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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1063) - 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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (7898) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
[ Tap ][ Pisgah ][ 6oz ][ Taster ][ ? ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Pours a clear red/ruby with beige foam. Nose is sweet cherry liquor, white alcohol, Twizzlers. Taste is anesthetic, medicinal, Twizzler. Sticky sweet, not my style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (5029) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Pisgah during RBWG. Very sweet taste up front... Maybe the sweetest beer I’ve had all day. Clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Some ropes and dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lightly creamy carbonation. Light bite to the taste. Lightly slick. Some tropical, red fruit, spicy malts. Alright scotch / winter / whatever type of ale this is.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (1716) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Pisgah. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Malty, caramel, malty sweet flavors. A little above average barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (895) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft pour at brew pub copper. Nose sweet malt and light dank hop. Taste sweet up front, some heat, dank and floral hop. Bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blomster (229) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Light colured. Smells like sweet gummy bears. Taste is alcohol, fruity hops, candy. Not a favourite

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - 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 (5875) - 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 (4447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 (2910) - 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 (4532) - 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.


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