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RATINGS: 855   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winter Warmer. A rich, full-bodied winter warmer crafted in the British tradition of holiday beers. This deep mahogany colored brew balances complex fruit flavors with a refreshingly smooth texture.

Malts:
2-Row Pale Barley, Caramel 80L, Chocolate

Hops:
Nugget, Willamette, East Kent Goldings

OG: 17.3


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
Itís not a barley wine. It tastes somewhat watered down to me. Very disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2001
While certainly not a barleywine, itís quite good. Medium-bodied, with a decent head. Nice hops on it, with an interesty spicy, licorice-ey finish. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Malty with a bit of hops. Call me a hophead but it seems rather mild to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Very malty with a little bit of hops thrown in. This is really good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2001
Dark, almost deep brown with a reddish hue to it. Real smooth. Not a lot of hops, but the label says theyíre using East Kent Goldings...no extra hoppy harshness, thatís for sure. Just enough balance to make this brew very warming, almost like wine. Kind of a hybrid between alt ale and barley wine. Iím not tasting added spices in this one, all of the complex flavors seem to be coming from the various malts and hops used in the process. I like it and Iíll bet itíll cellar very well over a yearís time.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 7, 2001
Cola tang and aroma, whisky and wood. Much better as it warms. The tannins arenít soft yet as this is still very young. A solid and pleasant though not punishing bitter finish. Doesnít have the dextrin softness of the best English brews. I can re-taste when this ages but this brew in front of me is nowhere close to holiday brews from Boonville, Sierra, Deschutes and Full Sail.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2001
Definately more of an Old Ale than a barleywine. A lot of malt with a licorice like finish. Pretty good winter brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Better after a few years. This will cellar well. UPDATE- I just had a bottle of 2000 in Decemebr of 2003 and it was VERY nice. Very mellow and smooth. No sharp edges and I am sure that it gained some alcohol. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2001
I would call this an Old Ale, not a barleywine. In any case, it is very tasty, with a nice dark, sweet malt ground emphasized by whiskyish flavors. One of the best winter warmers out there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Draught: This one pours a very dark brown, and is topped with a small tan head. It leaves lots of lacing down the glass. The aroma is somewhat spicy and malty. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon in there. The body is a little on the richer side, with a caramel malt sweetness balanced nicely with some hop spiciness. Maybe just a hint of roastiness. I donít know if you would want to call a 7% beer a session beer, but this goes down really easy. Now I know why my friends in the northwest put this stuff away for later!


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