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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Ridge Runnerís big brother. Watch out. 100 IBU. 10%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a thin off-white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of fruit, toasted caramel, citrus, and piney hops. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and some light bitterness. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Very nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2008
22 ounce botttle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (March 2008), sampled at cellar temperature froma Maudite glass. Sooth light tan head starts at about 2 fingers and dies fairly quickly, leaving spidery lacing atop the near-opaque dark maple body....massive piney hoppy aroma at first dominates all else, but thick caramel notes show up before long along with lemon Pine-Sol; itís a bit heavy and noxious at times....I have less problems with the mouthfeel and flavor; the sweetness is restrained, the powerful hops helping cut the very thick and slightly syrupy palate....thereís an odd touch of mint at the front, otherwise itís citric, lightly woody and becoming just dry enough at the finish...carbonation low and fairly natural....not a great barley wine by any means, but the alcohol is barely apparent and itís quite drinkable and pleasant in a simple, rough sort of way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle: Pours a transparent mahogany amber with clingy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of big earthy citrusy hops and lightly sweet toasty caramel. Starts fairly full and lightly caramely sweet with a big bittersweet grapefruity character. Finishes slightly drier and warming with intense bittering hop notes. A decent barleywine that should age pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Poured a lightly hazed dark amber color with an off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with mild pine hops mixed in. Citrus and pine hop flavor with sweet full malt. Medium to full bodied with a bitter finish and some pepper from the alcohol. Nice warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Bottle@Dr.Bills Poured orange with a thin head. Sweet aroma. A smooth and sweet taste that lasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5498) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Translucent (nearly opaque) deep brown with a thin, layering and lacing, slightly off white head with little bits of sediment in the bottle. Smells big, heavy malt, heavy hops, sweet and spicy. Flavor is just as big, heavy malt, brown sugar, toffee, grain, biscuit, citrusy hops, grapefruit and pine. Finish is thick on the tongue and in the mouth with plenty of heat like a barleywine should. Nice, loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1928) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Little malt with hops and alcohol in the aroma. Clear amber orange color with a medium tan head with some lacing. Bitter taste in the beginning. Mellowing in the finish and developing a slight alcohol burn. Light palate for the amount of alcohol in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
My first reaction was overdone, unhidden alcohol and too much caramel malt but this big beast caught on with me as they usually do. There is some vanilla in the finish and although I like bitter hoppy monsters; at the end, I realized this one is overdone even though it kicks the butt of every Rock Art beer I ever sampled. It is kind of odd how a beer with such a high IBU seems to have a one-sided hoppy kick which lacks the diversity of hop flavors youíd find with say Stone Ruinification or Green Flash IPA. Iím thinking too much potency diminishes the nuances which lie underneath this beer, hence the instruction to use a snifter to detect them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bomber - From my son on Christmas - Pours a very dark reddish brown in color with a small whitish head that covered the top of the beer. Aroma was malty sweet with a nice amount of spicy hops. Flavor was very strong of citrus hops and hops bitterness. Some malt undercurrent, but that was erased by the strong hoppy bitterness. Much more hoppy than a traditional BW, but enjoyable none the less.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
I have to say that Iím not a fan of the kokopelli (sp-1?). It looks like a weird doll staring at itís private parts with a telescope or something. Anyways, this one had a big hoppy bite that never went away. I normally like Barley Wines, but this one was too hopped up on goofballs and it interfered with the taste. Warming, yes, and that was nice, esp. on such a cold cold night, but I feel like I need to scrub my mouth out with a piece of pumice rock or something.

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