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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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7.5% abv Strong, Dark and Smooth, hold on to your hat cause youíll lose your feet on this one!" Brewed with pale, dark crystal, Munich, flaked barley, black and chocolate malts. Hops include Cascade, Crystal, Challenger and Perle. " 6 malts...4 hops, no wonder you canít tell its 7.5% Available in 6 packs and now in 22 oz. bottles.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
pours mohagony, off white head. nice english style celery and herby hop aroma. some dark malt and dried fruits, but the mouthfeel is a little thin for a barleywine. finishes slightly roasty and eathy, but again, thin for a barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
Great drinkability. It keeps me coming back for more. That's the problem, my wife banned me from this beer due to what overconsumption of a 7.5% will do!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Dark reddish brown, with a large foamy head. Malty, fruity aroma. Medium bodied, malty with a mild bitterness. I haven't tried too many barleywines, but this is definitely the best I've had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Deep ruby/garnet body, yeast present in the thin head. Rich burnt caramel aroma. Some great sweetness in the malt, burnt notes, caramelly. Finish is fruitier, a bit hoppy, but overall too thin to make this beer "great." Soft, very smooth finish. Very good for a brown ale but not complex or strong enough to really be classified as a barleywine.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Barleywine...ish was my first impression, but nothing was quite right. color was much to dark, almost black with just a hint of red when held to the light. body was to thin and the flavor was just mildly malty. that said this was by no means a bad beer, but just not what i expect from a barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Dark ruby hue. Foamy off white head. Fruity grain nose. Very subtle flavors, delicate malt backbone, medium bodied a little on the light side, fisnishes a little thin, but with nice subtle bitterness. A very mild brew, but a a very quaffable barleywine.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
The beer pours nearly black. Iím used to barley wines being a bit lighter, maybe a copper color. Hops are very pronounced in the smell. Itís a distinctive hop aroma, which Iíve had with a couple engilsh beers, but I donít know the particular variety. The beer is altogether much weaker than I expected, and frankly, i was disappointed. Itís very smooth, with a good balance. The peculiar hop aroma is pleasant, and I enjoy itís distinctive taste, but the beer in general leaves me wanting more, particularly in the body area. I can equate drinking this beer to taking a skinny model type to bed. What looks great, and supposed to be awesome and bragging rights to your buddies (if you play that game) turns out to leave you hanging and particularly, wanting something of a bit more substance at your lips. Unless of course, you donít like girls(beers) with a little meat on their bones.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 2, 2002
One of Vermontís best beers. I would try their other products, but as they are only available in 1/2 gallon jugs ... well, I have to be in the mood to REALLY love it. Fortunately, I do with the Ridge Runner, which they apparently list as a Barley Wine, but I would say is more like a very strong sweet Brown ale, with one of the smoothest, cleanest finishes in beerdom. Geez, that half-gallon doesnít sound like a bad idea . . . 2/28 rerating: doesnít seem nearly as exciting or rich as it did a year ago; I donít think the recipe has changed, but my critical faculties certainly have. Still a good strong brown ale, worth a pint or two if in Vermont. 10/02: still worth drinking, but Iíd say I now prefer Shed Mountain Ale over this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Dark amber-red colour. More like an intense amber ale than a barley wine. Not at all complex. Not a horrible beer, just mislabeled.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bob12399 (4) - USA - AUG 15, 2001 does not count
i dont like high alcohol beers as a rule but i enjoy this one everytime. the bite of the 7.2 is well hiden under a tasty flavor. it also seems smoother than others trying to do the same


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