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Pipeworks Santa vs. Unicorn American Barleywine

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Father Christmas, Head Beardo, St. Nicholas Cage, a man of many names he may be, yet he has but one true foe... This Holiday Season, the Unicorn is back bearing his mantle of rainbowed chaos, and this time, it’s seasonal bitches. An Imperial Red Ale, American Style Barleywine or Red Double IPA call it what you will, grab one and get your Jollies while the holiday fight is on...


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle. Pour is red/orange with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of light caramel, christmas spices, light malts, and sweet fruit. Finish is light fruit sweetness and spice with a bit of stale hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3209) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle shared by Eddy. Pours hazy dark brownish orange color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts, pine resin, and some citrus. Caramel and toffee flavors with resinous pine and some citrus. Medium to full body with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10117) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 20, 2015
from Erzbierschof - murky dark red-amber beer with a moderate foam left; aroma of caramel and prunes; full-bodied and pretty sweet, light thick; some decent bitterness and a long toffeish aftertaste with more notes of red fruits and some residual sweetness

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1511) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle thanks to malec2626. Translucent caramel with a tan head. Old hops and sugar aromas. Bitter, sticky and lots of astringent malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (462) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Big grainy smell. Some fruit notes. Hazy red body. Lots of sweet fruit tastes. Little too much alcohol taste to be great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Massive beer. Sweet raisin and plum flavors. Dark orange. Smells like Frankie. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2156) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted caramel malt, pine hops, fruit, & floral; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/molasses, toffee, pine hops, tropical fruit, and citrus; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
22oz bomber shared by Ben. Hazy unfiltered orange-burgundy. Rich malts, and a big piny resinous hop bite. Citrus edged. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Really pronounced hop bite. Cooling hop finish perfectly balances the big malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1316) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
A- pours a turbid apple cider brown with honey colored edges. Solid finger of light tan head and great lacing. S- aromas are more nuanced than other pipeworks barley wines. Caramel, apple candies, and toffee are still strong, but some coffee grounds, pine, dirt and citrus pith create a balanced entry. Various hop notes are mixed in, like grapefruit, grass and soap with some lively wet zinc dancing in the back of the nose. M- chewy and lightly gritty medium body. Decent carb. T- dirty, dry start with some overripe apples, caramel and toffee. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices follow. Hop notes, coriander, grape seed, orange and grapefruit introduced towards the middle. Ending is sharper with some bitter grasses, celery, soap and pepper. Minerals too. Nice take on the style and alcohol is well hidden and lacks a heavy burn.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (1617) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bomber pours a murky brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Creamy chewy texture, heavy caramel and toffee flavors, alcohol and some lingering hop bitterness on the finish. Yep, that a barley wine that’s been on the shelf awhile, not bad as far as those go


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