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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.71%
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Barley Wine Ale is a legendary top-fermented brew with a deep amber/orange color, and intense fruit and malt nose that is laced with alcohol accented by the sweet aromas of Port. This "wine" made with barley is brewed with a French yeast culture, and possesses a complex flavor of rich malt, fruit esters, and sherry-like qualities that is delicately balanced with hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle I received in a trade awhile back. Pours orange brown with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet malt, sherry, old fruit, yeast and caramel. medium body. Finishes with old citrus and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

11/08/2010: Sprecher Barley Wine Ale... Aroma: Toffee malt; slightly oxidized; a hint of port. Appearance: Mostly clear golden color; foamy ivory-colored head; really mild carbonation. Flavor: English-style with lots of malt and some depth; maltiness moves from caramel to toffee to fruity (date, berry notes, prune) to a nice little bitterness in the finish; soft notes of red wine. Palate: Medium-full body; smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall: Quite good!

16 fl. oz. wax-sealed bottle (9.71% ALC. BY VOL.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #155 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3467) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark orange pour with a slick white head. Very sweet and caramel aroma with lots of toffee and sweet malts. Flavor is incredibly sweet as well. Caramel, toffee, raisins and other fruit flavors mix with a heavy malt middle and overly sweet aftertaste. A bit too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is classic barleywine, with a lot of caramel and toffee malt, as well as a hint of maple. The flavor is similar, with a lot sweetness from the caramel and toffee malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol and some maple. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2074) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is sweet and alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle of blutt59. Orangish amber brew with very little head. Aromas of port wine, toffee, and raisin - flavor is sugary and crazy alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Pour is almost entirely clear orange-amber, with a nice looking 1/2 inch off white head. Aroma of big sweet fruitiness - pretty intense. Caramel and some leather round out the nose. Taste is more of the big fruit, though it is somewhere between raisins and juicy fruit gum, not a terribly good combination. The big fruit taste was highlighted by some pretty sharp heat as well, though this faded pretty quickly after the beer opened up. Nice full body. This one was good, but it was a bit less refined than most Barley Wines I have had. Regardless, nice to see Sprecher branching out. Thanks for this one Jason, I enjoyed it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
Gold wax. A hazed amber barley wine with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a strange sweet sour cherry with bizarre medicinal notes. In mouth, a spoiled lactic malt with sour cherries, Hall’s drops, infected barley wine. Blahhh! Shared with GRM.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2985) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
Brown bottle, 2007, cap covered with gold wax, 16 ounces, purchased at Beers of the world, trip to Chicago with Louise on August 2 2011, savoured January 5 2012; eye: brown with an orange hue, lightly hazy, mocha head that turns into a tiny ring, no lacing; nose: toffee, hops, alcohol, light malt, prunes; mouth: toffee, hops, alcohol, malt, prunes, molasses, short finale in toffee with presence of alcohol, medium body, lightly bitter, mildly sweet, lightly grainy texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 2007 bouchon recouvert de cire dorée, 16 onces, achetée chez Beers of the world, voyage à Chicago avec Louise le 2 août 2011, savourée le 5 janvier 2012; œil : brune avec une teinte orangée, légèrement voilée, mousse moka qui se transforme en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez :toffee, houblon, alcool, léger malt, prunes; bouche : toffee, houblon, alcool, malt, prunes, mélasse, finale courte en toffee avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen, légèrement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement granuleuse; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
The aroma is musty and fruity along with the expected maltiness. The flavor is fruity with some candy sweetness with a decent alcohol, malty finish. Most Sprecher brews are rather far off for their styles that make them one-offs. On the other hand, this seems more like a unique take on a barley-wine and pretty good as far as the style.

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