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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8678) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Secret Santa Stefanje. Thanks Stefan! Ruby brown pour with a slightly tan one-finger head. Rich brown sugar, toffee, raisin aroma with some spicy and peppery hop notes. Very hop heavy taste. Major citrus notes, with some leafiness and some notes of raisins and brown sugar. Full bodied. Alcohol is warming and fairly noticeable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
Deep amber brown beer with a thick sticky white head. There is a lot of sticky foam and lingering lace. Aroma is quite sweet and sticky initially. Nice fresh pine resin over some other herbal hop aromatics. Flavour has a nice soft biscuity maltiness and a lingering hoppy finish. Quite bitter with a lot of sticky pine and some earthy resinousness. Itís kind of simple but quite appealing nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
This beer pours a copper brown color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is floral hops with bits of caramel and malt in the background. Medium body with a moderately hoppy character that has some west coast IPA traits. Caramel malt and toffee sweetness for balance. The finish is hoppy with notes of spice and caramel on the back end. Decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8211) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Intensely bitter, first reminding me of Bigfoot or Old Crusty for just the level of bitterness. Decent honey, melon and peach nose, grassy aromatic hops, fresh smelling and lively on the nose. Crisp, sharp, fresh tasting all around, more like a DIPA up front, settling more into the BW category on the finish, though itís still far too bitter. Mild grassy, moldy hops noted, the finish has much more of this musty mold, and after a few drinks it really starts to get in the way. Becomes the primary reason Iím not enjoying my bottle towards the end. Thereís a lot going on in here - not all of it good - but Iím afraid the hops really get in the way and mute out some of the more interesting flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Dried strawberries and potent resinous hops are inebriated by swooping alcohol vapors in this complex, but perhaps abrasive Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam slowly perishes into the clear ruby sunset.
-The resinous hops assurance develops citrusy nodes and plenty of bitterness.
-The body is quite lean for the style, offering but a few caramelized sugars.
-Carbonation is quite soft and serves the intense flavor balance well.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle from Beer on the Wall. Pours deep copper with minimal off-white head. Aroma of figgy fruit, cognac, caramel malt, honey, brown sugar, port wine. Tastes heavy caramel malty, with some figgy fruit, brown sugar, cognac, and cabernet notes. Well hidden alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottled, 2 years old, I believe. Poured brilliant, perfectly clear reddish-orange with a very nice initial cap of off-white head.. a solid dose of rising carbonation as well. The aroma was hot with darker fruit and caramel leading the way.. toffee joined in a little later.. aside from slight earthy and herbal notes, the hops seem to have dissapeared. The flavor was also on the hot side with toffee sweetness that was joined by medium-skinned fruits.. semi-dry malty finish, again little going on hop-wise. Heavier-bodied and grainy on the palate, showing severe hop degredation and some oxidation. Iíd like to try a fresh bottle b/c this doesnít seem to age well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, lightly-lacing, off-white head. Aroma of complex sweet caramel and some fresh citrusy hops. Body starts sweet and caramely malty with a touch of grapefruity bitterness and toasted toffee. Finishes slightly warming and astringent. Has a decent balance of sweet malt and fresh hops, but its slightly thinner body that could hide the alcohol better.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7046) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear copper color with fluffy tan head. Early the aroma is light with sweet sugary malts and pine hops. Really nice west coast style Barleywine flavor. Caramel malts are big and then pine hops hit. Just beyond midway a faint dark fruitiness emerges to add interest. Really nice drinkable flavor in this 10.2% ABV brew.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwerís Cafť for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel Ė pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.


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