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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a clear brown color with a touch of red and off-white head. Sweet candy aroma with a not so nice dirty smell. The flavor was sweet and thankfully short. Pine hops and more dirtiness. Semi-sweet bitter finish. Medium bodied.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Deep amber diminishing fizzy head. Aroma is Diacetyl butterscotch with toffee, phenolic plasticy crap and some sharp dark harsh crystal malts. Caramel flavor with dried candied fruits- figs and dates, some prune as well- turns into a slight salty oxidation with some sharp dark stwed malts with more phenol and plastic junk and a slick diacetyl finish. Ugh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbill (3508) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin head. Underwhelming aroma of caramel, molasses and an odd earthy smell Iíd rather not try too hard to identify. The flavor is in a word, harsh, with strong alcohol mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Bitter, astringent finish. This beer really explores the bottom range of what a barley wine can be.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Deep brown beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a strange mix of sweet caramel, brown malt and wet dog. Salty and quite bland without any real hoppy flavour. Boozy with a touch of toast. A touch of dry cocoa but nothing really comes together. Really shitty barley wine.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4491) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a thin head. Grainy aroma. More strong grains for the flavor. Finishes very soy saucy. Blah.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2009
I would not consider this beer a barley wine, but I donít know what the correct classification would be. Scotch ale or strong ale, maybe? Rating it as a barley wine. Deep red/mahogany color. Barley aromas with hints of caramel.Taste is grainy, earthy, semi-sweet. Simple flavors. good alcohol burn.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted bread crusts casually dipped in ghee with notes of caramelized grains, berries, and earthy hops. Taste: Dark caramel and pale maltiness with a minor taste of toasted grain husks and overall medium sweetness. Surprisingly, thereís only a mild buttery taste considering this is a Shipyard product. Light berry, maybe even cherry fruitiness. Earthy, spicy, faintly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Pinch of ground barley husks in the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It just never comes together to leave me saying "man, that was some barleywine!" Iíll politely say itís an acceptable barleywine. Donít wanna start the new week being a Grouch Bug, yíknow.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
22oz. bottle. Unusual aroma of dark fruits and roasty malts, with lighter notes of red grape, pineapple, cola, doughy yeast, old flowers and dusty cocoa. Deep, dark red-brown color, semi-opaque, with a fine, ivory colored head. Flavor is sweet, vinous and tart, full of dark sugars, black bread, roasted grains, berryish fruit and touches of herbal hop towards the finish, which does indeed dry out to a large extent by the end, faintly earthy and astringent late as well with apparent alcohol. Gently carbonated and surprisingly light on the palate. Body is medium-full. A little disjointed, but different.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bomber. Wet barley malt aroma not much else. Deep mahagany red held to light with tan head. Alcoholic brew with some sweet molasas and what seems to be some chocolate. odd. Creamy body texture has mix of barley wine and stout odd brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN, received 22-oz bomber via Secret Santa. Pours a clear dark copper brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of spiced caramel malt, some candi sugar, light toffee and some molasses. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, some maple, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Finish has a little gritty bite with some toffee and mild raisin aftertaste. I would give this a little more time to properly age.


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