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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Almost Imperial IPA nose of big hio resins. some malt balance. Nice toasted nuts and bread palate. Not overly complex but well done with only a slight hint of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Reddish pour. Socky, vinous, and stinky like when Victory Old Horizontal is not at its best. Brown sugar, unctuous, out of place resinousosityitude.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
On draught tonight @ Toranado in San Francisco, California. Dark burgundy in color with a small and diminishing light purple head. An aroma of honey, mild fruits (huge hints of grapes) and hops (the west coast piney, resinous, grapefruit ones....) Like mostly barley wines....I really can’t complain about the flavor. The malt backing is adequate, showing honey covered dark fruits and caramel and the hops are profound, oily and coating. A pretty tasty beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
on tap @ toronado in san fran. the godfather had a nice ruby red body with no head in sight.loads of hops in the aroma and the flavor.id say this is more like a i2pa than a barleywine.although it was still very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Kind of a difficult beer, stylistically. Not really enough malt to be a barley wine, and a little too sweet to be an imperial ipa. Still, a very good strong amber ale, with a good malt body well infused with hop flavor. Reminds me a lot of Sierra Celebration.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
This "Barley Wine" pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin to medium thick tan head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, fruity and malty with a strong grapefruity, piney hop note. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with nice fruity notes, a good maltiness and a piney, hoppy finish. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue and slightly dry. Not my idea of a Barley Wine, but definately a good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
a purple version of clear rust. small off white head. raison and hop aroma. dark fruit rasionish body to it. weird, this tastes like a raison ipa, not a Bw at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Crystal clear pure amber color with a huge climbing peachy-tan head...big hop aroma with ripe grapefruit and some sweetness in the background...Very clean & balanced and light for a barleywine...clean fruitiness, some honey-dew melon malts...seems like it should be thicker or more syrupy but it aint, and you can’t complain...nice clean aftertaste...its nice and refreshing with no notes of alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Copper brew with a thin tan head.A failure at being a barleywine but its a excellent Imperial IPA. Floral hop nose, citrusy hop flavor, medium/full body.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 (26Dec2002--draft) A wonderful surprise! Excessively thin head, though surprisingly persistent and effervescent. Still, undercarbonated. Is this a cask-conditioned ale? Again, like the Alaskan Smoked Porter, it may be the bar's fault. For a strong ale, what a pleasant nose; pronounced peaches, with Cascades hops in perfect amount. The best use of Cascades I've tasted yet. Deep copper color. Flavor like the nose. Alcohol (9%) hidden well. Bittering hops balance the malt and fruitiness well. Bravo! Although listed as a barley wine, the bartender called it a 'double IPA'. Makes me wonder if I wasn't indeed drinking Speakeasy's double IPA. Judging from the spotty CO2 priming at that bar, I'd not be surprised. Reminds me more of a seasonal like Sierra Celebration than a full-fledged barley wine.


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