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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.


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8776) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a cloudy reddish-brown body with a tight thick beige head. Aroma of black grapes, raisins, dates, molasses, brown sugar, and dried cherries. Flavor of molasses, dark fruit (dates, raisins), brown sugar, toasted malt, and floral hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22, capped. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours clear, coppery dark amber with a dense cloud of bubbles that settle out to a lacy off-white ring of foam. Caramel, brown sugar, fruit in the aroma. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and a little hot.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
750ml bottle from trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured a murky dark brown, with a tan head. Big rich maltiness, very aromatic. Slight harshness in the front, very bubbly. Nice overall, glad to get my hands on a bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear copper-brown body with a tall, creamy head of khaki tinted foam. Showing good retention, that head leaves skinny snakes and flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are based in brown sugar and sticky caramel malt, showing sweet, hinting at figs, dates, and various other dark fruits. There’s a hint of nuttiness in there as well. Hops are primarily earthy, and they lend a nice edge to the otherwise malt driven nose. Flavors are largely the same, again based in caramelized brown sugar and some dark toffee, with maybe a touch of light molasses. Dried figgy fruit malts show a touch of welcomed oxidation, as hops come across earthy, with just a touch of pine. The palate sports medium-plus substance and lively carbonation (perhaps a bit too lively, in fact). Alcohol is noticeable and warm, but not overly aggressive. Overall, it’s a pretty solid barleywine. There are no fatal flaws, but it’s not a jaw dropper either. Good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (860) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - pours clear dark red with a nice tan head. Aroma is very cream brűlée. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (980) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - 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.


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