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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Fad: Lysegul helt diset øl med et lille skumhoved. Ret grim egentlig. Duften er meget humlet men sød og afundet. Smagen er ekstrem drikbar uden den store bitterhed men med megen sødme til at bakke den tropiske humle op. Lækker men grim øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Neat white head misty orange gold pour medium carbonation aromas pine caramel toffee citrus wild honey stone fruit marmalade spice ginger woody earthy notes flavours caramel toffee pine marmalade pepper apricot honey peach lots of hop and malt richness alcohol touch like sweet sherry the finish rich Barley wine best notes lovely hop use rich malt lasting alcohol bitter pine notes lovely to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1217) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a lightly cloudy orangish amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hops, grass, tropical fruits and sweet malts. Taste is caramel, sweet pale malts, grassy hops, resin and alcohol. Blended decently well together but something seems a bit off... Maybe it’s still too young and could use more aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a hazy amber-copper with a medium sized white head that sticks all up the glass. Aroma is tropical fruit, grass, citrus, malty and caramel. Flavour is rich malt, caramel, moderate alcohol, heavy hop oils giving a good thicker mouth feel for such a high abv beer, med-high bitterness that lingers a little into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Capped, 750ml bottle, painted blue with a squidbilly crab for a label. Clear, orange color,white foam. Smells of an English BarleyWine, sweet wort nose, mellow hops. WHOA, this is a strong one. This beer will turn your scrotum inside out! Very strong. High alcohol, very fusel. Finishes with notes of bitter flavored wort, toasted grains, bitter, earthy hops. Wow. (4117) To the caveman!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (339) - - JUL 7, 2014
cloudy orange color; piney, citrusy aroma with an underlying malty sweetness; the name pretty well says it: lots of piney, citrusy hops and big IPA character, with a barleywine-like sweet malt background and alcohol notes; perhaps a little bit muddled and confusing

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3466) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Copper orange pour with a thick white head. Sour and off aroma. Some hops but a ton of malt. Not balanced. Flavor is identical. Sour and sweet and unpleasant. Leaves a weirdly dry and sugary aftertaste. Swing and a miss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Strong malty note like a barley wine, sort of a citrus hop note as well. Look is strange. Pours very light in color. Almost a wheat beer color to it. Little head. Taste is very unique. Has the heavy malty finish of a barley wine but the light hoppy middle of a IPA. Palate is heavy. Smooth. Finish is a little intense. Overall a very unique beer. Brings some good notes of an IPA, brings some strong notes of a Barley wine. Doesn’t do either exceptionally well but I appreciate the uniqueness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3304) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pours a clear mahogany with a thick pale tan head. Aroma has yeasty, hoppy and fruity notes, not as strong as with some other BWs I have sampled but still inviting. Powerful flavor leaps onto the tongue like a tiger, assaulting the palate with hoppy and brandy notes, and an alcohol bite like a barleywine otter have. It leaves an alcohol finish with a hoppy underpinning and a hint of pear/cherry. Thick texture has a dusty hay feel and an alcohol chomp like an angry Rottweiler. Don’t be crabby - get crusty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, light booze, floral hops and candied fruit notes. Taste is sweet malt, booze, honey, candied fruit, floral hop notes, caramel, light toffee and citrus notes. Body is medium-full with a dense, bubbly carbonation and light warmth. Slightly sticky. Ends with more caramel, booze, toffee notes, sweet malt, honey notes, candied fruit and floral notes.

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