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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
22. Pours nearly (but not quite) black with a thick and moussy, almost creamy tan head. Before long, it’s just a slim rim with wisps of lace. Big sweet nose--caramel, vanilla, gingerbread, brown sugar. That right away gets me curious about aging this one. It’s already got a wee bit of must to the nose, though, so maybe not. Medium, slightly creamy body, with a bit of present carb. Mid-palate shows all the sweet notes from the aromatics. The finish comes up into a light blossom of spicy, peppery hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 old ratings: 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6. 8/3/7/4/16 - 3.8. pours brown with a red tint, small tan head, and good lacing. smell is sweet, caramel, malt, few spices, some alcohol, and some dark fruit. taste is creamy, smooth, dark fruit, carmel, touch of chocolate, and spiced rum, ends slightly dry and bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by Styles. Clearish toffee brown-red body, thin buff head. Aroma of toffee and burnt caramels and a splash of prune and plum, with modest earthy hops. Toasty body with burnt notes, sweet caramel, and toffee, all somewhat oxidized. Moderate tartness. Earthy, bitter finish. Thins after a few sips.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottles from Pitonka and 5000. Dark mahogany with minimla head. Big caramel and toffee up front and besides some slight oxidation not much else. Flavor again just some malt sweetness and not much else. Some warming in the finish. Pretty straight forward BW.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
(My highest rating month ever!) Bottle: Mahogany hue with a small head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apricot, bread, herbs, pepper, and a hint of phenolic activity. The taste has an aggressive boozy character at first a then followed by sharp bitterness counter balance. The midsection develops a heavy malt and sweet tone finishing off with spice and wood. The mouth feel is lush and oily with a warming trend. A solid brew all in all but still rough around the edges. THX Chris.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3211) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
22 oz. bottle from Bottleworks. There was no date indicated on the bottle, so no idea what vintage this was. Pour is a clear brown copper with a very thin head that fades fast. Aroma of big sweet biscuit malty goodness. Not complex, but a nice nose. Taste is more of the malt and is really soft and really well put together (smooth). No heat whatsoever despite higher ABV. Nice Barley Wine. I would guess this was a year or 2 old.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2007
deep heavy sweet raisin and fig aroma, thick head. dark, dark color for a barley wine. Raisin, wood and leather.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
Beautiful mahogany in colour, thin beige coloured head, light lacing. The aroma is very malty, lots of raisins, figs and plums, light alcohol, light sweetness, slightly burnt. The flavour is rich and slightly chewy, lots of malts, some toffee sweetness, lots of dark fruits, plum cake, light alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/large body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, some warmth, continuing malty. Chewy and malty, this is your typical and average barleywine. I liked it but I found it to be lacking in some body.

650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Opened on July 26, 2007.
No best before date although I’ve had it for at least 2 years.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2007
20061111 Sampled at Cornboy’s 1st Annual Barley Wine Extravaganza
#11 2004 Bit metallic aroma but sugary, molasses. Tart to stark in the beginning but levels out nicely. Mellow bitterness settles in. Salty? Bit thin body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle that pours out the color of maple syrup, almost as thick. Good lacing, smell is of dried fruit, taste is sugary and a bit smoky. Noting that stands out in this brew except for the musty, damped smell when you first sip it might me oxidised. Would like to try this on tap.


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