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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
At 10.5% alcohol by volume, barley wine style ale is in a class all its own. Intense caramelized flavors create sweetness which is balanced by huge additions of Galena hops. Cascade aromatic hops are added at the end of the boil to compliment this strongest of ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Red brown ale with no head. Lightly smoked raisiny malt aroma. Sweet candi sugar taste with smoked malts and warm alcohol. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
22 oz bottle. Dark brown, crystal clear beer with a thick tan head. Sweet clear malty aroma, big fruity aroma, some spicy and citrus hops, a bit of bready and toasty finish. Flavour is very sweet and fruity as well. Nice interesting yeast, blackberry/cherry, sweet plummy malts, brown sugar, bready, with a light citrus hop flavour, peppery, slightly alcoholic finish. Much better than I expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Cloudy brown w/ a slight mahogany hue & frothy, light brown foam. Roasty/burnt aroma of chocolate, caramel, & nuts. Mild phenols evident. Syrupy feel. Flavour is sweet & malty w/ somewhat unpleasant notes of pepper, ash, & stale nuts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
Almost absent head covers the dark mahogany hue. The nose announces a serious beginning of oxidation right off through its madeira flavors. Straightforward burnt toast, chocolate and caramel offerings feels a bit like déjà vu. All about the malt. The close to roasty, calcinated crust flavours continue on the tongue for a long time, in the end dominating the sweet aspects. Coppery, slightly astringent finish is very dry, but not quite bitter, definitely not from the hops anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma:chocolate aroma,light burn aroma... Appearance:Dark brown,light head... Flavor:Chocolat,and burnt toast.......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Round maltiness, chocolate, raisins and floral hops in the ashy, smokey, burnt, roasty aroma. Opaque mahogany brown body with ruby tones is topped by a thin ring of fine-bubbled head. Very sweet in the mouth with an ashy character and floral, orange hop notes leading to a bitter, roasty finish. Smokiness and roasted bitterness linger on the tongue. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4779) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottlewerkz, Seattle. I seemingly didn’t mind this beer as much as everyone else? It was very velvety in texture and had a nice brown sugar and spice flavour. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Brune semi foncée et trouble aux reflets rougeâtres, faible mousse beige pale prenant rapidement la fuite. Des pointes de chocolat et de raisins foncés agrémentent les arômes de houblons floraux sur un fond de cendre. En bouche, son côté cendreux et brûlé rappellent vivement et éternellement le lendemain matin du feu camp dont les bûches sont encore fumantes. Alcool invisible, probablement masqué par toute cette fumée et ces cendres.. . Désolant!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Burnt sienna, with a dusty crown of lacing. Caramel and brown sugar aroma, but something was off, fetid even. My first sip reminded me of the time Barney Gumble said "Hey, someone left Beer in that ashtray!" and proceded to gulp it down. I like smokiness in Beers, but this is beyond, it’s cinders and soot, and just hangs on your upper palate towards the back of your mouth forever. A saving grace on this one was the fact that the embers hid the alcohol nicely. Bad bottle? I hope so.¨ "Thar she brews" it said on the bottle. "Thar, she blows" is what it should have been written down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
The Lure:
Black pepper sprinkled on burnt grapes. Somewhat flat and stale caramel, purporting the possible weakening of flavors already underway.

The Festivities:
Drowning in a pile of ashes. Thin-bodied with low carbonation, rather unsettling and promoting this burnt, charred, bitter bread. Cherries and figs diversify the profile, and brown rum reminds that potent alcohol resides within. As predicted by our friend Oakes, this one apparently does not hold very well.

The morning after a forest fire.

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