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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2564) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Thanks to MGumby10 for this one. Chunky brown caramel pour with a thin white head. Lots of caramel and brown sugar aroma. Big bold caramel malt, spicy hops. Slightly hot finish, but very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head and thousands of small, white floaties tooling about the glass. Good retention. Cereal grain, corn and caramel are dominant in the nose. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and energetic carbonation. Caramel and lightly vinous notes. Dark fruit, thin finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for popping the top on this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. I quite enjoyed this barley wine made right here in the great state of North Carolina. Flavor was sweet, with some grapefruit, nice caramel malts, and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. I had heard this one was way too hot, but I didn’t find the alcohol to be too distracting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle sampled at mgumby10s: This was not one of my favorites of the night, flavor is brown sugar prominent, then some bitter citrus rind, wood, spicy hops, and sort of a thin mouthfeel that was a little disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4038) - 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 (4665) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
april 2008 bottle thanks to KP. deep chocolate brown pour with a nice cream rocky hard. malty, raisins and dried fruits on the nose. very easy on the palate with flavors of fruits and sugar. very smooth finish that hides the alcohol quite well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Pours a dark maroon, with a small off white head. Smells of some light bready yeast, lightly sweet dark fruits, and caramel malt. The flavor has a bit of that bready yeast complex to it, with the caramel malt becoming a prominent figure in this beers identity. The finish is fairly malty with good doses of bitterness attacking the leavings on the palate. Decent little mix of dark fruit is left in the aftertaste. Not bad, but didnt blow me away.


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