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Pipeworks Santa vs. Unicorn American Barleywine

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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkleu357 (358) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3108) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2059) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4697) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1250) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atom (1434) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2707) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle sampled at a friends house. From notes. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits and citrus. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16088) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
5th April 2014
Almost opaque dark red - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is mildly crisp, minerals. Rich toffee malt with a dark toffee streak. Light malt cream. Salty hops, pine and spice and a touch of ripe orange. Whispers of marmalade and red berry fruits. Finishes light with a carbonated bite. Very nice US style barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle... Hazy burnt-orange pour with a small, creamy, white head. Fruity, malty-sweet aroma. Full-bodied with busy carbonation. The fruity flavor offers marmalade and fruitcake intertwined with caramel, berries and tropical fruits. Finishes with a kiss of light, rindy bitterness. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2340) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a murky dark amber brown with a thin light brown head and spotty lacing in the glass, aroma has a slight hop touch and has a good kick of dark fruit and sweetness, the flavor has a sweet front end with some caramel and a little bit of dark fruit in the finish, the abv is pretty well hidden, kind of a slick mouthfeel and comes across a tad bit light. Interesting, just didn’t blow me away.

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