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RATINGS: 535   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Aroma of yellow raisins, sweet malt, and toffee or caramel - excellent for an English barleywine. Appears a hazy amber color, with no head to speak of. Flavor is sweet and vinous in front, a bit chalky or ashy in the middle, and with an English hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is soft and velvety, with medium body, and with the slightest effervescence to cover the alcohol a bit. Overall, a very good barleywine.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (61) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
Wasn’t totally impressed with last year’s version when I first had it, but after letting a bottle sit for 8 months or so, this one is growing on me. A really rich caramel malt nose on an orangey-brown body. Full-bodied malt with rich caramel and plummy dark fruit round out the thick caramel malt taste profile. A touch of citrus and complementary hops make this a winner, with a little aging.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (253) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
A barley wine with some flaws. The aroma is the best with the beer. Nice malty aroma with a little citrus from american hops. The taste is light caramel with some citrus. Some harsch alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Amber coulor with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Brilliant clear amber/copper under a generous off-cream head. Big sticky nose of delightful stone fruit and cherry and plums, and dark fruity caramel. Nice sticky flavor that’s balanced with a earthy, leafy sort of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Lots of caramel, plum, apple, raisin, cherry and dark sticky maltiness throughout until the hoppy and leafy finish. Really complex and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].

[ As Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale ].
ABV: 11.8%. Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, hoppy, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140301]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bomber, 2013. Pour is a clean clear copper with a good ivory colored head. Aroma is caramel, bread, plum, pineapple, orange, spice and pininess from the hops. Taste is bitter up front smoothed out by a sweet malty body. Sweet citrus fruits, caramel and earthy hops come through. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. Definitely an American style barley wine but smoother and not as hop aggressive as say a Bigfoot ale. Booze is felt on the way down but well hidden in the taste. Pretty nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thebullshornbar (73) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
While many American barleywines seem more like overly sweet Imperial IPAs, this one actually feels like a barley wine with a present yet balanced hoppy backbone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weezel (189) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Big nose of hops and some malt. The pour is a clear brass color, with no sediment. Taste is hoppy up front with some sweet malt to back it up. More on the American style BW, but it is good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Malty, earthy aroma with nuts, bread, and some wood and alcohol. Rich, malty, bittersweet taste with caramel, apple and raisins. Finish is fruity bitter with a fair amount of alcohol. Another nice effort in their Big Beer series.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (646) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
650ml, dracks hemma 8/3-14. U: Mycket snygg klar->disig bärnsten med två fingrar smutsvitt/gulnat gräddigt skum som lämnar tät gardin. Mycket snygg. D: Sockervadd, karamell, grapefrukt, litchi, läder och alkohol. S: söt karamell grapefrukt, litchi, aprikos, lite fet ton av gräddkola, läder, trä och pepprig mix av alkohol och hög barrig beska. Lite lakrits i eftersmaken. M: stor kropp, mjuk fyllig kolsyra, oljig klibbig. T: Klassiskt amerikanskt bw i samma still som Old Guardian, great divide och bigfoot. Sött karamelligt grapefrukt läder och massa barr och alkohol. Lite för mycket alkohol .


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