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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Dark ruby with a creamy off white head. Lace plus is what was in my notes, but I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean. An almost sour aroma greets you at first but quickly moves into a caramel and roast malts. Figs and dark crystal malts. Citrus is maybe making some of the sourness. Flavors bring out the bittering hops. Great caramel malts. Sweet malts come out next. Raisins and brown sugar. Alcohol. Thick, cloying and sticky. I like it. Finishes bitter with an awesome malt backing. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Tawny ruby color, oily slick head with some retentive rings of lacing like a rescue crew. Nose of sweet plums, malt, fig, licorice, alcohol. Super tasty smell. Tastes roasty and chocolatey with strong alcohol notes and finish. Complex, a bit balanced and very anticipated. I like! Strong alcohol in the finish and overall palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle. Brownish color with little to no head. Nice malty aroma with some sherry and burnt caramel. Taste is candied sugar and sweet, toffee and light oak. Nicely maked alsohol. No burn, lightly hopped, really, really good. Addictive. Thanks HERFTYdrF (Andre) for this real gem.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Bottle pours mahogany, fairly clear, large fluffy sandy colored head, virtually no carbonation, but with sticky lacing.   Fruity aroma, some melon, along with raisin and plum.   Seems fairly sweet, with hint of alcohol.   Sweet maltiness, some nice caramel, vanilla, fig/raisin, and a soft hop presense.   If this is 10.5% ABV, its quite undetectable!   Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel.   How could I continually pass this one up when its a damn local!   Finishes mildly sweet, raisny/figgish, with a good malt background.   Damn... a new recommendation from me for those who want PNW brews!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Medium orange color. Small to medium white foamy head. Aroma is raisins, bananas and sweet malts. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Tons of banana, clove, brown sugar and vanilla flavors. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. A well-balanced barley wine. Very smooth. Finish is very clean. Very mellow as it has aged well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing this one as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This barley wine pours with a cloudy, deep amber body topped by a thick head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity with candy sugar notes and a ton of malt. The flavor is sweet and full of candy sugar with slight notes of fruit and a very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Fest thanks to the ever kind Dr. Bill. This beer pours a deep magenta color to nearly brown/black with a mildly thick tanned head which did not want to waft away. The aroma was very pleasant with raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, bananas, cloves, and hops being dominant. The flavor relies heavily of roasted malts and sugar. Total candy, caramel, vanilla upfront up til about mid-taste then the banana and clove takeover and gutwrench your tongue into a tizzy! Some alcohol presence, but almost moot compared to most barleywines of similar character. Tons of banana in the aftertaste...total grapefruity and acetic joy! Wonderfully aged beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
poured a gleaming watery beet color with a thin but solid head atop. Burnt licorice aroma alongside some old veggies...nice thick body on which flavors of candy and licorice are laid.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2003
One of the best barleywines available in my opinion. Deep, gorgeous maroon color with a ringed head. Sweet breezy cherry aroma and a flavor euphoricaly of peach-candy. Alcohol accentuates an apricot aroma and taste. Superbly balanced, cloying sweetness and alcohol are not a problem here at all. Nearly divine. Delectable, with an enjoyable sweet finish, like the sugar residue at the bottom of an instant drink. Now available year around due to its popularity. I would definitely like to try it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Interesting aroma, fermented, wine like. Quite a strong coffee flavour which I was not anticipating.


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