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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
1999 Vintage

Poured a dirty bronze with an ecru halo. Huge alcohol in the nose with very rich sweetness showcasing caramel and sweet fruits. Carl says, "Belgian yeast" and I nod in agreement. Flavor finds a sour start, a rich, malted center and a heady, sour finish. Aftertaste made me think I had eaten some cheese. Maybe a nice cheddar. A killer beer... very interesting. Iím glad it finally got entered into the RB database and must say by reading the other reviews that aging is the way to go with it.

<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Events-Detail.asp?Eve Vintage Beer Fest 2006<font size=-1>

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
2005 Bottle. Pretty stuff - clear red-amber body under a creamy a persistent light tan head. Strong aroma of raisin, prune and cane sugar mixed with alcohol. No hops, really. Odd for a fresh bottle. The flavor has a nice raisin/sugar/wine sweetness vivisected by a distracting dry stale bread thing. The finish brings about some apricot, smooth sugary sweetness and a drying red wine quality. No hops on this radar screen but thatís OK, the flavor does will w/o them. Iím torn on getting a second bottle for aging as there arenít any obtrusive flavor components that need smoothing out like hops, alcohol or one kind of malt. Itís already well-blended together but just not that interesting. Perhaps my palate needs that unbalanced sample first in order to be able to appreciate the aged version.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2006
Aroma pretty one dimensional,alcohol and dark fruit, light amber color fruity estery raisiny sweet with alcohol and vinegar overtones,slightly overcarbonated but this should balance out in time Body too thin for a barleywine

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2006
Bought a 16oz and saving a 33.8 oz. for 3 or 4 years. Pours an amber color. Carbonation was lively. Still bubbling after 5 minutes. Not that very potent but could smell the alcohol. Smell of fruit, raisins and rusty nails. Tastes better than it smells. Fruity, hoppy, bitter and the alchol aftertaste. It was sweet but still carbonated. A good barley wine.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2006
Copper color with a soft beige, slowly diminishing head. Aroma is quite strong, and quickly loses some of the volatiles (a good thing). My first thought was that of german sauerkraut, with sugar and caraway. Some heavy overripe fruit abound, with pineapples, peaches and pears. Seems to be developing a mild stomach acid scent. Cheese and rice, is this sweet. Full fruit syrup and brown sugar dance slowly in the mouth. Some hints of a mild cigar late in the quaff. There are some triple qualities. but the sweetness continues to overpower things. Oloroso sherry is one thing, (I was never a big sherry fan (well there was that one Sherry in in high school)but a barley wine that seems to miss the mark and lack a presence of hops doesnít make sense. Strike two on the anniversary brews. There will be a verticle with their BW of ~10 years ago.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
16 oz. bottle picked up at the brewery. Clear, deep fiery orange pour with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Nose was quite pervasive with a tripel-like light fruit profile (sliced apples and pears), strong yeast, and Port wine esters. Flavor was very sweet with crisp light fruit sugars, slightly darker berries, and Port. Palate began crisp, but a fruity sugar explosion and powerful alcohol hotness threw the balance out of whack.. which resulted in a cloying finish. Overall too sweet and too hot.. but may mellow with some cellar time.


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