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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ridge Runnerís big brother. Watch out. 100 IBU. 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2008
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "12 07") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Pours dark reddish-brown with one finger of tan head that recedes to a thin covering with pretty good retention. Aroma is initially quite hoppy - mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Also a slight bit of sourishness - a bit unpleasant like used dishrag. As head recedes there is more candy malt - like cotton candy. Mouthfeel is medium-full, a touch syrupy. A syrupy film coats inside of snifter with bits and dabs of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy in the fore, mostly pine. A candy-malt sweetness underneath. Medium bitterness builds toward finish, providing a little pinch in finish. This beer is quite hot and may benefit from some cellaring. This one also kicked me in the ass quite quickly. Not the most complex or best of barleywines but certainly a big step up from the Ridge Runner version. Certainly richer and tastier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet caramel with notes of floral and citrus hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours a coffee colored hue, with a thick foamy head, and nice lacing. Slightly boozy aroma, cotton candy, caramel. Flavor has a lot of caramel and some booze, tea, some spices, with a bitter finish. Smooth, full-bodied. Drinkability is hampered slightly by the big ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
A piney, but very drinkable barleywine that hides its ten percent alcohol very well. Yeasty and caramelly at first, the beer slowly reveals its big hop presence. Not as delicate or as delightful as some bourbon-styled barleywines, becuase this beer is a bruiser -- and it lives up to its name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
22 oz. bomber poured a hazy brown with thin head. Aroma of fruits, bread and hops. The flavor was a ton of malts, doughy and sweet caramel, followed by two tons of hops. I liked the initial malt attack to give this beer real good body, and the citrus and bittering hops just finished it off quite nicely. Full bodied and full of flavor, with a great stickiness. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very dark ruby almost brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was sweet and fruity (cherry?), with a soft underlying hoppiness. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, and surprisingly strong maybe with some cherry. A thick beer with a bit of a bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davin (48) - Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2008
The aroma is of malt and raisins and is carried by the alcohol. The taste is resinous and bittersweet. This seems like the kind of beer that would be better after a year or so of aging. Even now it is good if you donít mind the coarseness of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle. Medium brown with small tan head. Aroma of malt, milk, caramel, and, piney hops. Flavor the same with piney lemony fish. Decent stuff,but nothin to race out to get....probably the best stuff they make.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Hazy dark amber body with a small tan head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 3.7 On 03/14/2008. Hazy brown body with a medium tan head. Sweet brown sugar and molassas aroma. Heavy molassas flavor with light sugary notes. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Pours a darker amber brown body with a small tan head. Aroma is lots of sweet, sugary hops with some pine tones. Flavor is quite sweet and syrupy with lots of carmel malts, a big shot of one dimensional piney hops that donít really stick around long with a sweet vanilla and bubblegum finish. A little alcohol coming through in the finish. Deín the best Iíd had from Rock Art.

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