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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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At over 10% ABV, you should prepare yourself before taking a sip. this íaint no ordinary beer. An american barleywine in style, but unique with belgian malts it wants to be a trappiste brew. It should be enjoyed at near 55F to release the full complexity of aroma and flavor. Drink in a small glass, and enjoy slowly as you would a fine bourbon or brandy. Grand Reserve can also be cellared for year over year tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
From a bottle. Pours opaque copper brown with a creamy, bubbly beige head. Tastes like smooth alcohol, roasted malt, toast, nutty, with dry grassy and citrus hops, light resin, herbs, and pine. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, toast, roasted malt, booze, caramel, citrus hops, and hop resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1257) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours a mysteriously murky opaque brown with a layer of beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and some boozy notes. Taste is boozy with a great balance between malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4044) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2014
2014 vintage as a Christmas gift from Dan; thanks man! Pours slightly hazy dark copper with a thick pillow of frothy beige head. Aroma is bready and caramel malts, alcohol spice, dates, figs, raisins, some floral notes, and some oak. Flavor is very smooth with a chewy, bready malt base along with layered notes of dark fruits, oak, booze, light caramel sweetness, and faint tobacco; great complexity. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle 13 of 801. Murky copper, with a nice dense head. Smells like fig and prune and other rich, sweet aromas. Flavor is sweet, and syrupy, with notes of raisin and prune, plus some molasses and caramel. Nice bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (607) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 Appearance: this beer pours with a huge tan head, takes a while to pour this beer down, itís a really nice amber maroon color, not quite transparent or opaque, nice head retention and density, beautiful beer Aroma: plum, molasses, syrup, sweet, hints of coffee, perhaps some grain, could be more aromatic, alcohol Taste: kind of sweet initially, coffee is in there, comes to a moderately bitter finish, creamy, caramel, smooth maltiness Palate: leaves a strong alcohol and bitter aftertaste, average carbonation, medium mouthfeel, Overall: drink this one slow like the bottle says, lots of alcohol is evident, drink this on the warmer side or the alcohol with overpower the beer, once warm it does become pretty drinkable, Iím tasting vintage 13 and bottle number 207 on 2-19-14,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
750 ml waxed bottle. 2012 vintage, Bottle no. 1709. Pours a muddy brown with a large foamy head. The aroma has notes of prunes, caramel, citrus and maybe even some chocolate hidden in there. It is fairly clean for a barleywine. Not bad! The taste has some dark fruit like flavors with a seemingly medium level of bitterness across the middle. It is not bracing bitterness. Some light milk chocolate and brown sugar flavors start to show up as it warms. A pretty good middle of the road barleywine. Thanks Evan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1424) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Parish Grand Reserve has a thick, soapy, and somewhat creamy, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, amber appearance, and some slight lacing left around the glass. The aroma is very sweet and bready, with a bit of hop spiciness in the sniff. The taste is of sweet, caramel, brown bread (think Roman Meal brand), sugar, toffee, and alcohol. Some piney hop bitterness shows up as well. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Parish Grand Reserve finishes mostly dry, mellow, smooth, and rather drinkable. Be warned- this will knock you down. Overall, itís excellent, and I would love it if others could try it. RJT

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