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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Tap, this is quite the biting beer, not quite bitter, but definately on its way. This beer had a nice full roundness to the aftertaste, which helped. Warming, what with the near 12% alcohol content, but not a trace of it in the flavor. It should be noted I had this selection after a sweeter barleywine that I enjoyed much more. This definately holds its own against barleywines of a similar variety.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
In a barleywine tasting, I was surprised at how mild this seemed--beers both before and after it were much more vivid. Malty, not the hop boom I thought California would give us: caramel, molasses, thick, smooth, low carbonation profile. Interesting and rewarding on its own merits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Had this at Vail Beer Fest. 2-oz. sample in a snifter. Beer poured a hazy medium honey-brown color without any head. The aroma was moderately hoppy with notes of grapefruit and pine / resin and moderately yeasty with a note of fresh bread. There were also light notes of honey, black tea and pear. Pretty interesting. The flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a long, lightly sweet heavily bitter finish. The body was medium-to-full the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively. The alcohol is quite well hidden in both the aroma and palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 31, 2005
Not a very big beer for stone. Alcohol is totally hidden. Really nice citrus and malt combo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
’04 first tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a deep orange with little head. Aroma is assertive though kind of overwhelmingly soy sauce and steamy rice... not necessarily bad but it dominated and I couldn’t find much else. Pretty creamy in the mouth, with some decent hopping and caramel malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 bottle. 10.06% alc. in this one. Nice citrus nose. I swear I got a hint of spice. But I don’t know if my nose is being honest with me on that one. Only a hint of anything beyond the citrus hops. On the tongue, althought the bitter hops are dominant, I can still get a sense of the "darker" side. Underneath the bitterness (that sticks around for quite a while) there is a hint of caramel. But it pales in comparison to the hops. May need aged a bit more to come to its full potential. Once it warms to the ideal drinking temperature, alcohol starts to become quite evident, and it begins to resemble a sherry on the tongue. Still kind of hot, though, unfortunately.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Poured a very ruby color, completely clear, and with a thin head. An aroma of port wine, raisins, and chocolate came from this beer. Initial taste was a bit "hot".... lots of alcohol, but after the shock a warming flavor of port and chcocolate shined through till i finished my glass.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
22oz bottle pours a ruby red color thin almost nonexistant head. aroma of port malt barley some darker fruits. taste is very smooth malt hops leaves a dry mouthfeel very good. i wish i had more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
2005- color is a brown ruby, with no head. caramel, dried fruits, alcohol in the aroma. Still has some of it’s hop bitterness in it, i should have tried this fresh to compare. Taste is of dried fruit, alcohol, hops, sugar

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
22oz bottle 2004 edition - Pours a magnificent ruby red with a fluffy offwhite head that stays pretty well anc laces down the glass. Aroma is caramel malts, cherry, and some grapefruit. Flavor is much the same. Quite malty. Many caramel overtones but some rich ripe fruit notes as well. Finish is rather hoppy and nicely covers the alcohol. Palate is smooth and very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Warmed me just enough on a cold November night.. Very nice brew..


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