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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Intensely malty and complex/Rich in hops/Clean dry wine-like finish.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle, 2004 Vintage: Beer pours slightly cloudy amber color with a modestly retained beige colored head. Aroma is rich, sweet malt, brown sugar, oak, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is thick with lots of dark fruit, some very nice oak flavor, though not too much. Palate is very creamy and thick. Some port flavors as well. Not sure home many vintages there have been, but this is above average stuff.

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2004 bottle....Slightly cloudy dark red with good head. Slightly hoppy aroma with some malty/toffee flavors. Have to say this is pretty fantastic. Nice hops with a bit of smoke and vanilla/oak. I’d love to pick up a few more old bottles of this, it has aged well. Good thickness. Yum.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
The bottle comes with plastic wax, quite annoying; it pours a hazy dark amber color with red and brown shades; large compact head. The aroma is malty and mellow with evident note of oak barrel, and roasted nuts; but also a bit metallic. Full bodied, with round mouthfeel; it has a rich malt and caramel flavor, where the vanilla from the oak is a nice component, less overpowering than in other beers; it’s sweet but without excess, and it has strong bitterness, with a light nutty touch that reminds me of the British Barley Wines, but more hop resins than in those. Possibly it’s a bit metallic, and it has some alcohol warmth in the final. Overall it’s a balanced brew, quite easy to drink among Barley Wines.
Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Unbelieveable floral aroma of rose pedals. Solid head with a cloudy, pasty brown color. Taste is sweet and malty yet still balanced with the hoppy, bitter finish. Alcohol well masked.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle poured dark copper with a creamy white head. Aroma and flavor is citrus, hopps and sweet candys on the finish.
Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Re-rate from draft, August 2012 at The Pine Box, Seattle. Rosy orange, bubbly head. Sweet melon, fruity aroma. Watermelon fresh, ice tea. Hot hoppy syrup. Quite interesting and uber tasty. Smart and fun.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanuta06 (355) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Serving: from tap at Snipes Mountain Microbrewery and Restaurant Aroma: moderate caramel malt aroma. Appearance: small, creamy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Hazy, dark-amber body. Taste: heavily sweet, caramel initial flavor and finish with long duration. Palate: heavy body with oily texture and flat carbonation. Overall: excellent. I’d like to drink this again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rich42 (128) - USA - JAN 15, 2003
fairly nice - decent malt, well hopped - with good spiciness. slightly sweet - but not out of character... really only 6.2%? - seems more like 9.5% or so. now that I think about it - maybe it is that low in abv... pretty good, but not exceptional barely wine.


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