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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4361) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
(Bottle) Purchased a 4 pack from Brewery Creek for $15. Pours a thin, white, foamy head with an intense, bubble filled orange body. A pleasant, warm hoppy nose stands out but there is really a nice balance all around. I like the mild carbonation and medicinal malted base but its the young hoppiness that clinches it from me. Very nice... I look forward to the other 3 bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a nice light chestnut color with 2 fingers of creamy tan colored head. A bit light looking for the style IMHO. Wow that’s an awesome smell of Barley and Chocolate malt intermingled with a mellow floral hop and some deep caramel. A really good smell is pouring off the head of this one! Very smooth and rich up front but extremely balanced. Lots of up front barley, chocolate and caramel leading up to that smooth mellow floral hop finishing up the rear. Great taste! Subtle hints of alcohol throughout make this beer incredible! This beer feels like it fits better than it looks like it would. It’s smooth and rides the tongue to the throat without choking in alcohol or overwhelming in any one flavor. Fills without over-filling. This is drinkable in a 4pk but even then I wonder how many I could have. This is a sipper. A good sipper though! So far my fave from this brewery! Good job! Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Brown 12 oz bottle acquired in a recent trip to Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA. No freshness date. Appearance: Not so clear as I expected. A rich mahogany, reddish brown with a thin cream-colored head that fades quickly, leaving a small lace. Nose: Super-candy-sweet malt, dark wood, caramelized raw sugar, dark German rye, and a slight, whispering note of flowers. Palate: A great big smack of sugar followed by a rich bitter chocolate wave, which gives way to dark caramel, and is usurped by lots and lots of hoppy bitterness (without the hop flavors though). I also think of sweet tea made with brown sugar, and that floral note is there, but I canít put my finger on it, and itís not a usual "hop floral" thing either. Carnations? And thereís a plug of deep tobacco there, too. Notes: A big, sweet, and rich barley wine. Itís aggressive and a little clumsy in that the individual flavors seem distinctly defined and not blurring into one another. A good beer in the interesting manner, unique even, and Iíd definitely recommend it. A pipe-smokerís barley wine, Iíd say. And better than I was expecting (Iíd never had contact with this brewery before...got a bottle of the IPA to review too!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On tap at Brouwerís Hard Liver 09. Pours a crystal clear copper color, with a mostly malty nose, and a thick, dense, retentive head. Artificial fruits on the nose - seriously like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Nice and hoppy, especially in the flavor, countered more with fruit than with malts or alcohol. Effervescent - really good stuff. I could certainly have a bigger glass of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
This dark amber ale poured with a fluffy tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. The flavor is toffee, syrup and treacle with some raisin-flavored alcohol. This is the kind of beer that you either love or hate. Iím of the former persuasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Grassy hop aroma along with grainy malts accompanied by caramel, toffee, and prunes. Itís a dark amber color with a dissapearing orange head. Tastes thick with tons of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Itís balanced well by a grassy hop punch. A good American style barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
On tap. Speakeasy old godfather. Medium Brown pour. Thin white head. Light booze hop nose. Malty mouthful with a hop booze finish. Interesting and complex. Weird but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
2 12oz bottles shared at Gerryís Xmas Big Beer Vertical. Thanks Gerry! Pours a deep brown, slightly copper colour with thin head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma, sweet. citrus, a lot of orange some lemon lime. Bittersweet flavour of caramel,toffee and brown sugar. More grapefruit notes later on. Alcohol is pretty evident and not as refined as I would like, perhaps aging will melow this. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Medium amber brown, white head. Brown sugar, slightly doughy nose with toffee, herbal, resinous hops also notable. Tastes a bit like cookie dough, maple, more brown sugar, dried fruit, lots of floral and resinous hops finishing it out with a lingering bitter. Bold and tasty with enough balance to make the sweetness tolerable. Definitely a nice American style barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2007 bottle. I've been saving this for a long time. Pours dark brown with a small off white. Nose is cotton candy, caramel, hay, pastry and booze. The taste is still bitter. Wow. Good base sweetness but the flavor has rounded out so well. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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