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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2011
Gold wax dipped pint bottle with metal stamp. Pours somewhat hazy, dark amber-orange with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that fades to a ring quickly. Aroma is big on caramel, sweet citrus syrup, buttery toffee, toasted nuts, a touch of pine and sweet grain. Flavor is sweet buttery toffee, more citrus, some rinds, cooked stone fruit, sweet dates, sweet sherry, some dark fruit, earth and sherry notes come out as it warms. Palate is medium bodied, syrupy throughout and lightly carbonated. Pretty decent barley wine, a bit on the lighter side of the barley wine spectrum and not super complex, but tasty and deceptively strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
bottle, cloudy copper color with excellent aroma of french toast sticks, flavor falls off a little but still quite drinkable, with bready sour malt and marmalade and cherry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7389) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Tbh I canít identify the vintage of this one, it looks like the one pictured but without the tag. I bought it recently from Discount Liquor, they also had the silver one. Im guessing it is 06 but i could be wrong. Pours a deep reddish amber with a 1 finger off-white head that quickly dissipates. It appears to be decently carbonated with bubbles racing ot the surface. The smell has a ton of butterscotch, caramel, and alcohol notes. The taste is a bit thin for the style but the nice mouthfeel helps it out. The taste has a lot of toffee and maltiness. There is some fruitiness as well. It is sweet but not overly cloying, but not overly interesting. The alcohol never gets in the way. Overall it is a decent attempt at the style but there are other better ones out there. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-23-2010 05:40:53

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (2778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Thick cloudy dark amber pour with a cream-colored head that vanishes as quickly as it pours. Aroma is a bit metallic, but sweet with caramel malts molasses, and dark fruit dominant. Medium body. Dark fruit, caramel, and molasses dominate the flavor with a disappointing metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Sampled at the SLC Holiday Tasting. Lightly hazy amber pour with little head. Aroma of sweet malt and ripe dark fruit. Flavor is super sweet fruit and malt, with almost no balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2010
16 oz bottle from TC Craft. Pours a deep caramel brown color with a couple fingers of eggshell colored head that quickly fades to virtually nothing. Aroma is pretty boozy (not in a bad way) with some dark fruit notes, specifically raisin. Flavor matches the description quite well, definitely has some qualities of port & sherry although the hops have not surprisingly faded completely away. Nice sweet finish that makes your tongue think you have indeed been drinking something from the wine family.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was moderate to long lasting. This is a complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5412) - Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
2007 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thin whitish foam on top. The aroma is rather sweet, with an emphasis on toasted caramel malts, raisins, ripe fruits and honey. At this point, the alcohol seems to be more hidden. The flavor is more of the same: sweetness, ripe fruits, some oxidation. The finish is very soft to the point that it almost disappears. No bitterness to speak of. Medium-full body. This didnít offer much outside of a fruity sweetness. I would like to see more complexity here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber with spare off-white head. Aroma and flavors of cookies, caramel, and apples....almost reminds you of an apple dumpling from Pennsylvania Dutch country. Nice balance of candied sugars and tartness of Granny Smith apples.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
In short: A gross disgusting sweet mess.
How: Bottles at two different tastings. This rating for a bottle at Post- BCTC 2010 tasting
The look: Almost clear copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is uber sweet with vegetal notes. Taste is slimy, honey, rotting stuff, sport gear sweat, vomit, whatever. Someone popped up a bottle at a later tasting two months later (working through my backlog here) and it was just as bad. I donít know whatís wrong with that brewery but this is not the first beer I rate below 2 from them. That beer is like a gay bull. It is fucking bullshit.

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