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RATINGS: 1953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2006 release Bottle 1 pint 6 ozs. Pours a deep amber color with with small lite tan head. The malts are evident in the aroma of this beer as well as the barley wine acohol smells. Tastes suprisingly well for a fresh barley wine, as they excell with age. Hits the palete nice with hoppy, malt afternotes. This one can seeks up on you with itís suttle high acohol content. As a cashier at the store I work at, I have recomended this beer many times, one day I told a guy to give it a try. I saw him a few days later, and asked him what he thought, he said it was alittle sweet for his liking but still a great beer, but itís only draw back was that he got too bused off a pint, what can I say this is a real beer drinkers beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
2006. Dark amber pour with a long lasting head for a barleywine. Strong alcohol aroma (of course), with malt and hop notes. More hops than say, Rogueís Old Crustacean, but nothing extraordinary in tha flavor. A sweet, caramel flavor followed by the alcohol and a direct hip of bitterness from the hops. Highly recommended, but age it a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2006 release. Clear cherry-amber with with a small tan head. malty aroma with some plum notes. Malty-hoppy flavor with some plum accents and a little alcohol showing, and a nice bitter-hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release - 22 Oz. Bottle Crystal clear fiery amber, orange and fusion of ruddied sunsets, opposite the gray palor of today. Rimming this opulent liquid is a silky, lacing brown bag head, with nicely stacked micro bubble, champage carbonation and swirling lace. The aroma is subtle and deft, but not entirely exhilirating. It has a sultry sugar base, with floral explosions and rocketing rubbed herb savory touches. Definate bananas over plum sauce in a pot of ageing malt. Finish with a lightly medicinal curry of time. Flavor is an almost buttery mingling of cloying malts and hop residues. Itís quite enjoyable. At first I find myself melting a black cherry compote on the roof of my mouth, before itís swept away into a sea of orange and pine cream, with delicious glowing florals. The hops are really elequently done in this beer, with the better half showing and the harshness backed off. The malt plays here too, with supple candied sugars and a touch of light milk chocolate. In the end, thereís an amalgamation of vegetal lemongrass on my tounge and a wistful smack of plums and cocktail sauce. I think succulent well describes this beer. Needless to say the palate is totally enjoyable, with heavy balance and gracefull movements. Alcohol is amazingly subdued, adding only appreciated quality and heightened awareness to the profile of the beer. Thanks for this awesome experience Andy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Very good. I donít drink barley wines much, so I was expecting it to be very, very strong...but it was suprisingly smooth and easy to casually drink. Despite the other posts here, I think it hides its high alcohol content very well. Itís only drawback?...you canít drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2006
A hoppy malty aroma. Pours a nice amber with almost no head and just a tiny lacing. This beer is almost sweet to the point of being thick. Alcohol, malt, and hops flavor this beer in that order. Iím sure I doníít know enough about BWís to say more than if you donít think you like them drink a bomber by yourself and by the end you will respect them and like them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught. 2005 vintage. Clear, deep amber color with thin off white head and scrawny looking lace. Strong malty aroma reminiscent of molasses. I also smelled some weak citrusy hops and grape candy. Tastes of alcohol mostly with toffee and caramel in the background. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what Iíve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 vintage. Clear and reddish brown pour - almost no head but it lasts throughout. Just a little sweet and very strong on the alcohol aftertaste but certainly expected.

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