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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5101) - 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 (709) - 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 (9411) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
Murky brown with a caramel head. Malty aroma with figs, plums and canned peaches. Sweet, plummy, burnt raisin flavours. Richly malty, but only slightly chewy. A little tart and vinous in the back - don’t bother aging this one as it may be turning in early.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2005
Great sweet aroma, big sweet grainy flavor hinting towards french bread yeastiness and some dried figs. Great palate too, sweet and sticky with a nice hum of alcohol warmth. Not too unique, but very very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1765) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours amber/copper, with a tan head. Aromas of butterscotch, sweet malt, fruit, and some hops. Not as sweet as the aroma would suggest, with the butterscotch and hops coming thru the most. Very interesting and somewhat different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Dark copper, light brown color with a nice, well-lacing, frothy tan head. Sweet caramel butterscotch with a touch of green hoppy pine. Body starts with a nicely balanced caramel sweetness and resiny hop bitterness, finishing semi-dry with hints of tartness. Nice, flavorful and drinkable barleywine. Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Poured a slightly hazy reddish orange color with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma was fruity and malty with a touch of alcohol. Sweet malty flavors with a nice bitter finish. Medium to full body with a good warming sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2005
Dark rufous with light specks. Quick foam falls into nothingness. Ripe tropical fruits on the nose with candied malts, pine tar, and solvent-like alcohol. Restrained carbonation with scattered prickliness. Sugarcane-sweet with sharp alcohol notes, initially, yet evenly juicy and profusely padded with polished tropical fruit and berry esters. Tongue-numbing mixture of alcohol and hop pungency punctuates the well-aged breadiness of the malt. Sugary grit lurks beneath the slick fruitiness. Cedary-alcohol astringency lends enough dryness to quell much of the sweetness while intensifying the pungent citrus rind hop bitterness that flourishes in the finish. Pretty simplistic, but unexpectedly sound.

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