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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer is great beer - just drink it and enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1437) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a ring of off white head. Taste and aroma of bitter hops, malts, slight hint of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (8555) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Draught at the Rogue Taproom, Portland, OR. Cloudy golden colour with a tiny off-white head. Sweet malt, grassy and fruity hops, mild bitterness and sweet malty notes in the aroma. The flavour is super strong... sweet malt, bitter hops and some alcohol. Resiny hops really... and sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2346) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours a murky straw colour. Aromas are sweet malts and corn syrup. Flavours are mostly bitter. Very hoppy barleywine. But a very good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1467) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
On tap at Rogue in SF. Pleasant juicy citrus aroma. Hoppy, but not enough to disguise that this is a barley wine and not an imperial ipa. Sweet malty taste with resiny hops. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trith1 (53) - - APR 9, 2015
It's got a syrupy texture and a nice bite to it. Very fruity and flavoursome. "IPA kinda" is right - it was pretty damn bitter, but the rogue boys covered it really well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2066) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
Good malt to hop balance. Nice amber and ruby pour with a thick, lacy beige head. The nose has tons of citrus and zesty hop notes. Light pine resin. Heavy caramel and biscuity crystal malts. Nice heavy mouthfeel with a bitter, dry finish. Overall a bit of a mess but delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3257) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2015
Bottled. Pours Deep golden with a smalll off-white head. Aroma of tangarine, lime, caramel and orange zest. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent sweet DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle - hazy gold with slim white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, citrus hops. Early taste is barley wine, malts, caramel, then some hoppy IPA elements make themselves known. Barley wine sweetness through out, some late bitterness. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol. I think the barley wine classification is just about correct. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
It poured a cloudy golden color with an off-white head. The aroma was of apple, malts and some hops. The taste was mainly of a barleywine with a Double IPA in the backend. Way out there, but worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tillmac62 (423) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy light amber slightly darker than gold. Normal head volume, lacing and retention. Nice nose of tropical hops (mango) with hints of citrus (orange) coupled with a slight spiciness. As it warms, biscuit and apricot are also noted. Medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but not balanced. It begins with a richly sweet blend of fruit - primarily apricot with notes of orange, mango and caramel. Caramel comes to the forefront as the hops fade approaching the middle. In the middle, alcohol attacks with an astringent vengeance and detracts from what would have been an outstanding flavor profile. The finish is a slow fade of residual sweetness and astringent alcohol. A moderate alcohol burn is present on the back of the throat, a bit of tongue numbness and pucker.

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