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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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
A - Pours a dark ruby brown with a 1 finger mocha head that forms a ceiling. Good lacing patterns. S - Chocolate covered raspberries, fruity malt, roasted/burnt grain, alcohol vapors. T - Dark fruits-figs, berries, sweet toffee malt, the chocolate seems to stay in the background, brown sugar, toasted brown rice. An herbal cocoa bitterness starts early grows towards the finish. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. The hops kinda threw me off. Moderately hopped for an English Barleywine. I didnít mind too much though. Drinks good. I would buy this again if it was cheaper. Serving type: bottle 02-03-2011


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaKeAFC (605) - ITALY - DEC 16, 2014
65 cl bottle, bb 12/2014. Very dark brown beer with a thick brown head. Aroma is a huge mixture of dark malts making their way into chocolate, dark bread, nutty and wooden notes, but not smokey. Then thereís a nive blend of UK hops. Alcohol is really noticeable, warming. A red wine attitude, quite complex but not excessively, reminds me of the Guinness Special Export, this fits well in the Stout cathegory rather than barley wine. Taste is well balances, nice sensation waves from malts and hops finish, moderately bitter. Body is full, carbonation is proper, mouthfilling, dry finish. I did like this one a lot and itís good for winter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"iím not sure why i was expecting more from Shipyard...maybe the shnazzy bottle, or the $7.99 price tag (mine was on sale for $6.99 - yeah me)...but I was. A signature or reserve series is supposed to represent your best, and if this is the best Shipyard has to offer, well... Pours a dark carmel tinged brown, almost as dark as a Porter, similar to Marinís BW. The aroma is nice if not as complex as Iíd hoped. Definitely sweet malt dominated, with some vanilla, caramel, and a touch of dark fruit in there as well. The taste was also sweet-leaning...like Alaskanís but much much simpler, and therefore not nearly as appealing. Had some more vanilla, oak, raisin, sugary qualities, that while not completely unpleasing, were fairly boring for the style. Low-medium complexity. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with more than expected carbonation (although still pretty low). Low head and lacing. I wanted to move on to a different beer by the end. Overall, an ok beer, maybe even above average, but for $7...a crappy Barleywine. Way better and/or cheaper options out there. Letís see...$2.50 for an Old Horizontal or $7 for this. Hmmmmmm."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tonyte123 (7) - - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
Aroma is the best part of this beer. I got a good whiff of chocolate and the malt backbone. However, the taste falls flat and the aftertaste has a decent amount of alcohol burn. Overall, not a balanced beer and is average at best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Deep sienna hue, average light gold head. Sweet caramel, light kirsch, a tad boozy (even after 18 months), with a very astringent bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (749) - Samarate, ITALY - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle @ home. Marrone, con riflessi rubino, leggermente velata. Schiuma beige poco fine a non molto persistente, molto piý abbondante che nello stile. Aroma intenso, di cioccolato, caramello, luppolo aromatico erbaceo che ricorda líortica. Gusto secco allíingresso, di cacao, mitigato dallíabboccato di caramello e melassa, seguito immediatamente da un amaro intrigante, erbaceo/floreale. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata, non molto calda. Non molto armonica ma piuttosto equilibrata, un pelo fuori stile.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2035) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Dark reddish brown with a light beige colored head. Aroma of caramel, grapes and other sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toast, and wood. Tastes sweet and fruity, toasty, and moderately bitter. Something isnít quite right with the aftertaste, but other than that itís not bad. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2277) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a very dark black/brown body with a small white head that dies within several seconds, body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. Some light spotty lacing is left. The smell had a roasted barley and chocolate come out pretty strong. Some malts and alcohol come out as the beer warms. The taste had a roasted barley and chocolate come out fairly strong but some dark fruits come out in the taste as the beer warms. The aftertaste is a bit smoky. The palate sat about a medium to heavy with a good carbonation felt. Overall, its not bad, there seemed to be a lot of different flavors going on. I liked this and am pretty sure Iíd have this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - MAR 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Limpido color mogano con sottile velo di schiuma beige mediamente persistente. Aroma intenso e dolce con sentori di toffee, frutta passita, lievito, torta e malto leggermente abbrustolito; gusto inizialmente dolciastro, caramellato e fruttato che evolve abbastanza in fretta verso un amarognolo discretamente luppolato con note tostate e di cacao. Corpo medio-abbondante, effervescenza gentile, struttura oleosa e parzialmente liquorosa, finale persistente. Buona!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (244) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
This is definitely a maritime beverage, has a salty sea flavor and aroma to it. Nice dark brown caramel pour with a slight off white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toast, raisin, roast, chocolate cookies, nuts, salty sea, oak, basement, earth. Has a nice coffee thing going on, with some licorice or star anise lingering on the palate. There is even some plum and dark fruit as it warms, some brandy flavors. Full bodied, oily, sticky texture, soft carbonation, mellow finish. A nice variation of the style, almost a brown ale/stout/barley wine hybrid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Rated on 11-30-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, opaque dark brown body with a red tint and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is roasted, caramel malt, hoppy and fruity. The Taste is hops, chocolate, caramel malt, roasty, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this certainly is a different take on this beerís style and for that it lost points with me. The flavors did not leave me wanting to have this beer again.


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