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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from kp. Thanks! Enjoyed this the inaugural Liquid Sunshine Tasting at bitbucket’s house. I believe if I remember correctly suzygreenberg was sitting on my right, bvc to the left, bitbucket across the table, after4ever was at the end and there were tons of other cool dudes there too. Bob cooks good burgers too. Beer poured light copper. The aroma was a mix of malt and hops. Somewhat sweet with hops. Light booze in the finish. A good brew. Hold up... I can’t rate this remedial... The aroma was a little lighter, especially when compared to the barleywines we had before. A touch fruit, caramel, light grapefruit and floral hops. Caramel, floral hops, moderate sweetness, the carbonation is rather bright for a BW too.. My only complaint is that it seemed to be a bit subdued for the style. Still nice though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2009
08 750ml corked and caged via TheBeerSommilier. After staring into my cellar like a zombie, I chose to open this, because I needed a big beer and I wanted a new rating and they came together in the form of hellbender. Drank from one of my reidel snifters. Pours rich orange with a creamy tan head. Nose is sweet and rich and smells pretty damn nice now with some hops in there too. Taste is hoppy, sweet and rich with a prickly mouth feel and a slight back end warming. I gotta say this hits the spot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Deep reddish amber with a large off white head. Caramel and fruit aromas predominate, with a backdrop of hoppiness. Smooth, medium body and carbonation, a bit sticky. Tends toward sweetness with plenty of malt flavors, but sufficient hop balance to round out the finish. Pretty decent, a solid offering from this Western NC brewer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep amber with a very large frothy head- over carbed for a BW. Aroma is sharp dark crystal malts, toasty caramel, lot sof dark fruits, and a good relatively fresh hop presence. Lots of hops in the flavor lead it to become a bit bitter in the end- still lots of deep dark sharp crystal malts, toffee, a bit of molasses, somewhat green and earthy as well. Higher carbonation giv es it a lively mouthfeel and not quite what I would expect in a BW. Pretty good but not outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2009
25 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber body, clear, with a nice frothy beige head. Nice sticky heavy lacing. The nose is big and heavy toffee malt with a good bit of resiny hops. The flavor is very similar, big caramel and toffee maltiness, some brown sugar, and a little resiny hops on the back end. Pretty well hidden alcohol, lots of nice dark fruits. Mouthfeel is full but soft with nice light fizzy carbonation that cuts the heavy malt well. The more it breathed the better this got. A pretty solid Barley Wine. How these guys do organic stuff so well, I’ll never know.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3185) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
750 ml bottle provided by beastiefand2k. Pour is ruby orange, slightly hazed, with a one inch off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of fusil alcohol, caramel honey sweetness. Some Vanilla notes. Nice nose. Taste is sharp alcohol, bright vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is not quite as pleasant as the nose, mostly the alcohol jumps out a lot more in the taste. Palate is medium, with sharp residual alcohol. Thanks for sharing this Eugene.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
bottle, from brewery. Good aroma, sweet. malty, chocolate, caramel, fruity, orange, fig/date, little berry, little orange, little leather, little candied sugar. Clean dark orange color, Big Head, good lace. Bittersweet flavor, doesn’t have quite as much as aroma. caramel, candied sugar, berries stand out to me, Medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, bitter dry finish. Good brew, was still a little on the hot side with the ABV and could of sat a while longer, IMO. Aroma, was good for a lot of little nuances as it warmed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2493) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thank you. Pours a rich golden caramel color with a lasting biege head. Smell on this barley wine is oranges and caramel with a light alcohol component. Taste is orange like hops and a bit of booziness to it. Medium bodied. A bit too mild flavorwise, actually. Wanted it to pop a bit more. Good, but not great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2008
sample on Nov 6, 2008. pours a deep red with a small white head. aromas of fresh piney hops... medium to full smooth body with a nice bitter presence. this one was fresh and the hops really shined. a great american english barley wine mixture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Courtesy of tpd975. Thanks again, you rock!!!! Pours clear deep copper with tall rocky tan head. The mild aroma has deep sweet maltiness, some dark fruity esters and a muted pine hop note. Overall a mild aroma for the style. The taste is malt and pine hops before sweet sweet caramel malts and very dark fruity esters rise up and take over the flavor. The taste is pretty bold but lacks the full dark fruity esters and caramel depth of an English styled barleywine and lacks the hops to be an American or west coast version. So it is in the middle and tasting pretty darn nice.


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