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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Barleywine Style Ale is rich & malty with hints of fruity esters & a well-hopped finish. Enjoy this hearty ale with fresh fruit & rich cheese on a cold, winter’s night, or lay it up & savor it with a friend for a special summer treat.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from 2011. Muddy looking burnt sienna pour with a thin wisp of white head. Aroma is pretty much the quintessential smell you look for in a barley wine. Rich toffee and dark plum, candied figs, chocolate, caramel, oak, and a little dry red wine. Taste is a little bit of a let down compared to the aroma. It is sweet, though much drier than expected. Some raisin, prune, cocoa, and toffee. Finishes oddly tannic for something not oak aged and containing no fruit. Palate is hearty, chewy, and lightly carbonated. Overall a very high quality English barley wine. I would love to get the chance to try it fresh. I like a little heat in barley wines, and this is close to two years aged and smooth as can be. Virtually no alcohol burn or flavor. Yet another great big beer from Smuttynose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2909) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear amber beer with a beige head. Malty caramell aroma. Fruity, caramell toffee flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (213) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 4 oz pour from tap into sniffer at 54 degrees. 2013 version. Huge head and a beautiful ruby color. Nose is complex. Fruit, yeast, and a little pine. Musty (like rotting wood but not in a bad way). Full bodied and creamy. Taste has a lot going on. Fruit, grass, woody, a little citrus hidden in there. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well. No trace unless I really look for it. A little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from Wegman’s Williamsport. Bottled in 2009. Another dusty oldie from the back of my fridge. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. I’m surprised it has any carbonation at this point so I guess that bottle-conditioning thing is working. Does smell a bit boozy on the nose. diesel fuel on the tongue although there’s a hint of fig if you look for it. fairly malty on the finish which isn’t a surprise. barleywine ’s not exactly my favorite style, and even with some age this is still some potent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
650ml bottle. Brown pour, Very sweet all around, a bit thinner for a barleywine, definitely boozy, not a top barleywine for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget. Semi-gusher Hazy amber with almost no head. Sweetish aroma and flavour with toffee. Vinous, a bit too alcoholic. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours amber with a ruby red hue...one finger, dense, white head with nice lacing, vigorous bubbles. Aroma of caramel, pine resin, grass, lemon rind, toasty malt, slight earth, nuts, alcohol. Has a sweet and fruity malt profile with an aggressive high-alpha hop assault, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Typical of many Am. barley wines, but has a certain softness and drinkability for such a high abv. Overall quite good...full body, sticky texture, lively carb., and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (938) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bomber. Poured cloudy, copper in color with a off white head and nice lacing all over the glass. Aroma of fruits and malts combined with some hoppy notes. Taste is certainly boozy, lots of malts and hoppy notes, quite bitter. Very enjoyable beer but certainly a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2302) - NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle shared by daje
Deep copper, thin beige head. Smell of fruity malts, dried fruits and citrus hops. Heavy sweet, malty dark flavors, dried fruits, toast and caramel next, then some zests. Ends with a medium bitter finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber beer with a rich and lasting beige/yellowish head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, biscuits, toffee notes. Fruity toffee flavor, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, warming alcohol. Quite ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3981) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bondurants, nyc tap: 2009 version from a keg from the brewery: pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is earthy, plenty of dirt, caramel, booze, chocolate, and sugar. Taste is really complex and eally earthy. It isn’t as sweet as it is just brutally malty. Every sip sends shivers down the spibe, and the alcohol burns just a litt or maybe a lot. It is interesting but not quite palate-killing.

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