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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Organic brown sugar and Centennial hops give this english style barleywine itís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Big butterscotch aroma right up front. Flavor is medium sweet with a good hit of brown sugar and a firmly hoppy finish. A bit abrasive, perhaps it will mellow with some time in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a ruby color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, astringent, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, fruity, astringent, with a bitter woody earthy finish.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1799) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bomber shared poured a medium brown with smallish tan head. The initial aroma is brown sugar, black pepper, dark fruits, and booze lots of booze. The flavor holds true and then some. This goes from the sweet dark fruits to the brown sugar to the black pepper to the alcohol burn. The pepper is not a deterrent either blends very well. Overall this is a very nice barley wine. This bottle is dated 11/26/2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1673) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Pours dark caramel color with no head. Nose and flavor go as bit oxidized, but brown sugar and caramel also persist. Medium to full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1646) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Appalachian Vintner in Asheville. Dark amber colored pour with a thin off-white head. Delicious aroma; notes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and oranges. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, however. Sugary sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is right where it should be for a barley wine of this ABV. Itís too bad the taste did not match the aroma but this is still a good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to riversideak; clear, light amber with big tan head; no carbonation in body though; aromas of mainly sugar and alcohol; lots of texture and a earthy feel to it; dry and sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1589) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle, thanks to drfabulous. Pours dark amber red. Some bubbles, irregular lacing. Aroma: toffee, brown sugar, tawny port. Smells great. Taste: moderately sweet, plum, toffee, dark fruits, caramel. English fo sho. Really nice. Full body, soft carbonation. Overall: A sweet, full bodied, very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy mgumby10. Cloudy brown color, thin, even layer of light tan head. Moderately sweet caramel and earthy hop aroma, odd citric notes in the background. Real low-key taste compared to the aroma - nice balance of earthy hops and sweetness, very little alcohol heat and not overly sweet. Above average BW.

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