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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Organic brown sugar and Centennial hops give this english style barleywine it’s smooth finish and extra alcohol. At a hefty 10.2% this miraculous beer is a tribute to North Americas largest Salamander, the Hellbender. A donation of $1.00 per bottle will be made to Wild South; a non- profit grassroots organization whose mission is to inspire and empower people to protect and restore the native ecosysyems of the southeast.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, chestnut brown body with a very frothy, tall, off-white head. Smell: Sweetish, caramel-minded aroma with a distinct waft of alcohol and lesser notes of bread and citrus pith. Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Touch of citrus. Resounding, resinous hop bitterness. Pinch of freshly-grated spices. Hint of candied lemon peel on the otherwise bitter, somewhat boozy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: Ask me again in a few years.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours a clear chestnut color. Aroma is subdued and mellow. Mostly malt dominant, some dried fruit does come through. The flavor is very mellow and unobtrusive. Not very exciting.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4127) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Medium brown. Foamy white head. Plain malt aroma. Flavor is way to big. Heavy bodied BW with big alcohol. Heavy, strong. Not the best, but well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (4914) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Aroma of brown sugar hints of hops and raisins. Lightly hazed brown pour with a light tan head and lace. A very well hidden abv on the front and fades to a good warmth. A good hops presence. A good solid palate and carbonation. A very nice BW.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3602) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks kp–pours a retaining off white head and hazy/cloudy amber color. Aroma is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol. Taste is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Tried again recently. A nicely done brew that I found a little smoother, but maybe that was due to age. Noogfest ’08. The body was hazy dark copper with a khaki head. The aroma was caramel with some sweet donuts. There was also some pear. The taste was pears with some cinnamon. A nice spicy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Poured a hazy brown-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Some fruity notes with a citrus hop back. Fruity sweet malt flavor with some candy notes. Nice hops running through. Medium-full boided. Nice warmingsensation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest 08 courtesy of KP. Pours a dark amber with a white head. This has a fizzy, almost Belgian influenced texture. Initial flavor of toasted grains, bread, and cookie that transitions to a grapefruit, herbal, and somewhat minty bitterness. I did not pick up as much English traits as everyone else. This one seemed to struggle for identity on my palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2008
This poured an amber color with a large bubbly white head. The aroma contains some alcohol, bread, lemons, and brown sugar. The flavor has a sour presence but is mostly sweet with some brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of citrus. Overall a nice barleywine.


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