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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
From bottle #7 at sk8vikings American blind tasting. Pours hazy orange with a lacing off-white head. Milky lacto bacteria and spiced aroma. Citric and woody flavour with dense caramel malt base. Chalky and woody finish going into a short acidic note. Not good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled - tasted blind. A hazy amber beer with a thin lazing orangey head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel and over ripe fruits, but also a hint of acidity. The flavor is sweet amlty with notes of caramel as well as an acidic tart horseblanket note. How can a BW turn out like this?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
(Bottle 100 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Hazy amber golden with a beige head. Distict aroma of oak and vanilla. Medium body with notes of caramel, wood and vanilla with everything being overpowered by a very distinct sourness. Subdued bitterness. Wauw, amazing how a Barley Wine this strong can end up with an infection this bad. But still enough interesting parts to enjoy in this although the sourness is impossible to ignore. 260708

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small tan head. Has a malty caramel aroma with oaky hints. Sweet malty and sour ripe fruit flavor with hints of oak and vanilla. Hasa a slightly sour malty fruity finish with some oaky hints.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Hazy dark amber with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet and sour flavor with roasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Infected.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Hazy copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is a marriage of vinous port notes, creamy vanilla, bourbon, charred oak and English toffee. The flavor leans heavily on the malty side of balance with gobs of sweet caramel, toffee, fig, acidic bourbon and robust, but not overbearing, heat. Full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Sweet caramel and warm bourbon finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
1 Liter bottle acquired in trade with robertsreality (thanks!). Bottle labeled; Bottling Date Jan 01, Bottles of 185. Poured a medium to dark amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, lighter wood, citrus, caramel, fruits, and vanilla. Tastes of boubon, vanilla, citrus, caramel, and vanilla. Some alcohol in the finish, but overall well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Cellared swing top 750 from the Doc Lock cellar. Pours clear dark coppery toward ruby with minimal off-white head. Nose is very caramelly, malty, vinous fruity, with Wheaties and honey. Tastes of malt, hefty red winey vinous fruit, honey, hops, earthy notes, and a bit light on complexity and palate heft. Very fruity, ut a bit watery late, although with well hidden alcohol. Decent, and if I could get this again without paying an arm and a leg, I would jump on that opportunity.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.


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