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RATINGS: 285   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Very thin. Maple syrup aroma. Poured a thin slightly alcohol stream and left me completely underwhelmed. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle at Skyview’s tasting. Murky brown pour with not much head. Candied sugar aroma with caramel and some toasted malt. Flavor is semi-sweet malt flavors with chocolate, toffee and brown sugar. Not enough hops to even it out but there is a hop presence at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bomber - Poured an opaque dark brown in color with almost no head or carbonation.... light tan rim of foam. Tiny bit of lacing, surprisingly. Aroma is malty and sweet... roasted malts, molasses and brown sugar... with hints of woodiness and some small hops. Flavor is a bit strange... roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and some hops at the end... bitter, almost astringent in the finish. A bit thin for a BW. I have to admit I am more than a bit disappointed... Shipyard can do better and this beer is too expensive for what you get!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bomber via trade with daknole. Nice 22nd rating with a 6.1% style percentage. woah. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light and overall pretty nice better than I expected, a tad hoppy too. Taste is pretty much wrong and overall kinda hoppy with no relation to the style. oy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
On draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a brownish red, with tan highlights and thin wet lacing. Aroma is big on caramel and woodsy notes, with brown sugar. Flavor has a roasted aspect to it, with caramel, some oak, chocolate, and espresso in the finish. Dry, medium-bodied, smooth and good, alcohol is hidden. Not sure why this is rated so low.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Butterscotch sweetness swerves into coconut shavings, while roasted malts and leafy hops combine to build sustained bitterness in this lean and bubbly Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown (this is a lot darker than the usual barley wine).
-The nose is understated for a style which usually carries lots of aromatics.
-The hops possess citrusy components as well.
-The frail mouthfeel is the main reason I found this strong ale lightly disappointing.
-This is an iconoclast of the Barley Wine family, but not necessarily a compelling one.


   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Had a bottle sample at a tasting tonight. Very sweet aroma and flavor with some lacing on the pour. Very unimpressed on this one, wouldn’t buy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Pour is a dark to medium brown. Develops a nose of choclates, cherries, and malt sweetness. There’s a bit of the typical shipyard weak hop variety flavor used here. This is a lot more wimpy than any barlywine i’ve had previously and reminds more of just a normal Porter. Fitting I guess that the shipyard signature series would disappoint as much as the other shipyards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bomber courtesy of BOLT7555. Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger tan head. Nose is roasted caramel malt and dark fruit. Taste is cocoa, roasted nuts, burnt brown sugar and a bitter finish. Medium mouth feel. Comes off more like a mediocre porter than a barley wine. Strange beer. Thanks Jason!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bomber from Sun Devil Liquors. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small light brown head. Aroma is caramel, dark chocolate, spices and malt. Flavor is unexpected for a barleywine bitter cocoa, full on assault of hop bitterness, nuts, roasted barley. Dry and chalky yet creamy mouthfeel. Seems a bit unbalanced or maybe it needs more time, but an interesting brew nonetheless.

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