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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
#7 Bottle [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Small fine bubbled off-white head. Cloudy amber color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of wood, vanilla, mild sour notes, milky like notes. Over the palate came mild sour notes with bread, grain, and fruit. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet and mild sour flavor. Mild sour and sweet finish. 7 / 3 / 5 / 3 / 10 = 2.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
1 L Bottle from tytoanderso; Nose of caramel, dark fruit, and toffee; clesr cherry-rust colored with a big, glass-lacing, straw head; flavor of brown sugar, raisins, and vanilla; finish is light alcohol warmth. Much better than their BB Impy Stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly caramely sweet malt with a touch of light fruity esters and a hint of tartness. Body starts thinner and slightly sugary but has a touch of bourbon and fruity tartness. Better than the regular barleywine, but not by much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
RBSG 07 Minneapolis Grand Tasting: Caramel ruby colored, light creamy head, nice lacing. Nose of tart grassy hop, dusty malts. Finishes with some alcohol and tart grassy fruit. Ok, but a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
2005 Edition. Deep amber with a fine, thin tan head. Rich, malt-driven aroma thick with caramel, toffee, molasses along with red fruits, oak, vanilla, and maderized characteristics. Very robust flavor profile which includes many of the characteristics found in the aroma. Quite sweet, but not cloying, with distinct bourbon and oxidized flavors. Alcohol is well-integrated into the body but still shows its strength in a long, warm finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Barley Wine, BA
Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

clear dark amber, fine tan head, infected caramel malt aroma, creamy body, rich caramle malt flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, light oaky tartness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Wow, this is freakin’ fantastic. beautiful auroma and fantastic taste make this the second-best barley wine I’ve tried. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
1L bottle, which I finally popped open at BCTC 2007. Pours a hazy, orangish-amber color; slight, off-white head with patchy retention. Dense, candy sugar and boozy maple syrup in the aroma; not much of a bourbon character. Full, chewy mouthfeel: overly sweet maple syrup and sugary mouthfeel upfront; some dried fruits and chewy candy sugar; way too sweet. Lengthy, sugary and slightly tart citrus finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this... Appears a semi-transparent dark amber with a small beige head that slowly fades out. Spots and streaks of lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of bourbon, light apple, spicy plum, caramel, raisins, vanilla, and oak. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some citrus and vanilla coming through more in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of apple, caramel, vanilla, oak, and caramel candy swirling along the palate for a warm and deceiving finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep red body with thin head. aroma is sweet, light bourbon, light sweat. Flavor is light and sweet bourbon but it is really subtle. Light caramel.

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