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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - 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 (1945) - 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 doesn’t 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 it’s 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 (6004) - 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 (5213) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours dark ruby with murky brown hues. A dense, tan head of a half-inch rose up at the finish of a stretch pour. A very nice cascade of ultra-fine bubbles made it happen. Aromatics are laced with dark fruit, crystal malt, and figgy butterscotch. Red wine and a bit of nougat rounds out the nose. Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat chewy and sticky. The pallet is decidedly english, but bigger. Plenty of fruit-laden malt character, and warming alcohol. Bitterness is firm and assertive enough to stave off the residuals. Some toasted malt comes forward as it warms up, as well of plenty of vineous complexity. Almost boozy, but not quite. Finishes with some mild citrus oils and lingering alcohol-laden malt. A good canditate for cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this at decaturstevo’s tasting. A fleeting off-white head forms over a medium brown body. Complex aroma of dried fruits and caramel. Sweet fruit flavor that follows the aroma. Decent Barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Sampled at Stevofest 08, courtesy of Suttree. Pours a rusty reddish brown with a beige head. Wonderful aroma of sweet dark caramel and maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Nice rich caramelized malt flavor, with some accents of cherry and smoke. Non aggressive bitterness to balance this one out. Solid and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle at stevo’s. Pours dark rust color with small ivory head. The aroma is very fruity- prune, plum, apple- with lots of dark caramel, some molasses, and bubblegum. The flavor is sugary caramel with a touch of bubblegum and some autumnal burning leaves. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5260) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Mahogany, no head. Very caramelly aroma, with a notes of fruit and smoke. Flavor is molasses at first, then a nice hop bite. Tastes prety much exactly like it smells. Some smokey flavors, some sweet and hoppy. maybe some cherry notes, too. Sampled at Stevofest.

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