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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 On tap at the Rattle ’N’ Hum. Classic barleywine,unexceptional, with a little bourbon, a tad of chocolate, a tad sour. Dark colour with white head.Mouthfeel a tad above average. Malt complexity draws you in a bit, but taste does not quite live up to it. Maybe better on cask.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9611) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (9571) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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. It’s kind of simple but quite appealing nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8689) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Draught at the Speakeasy, San Francisco, CA. 2015 vintage.
Hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan head. Dark fruity hops and malty sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is dark fruity hops, sweetness, hoppy bitterness, mild alcohol and strong bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8634) - 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 it’s 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 I’m not enjoying my bottle towards the end. There’s a lot going on in here - not all of it good - but I’m 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 (8619) - 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 (8593) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Brought I think by Max. Pours a clear light brown. Dead still, no head. Smells like rubbing alcohol and plums. Flavor is all burnt malt and isopropyl. Terrible.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7870) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Nice nose of citrus, malt, caramel. PRetty amber orange flavor. Malty flavor, citrus, smooth, orange, rye-like spiciness, pepper. Good stuff.


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