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RATINGS: 547   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (5847) - 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 (294) - 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 (905) - 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 (2167) - 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 (12025) - 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 (3860) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1041) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber red amber beer with a large white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, spices, dried fruit, raisins and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, herbs, nuts, dried fruit and apricots. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
[6333-20140522] 1pt6floz bottle. Caramel grains aroma. Murky, brown body with a quick foamy white head and thick floaties. Thick fruity caramel pineapple flavour. Full body is sneakily boozy. Good, a surprising and muted good find. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5703) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Shady orange, medium tan head. Bready, bisquity, and slightly caramelly malt aroma, piney and citric hops. Medium to full bodied, mmedium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1359) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Majority of 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 9-11-14. “Bottle-conditioned in: 2013,” so this beer is about a year old. Juicy, fruity aroma is pleasant and simple and features scents of red grape, lemon, and caramel. Pours a clear copper with a moderate amount of golden taupe head. Hazy, cloudy, and containing suspended particulate only in the final of multiple pours. Produces long-lasting lacing. Dry, spicy taste features flavors of orange, caramel, dry Curacao liqueur, cream, lemon, lime, and cinnamon. Briny and boozy. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body (lighter than I expected and light for the style). Lively in the palate. Overall, Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale is forgettable and not particularly likable. Like all too many other barley wines, it’s just “too much” to be enjoyable.

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