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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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This beer is aged on new Missouri oak. The wood has a medium toast, which helps to caramelize the sugars in the oak and adds a nutty character to the beer as it soaks into the wood. Leave the corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and pop open a beer that will reward you with more flavors than most wines can dream of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (846) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
Bouteille 750ml, gracieuseté de BlogueDeBieres, merci! Couleur acajou pâle trouble, mousse beige foncée riche laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme boisé, malt grillé, sucre d’orge. Goût de tire d’érable, malt grillé, sucre d’orge, boisé subtil. Carbonatation moyenne, corps dense, collante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
750ml bottle into a wine glass. A: Pours a very hazy dark brown color. There’s about one finger of off-white colored head that retains itself superbly given the strength. Not much lacing is left behind, though. S: This is very woody, especially when it warms up. Before that, it’s dominated by a ton of fruitiness - mainly cherries, figs, and raisins. There’s also a leathery undercurrent. It’s a bit simple for a barleywine, but it’s quite solid otherwise. It becomes quite good when it opens up sufficiently, hence the semi-high score. T: It starts off dominated by toasted oak. It finishes with a lot of oak flavor, too. Sandwiched between all the woodiness lies some decent dark fruit flavors in the middle. Another great feature is that it strikes a great balance between being not sweet and being not alcoholic. In fact, the finish is a touch bitter. It really improves once it warms up, but its lack of depth prevents me from giving it a 4+. M: Soft, creamy, but a bit too carbonated. Again, any problems from the feel can be alleviated by just letting it sit: it loses its carbonation and improves in flavor. While it finishes dry, it still has a long, caramel-laden finish. Make no mistake, this is quite dangerous: there’s no booze to get in the way of just sipping the hell out of this. O: Upon first sips, it was about a 3.25: serviceable, but far from great. Let it reach room temperature, and it becomes a 3.75: not quite legendary, but incredibly good. For that reason, I’d gladly drink it again, and I might even buy another bottle if I see it on the shelf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
’11 bottle. Murky caramel pour with no head. Oak with raisin, toasted malt, darker fruit and plum, and light alcohol in the aroma. Heavy dark fruit with raisin and light char with alcohol in the taste. Coasting mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draft at the 4th Annual Mad Fox Barleywine Fest (Sunday). Poured a slightly hazy light ruby color with a small white head. Aroma was dominated by vanilla and woody oak notes. Boozy sweet caramel malts, touch of light pine. Flavor was sweet, dried fruit, with caramel, pine, and oak notes. Easy drinking. If you got a bottle, prepare to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1908) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 31, 2014
750ml bottle: 2010 vintage. This one pours a hazy coppery color. Pretty much no head on it. This has a really nice nose. It’s got a bit of caramel malt, some vanilla, oak and some fruitiness also. The taste is also very good. It has a subdued sweetness from the caramel malt, notes of the vanilla, oak, some faint cherry. This is really an excellent barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Un beau liquide rouge brique, légèrement voilé, coiffé d’une volumineuse mousse beige qui reste en place longtemps avant de laisser des traces. Un nez de sucre d’orge, de malt et de bois qui semble assez minimaliste et volatile. Le goût est dominé par l’acidité qui s’empresse d’effacer le côté sucré. Corpulence moyenne où sa texture soyeuse se présente avec une sensation granuleuse. L’arrière-goût est plutôt acidulé. (953-301213)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Aroma:Oak nose,vanilla... Appearance:Clear redish,good foam head.. Flavor:Oak flavor,vanilla,light pine hops flavor...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1239) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared by beerboxer. 2008 vintage. Pours ruby with khaki head. Aroma of fruits. Lighter malt taste for barley wine. Get hints of old hops that faded away. Aged nicely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2001) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
750 mL bottle. (Acquired from tom10101, I do believe - thanks!) 2012 vintage. Hazy, rusty brown with a lovely light brown head. It has the barleywine sweetness in the nose, but also the woody vanilla of the oak. The taste is milder and more bitter than expected. The oak comes through late. The malt comes out as the beer warms, adding another, much-needed, dimension to this beer. Nice beer, but not as rewarding as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a fluffy light tan head. Lots of oak and dark fruits dominating the nose, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, a little boozy, and a little bit of old piney resinous hops. Pretty sweet oaky note up front on the taste, toffee, piney hops, dark cherries and plums, and caramel. Very smooth tasting beer, but definitely a sweet beer.

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