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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with slight white head. Aroma is mostly caramel . Tastes of dark sweet fruits, caramel, toffee, some spice. Palate is sticky and sweet with a noticeable boozy burning. Courtesy of OldMrCrow for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
Courtesy Old_Mr_Crow. Pours a cloudy caramel brown, with a small off white head. Big bread, cracker jacks, cookies, caramel malt, and vanilla stood out. I liked the nose. The flavor is huge sweet malt, maybe a bit too much. Big grape, apple, and other sweeter fruits stood out as well. Tastes like a barley wine although a pretty sweet one. Fairly standard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Dark amber in color. Dark dried fruit in the nose, maybe some figs, some caramel and alcohol. Flavor is fruity as well with a huge alcohol presence. Finish is bittersweet. Mouthfeel is full and pleasantly warm. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with no head. The breadsy, malty nose offers notes of sugar cookie and caramel; simple, but elegant. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Sweet and caramelly. Bittered just enough to prevent cloying. The high ABV is very well hidden. Bittersweet, caramel finish. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mgumby (I think). Definitely the best smelling barley wine Iíve come across. Aroma is a bit like whiskey soaked caramels. A bit of chocolate and a small touch of citrus that must be from the hops. Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. Handsome looking beer. Taste has a bit of alcohol and bitter hops up front with a really awesome long caramel malt finish. Very tasty and quite drinkable considering the ABV. A quality barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Dark ruby/tofee color with a small tan head. Rich caramel aroma with a citrus hops. Citrus/fruity hop flavor with some pine and sweet caramel backing. A bit of some darker malts. Summer fruit/cherry lingering with some sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and comes on at the finish pretty strong. Time will tell if this gets better. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Fresh bottle.

Pours deep red caramel, bubbles clinging for a long time to the edges of the class. Where does this beer go wrong? Better to ask where doesnít it? Hot vegetal aroma, some coconut, caramel corn. Flavor is alcoholic, very burnt - to the point of being ashen, again vegetal, bitter-medicinal, muddy hops, all-around disappointing. I guess itís drinkable but barely and certainly not worth the ABV.

I think I owe apologies to all to whom I have consented to trade this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy dark amber body with no head. The nose is moderately sweet with berry, sherry, toffee, raisins and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet with rum, raisins, black berry and herbs. Full body is sticky, medicinal and warm with light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2005 vintage at Hard Liver 2006. Dark amber/ruby color with a thin head. Strong sweet caramel, pit fruit apple skin nose. Heavy syrupy body. Big, complex aged Barleywine taste of ripe pit fruits and sweet spices. really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Thanks to Suttree for this one. A rusty red pour. Excellent aroma of dried fruits and hops. A fruity cherry flavor that fades to a date flavor. Carbonation is good but the palate is just a tad thin. A smooth full bodied BW. thanks Phil

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