place with bitter. Honestly, not that bad, but really not a barley wine I want to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. highly bitter, surprising for the style, but not for ninkasi.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2124) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Tangy red maltiness, slight soy, unripe grapefruits, citrus rind, caramel and toffee, pretty middling.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (954) - Washington, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle, pours a ruby red with a massive cream colored head, lots of lacing. Nose is classic barely wine, sweet, heady, alcohol. Nice mellow attack, not overly sweet, alcohol and malt. yumm.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours cloudy amber with a very light white ring for a head. Aroma is caramel malts, light booze and very light hops. Flavor is very bitter. Not sure how I feel about this one. Light carbonation and light bodied.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhunter151 (523) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Pours dark amber with a white head. Caramel, fruity hops, toffee, booze. Just an ok beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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