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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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...


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Reddish orange almost brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of big juicy hops, citrus, pine, lots of caramel and toffee malt. Impressive hop presence in the aroma. Flavor is quite upfront with hop bitterness, mild sweetness from the malt. Creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation. This finishes long and bitter. This is really nice. Nice, thick hoppy barley wine.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstrcrwly (985) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
bottle poured into a tulip..ruby/burgundy with a medium off-white head... aroma of caramel,cherries,leather,barley..tastes like it smells..little boozy in the finish..just ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1301) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. The pour is a deep red. The aroma is heavy barley malt. They nailed the style here. A perfect american barleywine. Big malt and good blend of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weark (645) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Bouteille achetée chez Erzbierschof - De couleur brune avec une mousse beige qui tient bien - Au nez beaucoup de houblon et de malt, grapefruits, citroné, mangue, resineux, thé, malt, fruits sec, fruits rouge - En bouche fruits sec, resine, malt, biscuits, the, le corps malté est puissant, le houblonnage est massif - Corp puissant, amertume forte, carbonation correcte, sucrée et amère, final resineuse et maltée longue - impressionnante une bombe tellement puissante qu’on a de la peine a tout trouvé

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Kevin’s. Big malty brown sugar caramel hoppy barley wine. Nice overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bomber. Poured clear coppery amber with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up aged caramel and lesser dark fruits with light accents of resiny aged pine.. seemed a bit old. The flavor found similar, with good oxidation accents.. tasty and malty. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation.. OK feel and flow.. past it’s prime, but still good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1649) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2016
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with fruity resiny hops and some alcohol and nuttiness.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with fruity resiny hops and some sharp alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, nice balance of malt and fruity resiny hops. A bit sharp on the alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (775) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bomber poured in a tulip. The pour is a cloudy burnt reddish brown with a average off white head that shrinks to cover the top and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is citrus, caramel, toffee, and pine. Flavor is lots of pine up front and throughout. Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and other citrus is there as well. Mouthfeel is thicker and the beer is somewhat hot, but not too bad. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially a bright grapefruit citrus with bread crust notes followed by a caramel note emerging late. The caramel brown beer is murky and topped by a white soap head that has good retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter with a medium high sweet emerging late. The beer is viscous with a fuzzy carbonation. The full body is mostly citrus and pine up front followed by caramel with bread as it warms up. The finish has a clean, citrus zip with pine. The aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and cloying caramel. It’s very much a strong ipa at first that becomes more barleywine / red ale late.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trapped (2245) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 24, 2015
Draught @ Top Hops. Dark brown with reddish tint, small foamy beige head, piney hops aroma, medium carbonation, hoppy taste with very little sweetness, coffee flavor in the background, long hoppy finish. Very interesting brew, not what I’d expect from a barleywine at all!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bomber - typical brash and one-dimensional American barley wine - some toffee and dark fruit, some sherry and cherry - light oxidation - strong hop presence and moderately strong finishing alcohol presence - nothing much distinguishes this from the barley wines made in most brewpubs across the country, but it’s decent enough.


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