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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Small Batch Series: From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4523) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Rated on 6-12-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large semi-fizzy off-white head with a lengthy retention, gold transparent body, slow rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is pine, citrus, grapefruit hops and malty. The flavor is pineapple, fruity citrus hops, sweet, caramel malt, alcohol, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit thin. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is too fruity tasting for my enjoyment and I enjoyed the aroma better than the flavor. It is a sipping beer with the high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (635) - Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2014
deep golden amber color..left a decent 1 finger head that is quite smooth with a few small bubbles...nice looking offering that has a nose of dried pineapple..sweet malt..wooden notes..mouthfeel is medium bodied with an amazingly smooth not boozy mess..nice amount of carbonation.finishes with a hoppy fruit forward presence with a slight alcohol tinge/burn in a good way..this has some imperial ipa in it mixed into the barleywine..better than anticipated..a few years on this seems to have helped things out here...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattkorsgaard (32) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Sweet and smooth. Love the mild grapefruit. Hides alcohol well. A great session barleywine if there is such a thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Rated fr0m a b0mber snatched fr0m a l0cal supermarket: It p0ured a deep br0nze b0sy, clear, with a very slender head. The ar0ma was sweet pale malt, earthy h0ps, a spretzen 0f grapefruit, and... Iím n0t sure what. Sweet t0 the taste, a mild citrus bitterness, a spl0tch 0f vanilla, and a w00dy bitter finish. (N0t a sentence that. 0r this.) I was left w0ndering if Iíd liked this 0r n0t, which means Iíll pr0bably try it again... which makes n0 sense, I kn0w.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Batch #2, enjoyed to celebrate my landing at least a long-term temp job, which could end up going for a while. Bought Aug. 2012. yes, looks quite blond as barley wines go. Pours a big foamy head too, straight into a small snifter. Smell is, though, kind of volatile and rubbery. I hope that is driven away as the beer gets a moment to breathe, ÖOkay, after a while, the volatiles have gone away. Still smells a little solventy with alcohol. Still, it has a strong taste that is expected with the style, but I think using lighter malts means youíre giving up more malt character than any other part of the beer can make up for. Especially the toasted oak, which brings in a lot of tannins, more than Iíve run across in an oak-aged beer before. Still, strong alcohol, thick malts do mean I got what I paid for, after all, at $6 a bomber, thatís Lagunitas territory. And it may get better if allowed to lay for a good long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Batch 2 bottle. A clear golden body with a white head that had some retention. There was a nice presence of carbonation. Aroma had a strong vanilla quality upfront. Notes if grapefruit, citronella oak and caramelized sugar. There was also a touch of alcohol. Flavor was dominated by burnt sugar and a banana like flavor. Hops were mostly floral and there were notes of grapefruit. Alcohol was a nice warming presence in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (613) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Starts with a large, upwardly cascading head. Slow to dissipate. Leaves plentiful, chunky lace. The liquid is amber and clear. Nice smell of warming alcohol and pale malts. A touch of honey in the background. Some grapefruit (hop) notes in the background. Rich and nearly cloyingly sweet. There is enough bittering hop to bring balance to the taste. The alcohol is ever present. The swallow is an interesting blend of spicy hop and sweet unfermented malt. The aftertaste lasts a long time. I donít taste any buttery flavors from the oak. I think this is one of the better Barley Wines.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pras (547) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
I have had this bottle for a while and was afraid to break it out. Perhaps it would have done better sitting for a while. This was a bit harsh. Aroma is of alcohol and malt. Nothing distinct, very muddy. Flavor is booze and malt, sweetness, did not match well with chocolate as one wold expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?) A: Light amber with three fingers of whipped whites which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity and near cobweb lace. S: Vanilla, caramel, oak, plastic, nice hints of grapefruit and honeydew melon. Interesting nose. T: Sweet as fuck. Wow, for such a fresh BW, this is one sugary beast, and the yeast is reminiscent of a dunkelweiss yeast. Sweet and has a ton of cereal (corn pop) flavors for me. M: Almost too thin and flat for satisfaction. Body like a pils thatís been sitting for too long... O: Not a very good attempt IMO at a fresh BW. Needs some hops for a blonde/american BW. Serving type: bottle 11-26-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1621) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle, Batch #1, from what Iíve read this bottle is about 2 years old now. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch or so frothy off-white head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like oak, citrusy hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango), bready and caramel malt, and some floralness. It tastes like caramel, oak, pineapple, mango, coconut, vanilla, toffee, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, itís one that I thought was better and better the longer I drank it. Itís definitely worth trying if you come across it. Iíd like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future, but it does age well!

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