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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Intensely malty and complex/Rich in hops/Clean dry wine-like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Hazy dark reddish copper colour with thin tan head. Very mild malt nose. Bitter dry malt taste with dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Cloudy mahogany color with a medium tan head. Nice strong caramel, brown sugar and spice aroma. Bitter ash, citrus and hops flavors with some sweet brown sugar and caramel. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Hazy mahogany color with a medium tan head. The aroma was full of earthiness, caramel, fruitiness, and some alcohol. The flavor was quite bitter...citrusy/grassy tones, caramel, fruits, bready. The feel was crisp on the tongue with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15624) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 Dark red, hazy. Big, oaky, malty aroma rich with fruits. Soft, sweet, winey, oaky with heavy malts and an alcoholic finish. Rich, dry, a bit boozy. This is a big beer but well-balanced.

Original notes: Hazy amber colour. Earthy, caramelly aroma. Chewy palate, a bit toasty, slightly vinous. Toffeeish, rich, long, with a resiny hop finish. Ar 7, Ap 3, Fl 8, P 4, O 15 = 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark mahogany with a lihgt head and some lace. Figs and brown sugar in the nose. Raisins maybe. Caramel and roasted malts with some spices. Sour dough and yeast. Thick malts in the flavors. Rich caramel and roast. Big bitter touch. Thick, creamy palate with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Really nice looking in the glass, sparkling ruby body topped by a rocky tan head. Decent glass lace. The aroma is sweet caramel and light piney hops. Kind of plain aroma. The flavor is better, smokey with some cirus to complement the pine from the aroma. Sweet but not overly so. Lingering caramel. Very smooth full palata. Tingly and warming at the end. Decent stuff. It is really close to being an excellent American style barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled
Beautiful dark blood & ruby color, mahogany stick head, spotty lacing. Nose of sweet sticky malts & a splatter of hops to balance. Moderate carbonation & light smokiness. The flavor is sweet but hot, nice rich malts. The finish is smooth with a little bitter hot note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Medium reddish color, slightly hazy. Small sized foamy head. Aroma is caramel and fruity, cherries and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter, citrusy and grapefruity. Caramel and molasses. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
This barleywine smelled way better than it tasted, very rich toasty malts, caramel, fruit, really rich, but the taste was very thin and overly bitter. This could have used some time to age a bti and let the hops settle down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
I picked ths one up on a whim to share with Murph (pdee) and it turned out to be one of the better beers we tried. Extremely floral, Brian smelled rose petals but I thought he was imagining things due to the name until I took a whiff and the perfumy hops really do share character with rose buds...unbelievable. The flavor is similar but less perfume and far more crisp, grassy and fresh cut flowers. Not to be outdone the malt profile is there backing things up and doing quite a good job at keeping all this organic matter in line. It is interesting that this is considered a barley wine, it is strong, but is could easily go as an Imperial IPA. Reminds me a bit like a super flowerized version of the Old Guardian.

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