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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a lite-med. copper with a thin lacy head. Aroma is green apples with lite citrus hops and a toffee maltiness. The body is somewhat thin and shows the signs of lots of sugar. The flavor is very green and harsh with some caramel maltiness and resinous hops. The finish is dry and overly hot. This might benefit from some aging and bottle conditioning but is still going to lack the body of a great barleywine. Boozy and unbalanced. One of the poorer barleywines I have had.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2006-Aroma of floral hops and grapes. Appears a crystal clear reddish-orange hue some slow effervescence of small bubbles, and with little or no head. Flavor is intensely, overpoweringly hoppy, with a huge thick malt base that tastes of caramel; this beer could potentially require years to settle down and meld but right now it is assaulting. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this beer may be stupendous in years to come, but right now it is not great.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
12oz. bottle. Deep orange-red with a small tan head. Syrupy malt, apple juice, and some alcohol in the aroma. Rich malt, caramel, brown sugar flavors. Residual sweetness, some alcohol heat, and a pantina of resinous hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, fairly chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Clear mahogany pour with no head. Aroma is sweet with some hops. Thick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet with a lot of hops. The bleeds over into the Imperial IPA style, but with a lot of malt. Alcohol bite kind of hits you in the end, but is well masked. Nice beer, no matter what category its in.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a medium amber/ruby color. Sweet hoppy aroma. Some malt and some candy sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty right up front with a bitter hoppy bite. Finish is rather bitter, with a slight alcohol flavor. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Very full of flavor and quite hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Draft. Ruby beer with no real head. Clean, fresh malt flavor. Low malt aroma. Clean and finishes easy. Some orange-citrus flavor, but nothing too special. Hides alcohol well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Very good brewpub Barleywine. Medium orange pour, frothy off-white colored head. Sweet, sprucey aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity with strong citus notes. Just the right amount of hoppiness. Alcohol hidden well. Chewy mouthfeel.

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 (2652) - 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.


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