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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Barley Wine Style Ale is a big beer made with six different malts (Pale Ale, Crystal, Caramunich, Wheat, Chocolate and Roasted Barley) and balanced with a very full hop charge of Summit, Challenger and Fuggles hops. It is a deep reddish brown color with a complex fruity nose, a very full body, and an interesting balance between grains and hops which ends with a pleasing dry taste. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.5% alcohol by volume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frothmeister (596) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
625ml bottle. Iím not 100% sure how long this has been sitting in the cellar, but itís been a while. Best before is July 2013. Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin beige head. Tons of dried fruit on the nose. Raisin, dates, figs, with molasses, brown sugar, and dark bread notes. Taste wise, the bitterness makes itself known immediately, molasses, plum, dates, eucalyptus like notes, with some very noticable alcohol that leads into a dry dark rye bread note, dried fruits, dark coffee and a Fishermanís Friend like note that rides it out until the end. I like it. No complaints here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3088) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
625ml bottle, best before july 2013, dark mahogany color, with a thick creamy tan head, with a nice biscuity, caramelized, toasted, bready, roasted malty, barley sugar nose, with some mild fruitcake, oat soft cookie, date squares, toffee, light sugar pie crust accents, and some faint toffee, dark bitter chocolate, molasses cookie, crunchy candy bar, earthy floral leafy, grassy, minty, tea hop notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth sweet toasted, caramelized, biscuity, wheat, roasted, chocolate malty, dark bitter chocolate, fruitcake, light plum juice, black coffee character, with some mild earthy flowery leafy, grassy, tea hoppy, burnt wood, molasses, toffee, barley sugar, roasted grind coffee bean, faint chocolate mint leaf, licorice flavours, leading towards a warming, sweet fruitcake fruitiness, grainy chocolate, caramelized, biscuity, toasted, roasted maltiness, black coffee, dark bitter chocolate, lingering earthy leafy, grassy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2262) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2013
From the 650 ml. bottle. 2012 batch cellared for a year. The pouur us dark brown to close to black with a full and soft tan head that lingers on top. Served at about 55 degrees I expect. These aromas are something else with that Ringwood yeast but not quite as prevalent as some of Shipyardís other brews. Beyond that there is a sweet roasted malty character, raisins, dark fruit, melted butter (from the Ringwood), brown sugar, and very subtle hops. The body is medium to full. The taste is eloquent and mellow thanks to the aging with its malt character, sweetness, and low bitterness. This was an especially good beer. I liked it far more than other reviewers I have read. Maybe cellaring is the key.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, figs, chocolate and nuts. Taste is sweet caramel, figs, dried fruits and a heavy malt profile that finishes with some roast malt bitterness and some alcohol. Overall this is a very good and interesting barley wine however it doesnít fit the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3100) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
Part of a bomber from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Aroma: Rich, deep dark dried fruits, inky molasses and brown sugar, some chocolate and licorice tones, very little booziness, a little leafy/woodsy hops. Palate: Medium+ body, a bit powdery, with relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Lots of dark dried fruit and roasted malt, dry, almost burnt sugar, deep treacle, molasses, a little licorice, very deep and sweet; sweet but not thick or cloying with pretty good bitterness and a long, deep, dark finish.

A bit different, fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sawbones79 (19) - - NOV 17, 2013
Pleasant, rich color and complex aroma. The palate is unexpectedly smooth, and the taste balances nicely between malty sweetness and bitter hops. Very nice aftertaste with a slight alcoholic heat. Not a typical american BW, but enjoyable all the same. This was rated "best in show" at a small tasting I arranged for my co-workers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (379) - - NOV 8, 2013
Strong but not overpowering taste. Deep reddish brown colour with a long lasting head. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2818) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2013
28 oct 3013, bottle. Brown and a bit hazy. Nose is meaty, dark toast, faint raisin. Thin body as mildly fizzy. Stale raisins, burnt toast, mildly astringent alcohol, maybe some slight port notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1017) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours deep deep deep red..... short off white head. Nose of well hidden alcohol, treacle, biscuit malts, and a lot of hops. Now, these hops donít monstrously endanger the beer as they go from nose to palate. Sure.... itís too young to be drinking right now. But, weíre not talking Old Crustacean. Butter tarts, pithy hops, burnt notes, cookie dough, spice bread. A little rum and wood. Tough of smoky butterscotch. I donít have a big problem with this stuff. Itís not mind blowing. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle from god knows when. This could be 5 years old. Zero hops but the malt part of this holds up ok. Soy sauce aromas. Sweet candi sugar flavor with a lot of caramel and even more toffee. Smooth drink. A touch of bitterness but I donít think those are hops. Wonder what the hop profile is like fresh because this is kinda nice as is.

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