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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9820) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Draft… Pours very dark with ruby highlights when held up to the sun. Creamy, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Incredible retention (wish I had that kind of staying power ;?)). Vinous, dark-roast aroma. Not really what I would consider a barleywine-like nose, but nice nonetheless. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. Sweet caramel and chocolate with a dab of molasses and a puff of smoke. Bitter-sweet finish. Not many characteristics of a barleywine are offered here…probably why I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 Tasting at Brewtopia. First rating, hopefully my memory and notes will do it justice. Poured a cloudy amber color. Aroma hits with a great dose of floral hops and then the caramel, toffee and fruit hits home. The flavor is a great combination of some floral and spicy hops with some sweetness of caramel, sugar, and fruit. The bottles they were serving were very fresh and I had to agree with the Shipyard people that I spoke with that this will be amazing in a year or two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (9685) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle from Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of buttered toast, caramel, molasses and light pine without the resin. Medium body. Semi-sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle @ home. Very deep, dark maroon appearance with a tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Quite sweet, fruity, light wheaty, mild hoppy nose with hints of strawberries and some earthiness. Very sweet, full bodied, lightly red fruity, earthy hoppy, slightly wheaty, lightly boozy flavor. Sweet, fruity, earthy hoppy, slightly boozy finish. Mild yet fairly interesting barley wine. I enjoy the touch of wheat malts as it added a very unique flavor to the mix. I do think that it could use a little more aggressive hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a very deep amber color, almost brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, chocolate, roast, and some smoke. Tastes of caramel, lighter dark fruits, nuts, chocolate, and roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9135) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
A decent beer, brought in to the LCBO for a decent price of $8. Not what I expect from an English barleywine, very bitter finish, dark bodied, chocolate malts. Let’s see how my aged bottle from Maine holds up over the years.Above average carbonation. Good ingredients, but Not as drinkable as it could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Sample at the Barley Wine beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 01/14/10. The brew is a mostly clear dark brown color with red around the edges. Thick khaki head that recedes steadily, and sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit, and hops. A bit of leather as well. The finish is roasted malt with a lingering fruit left behind. Decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8247) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8171) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours deep brownish with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is malty, oaky, with cherry, feety Simcow hops, fine tobacco, prunes. Tastes dsrk malty, with figgy fruit, dark choc, rauchy cacao notes, heavy hops, nuts, and oaky bourbon. Gets rauchier late, and comes off more imperial stouty than barleywiney as it warms up. A unique barleywine, like mixing half and half chocolate impy stout with a fruity, very hoppy barleywine.

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