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RATINGS: 111   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9462) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
On tap @ source. Shannon says that hellbenders are gotc worthy salamander ticks, so I’m obviously excited for this beer. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Fairly sweet, candy, toffee, fruity aroma. Fairly well balanced. Caramel. Moderate bitterness. Booze well hidden. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6811) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle via NC trade- thanks again, John! Pours a clear copper with a small, wispy off-white head that quickly settles into a film. Aroma of caramel, some grassy and herbal hops, grapefruit, raisins, wood, and light florals. Flavor of caramel, grass, mellow spice, dates, resin, nectar, honey, and wood chips. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, resinous mouthfeel. Some bitterness on the finish. Excellent barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5825) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a cloudy dark amberish brown with light beige head. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel and vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. A nice example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours clear copper color with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors with mild bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish copper color with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, soft fruit, caramel and slight floral hops. Malty flavor with a big sweet caramel character before a bitter hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle
Aroma: Citrus, brown sugar, floral hints, alcohol
Appearance: Dark reddish/brown with small off-white head
Taste: Sweet, a bit syrupy.
Palate: Warm alcohol up front, lively alcohol laden mouthfeel. Chewy, although a thinner mouthfeel than I might expect.
Overall: Smooth, tasty sipper in the likes of bigfoot. This is a big beer that doesn’t try to hide the alcohol. No off-notes or unpleasant flavors, making this quite pleasing to drink

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 On tap at the source. Pours deep amber-brown with a thin khaki ring of head that doesn’t lace much. Nose involves cocoa, toasted malt, earthy and herbal hops, some lighter citrus, brown sugar, and alcohol vapors. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter flavor, not intense at all. Ligher side of medium bodied, actively carbed, syrupy and sticky, with a lingering toffee-tinged bitter finish. Decent, but unrefined, drinks way too light for the style, and seems young. Age might completely erase what hops are there, though. More like an imperial amber or brown than a true barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (891) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - pours clear dark red with a nice tan head. Aroma is very cream brûlée. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 oz serving at the brewery. This is a fine barleywine that feels and tastes like it has a bit of aging. Not much head to cover the clear copper body. High ABV fairly well hidden. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, with ruby notes. Medium, beige head. Big syrupy and caramel aroma, with some earthy hops and some vanilla, smoky notes of scotch. Very sweet flavor up front, with some significant bitterness through the finish. Medium to heavy body, silky and acidic feel, with a little carbonation coming through in the finish. This is a very strong, scotch-esque beer, with an abrasive, yet remarkably delicious flavor. Recommended.


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