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RATINGS: 1936   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 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 donít 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - 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 itís hop bitterness in it, i should have tried this fresh to compare. Taste is of dried fruit, alcohol, hops, sugar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - 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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2541) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2005 bomber. Pours an orange copperish color with a small white head. Aroma is very hoppy with hints of citrus,pineapple and syrup. Taste is very hoppy with a slight detection of pineapple orange and grapefruit. Was slightly dissapointed in this one, as it didnt match the hype. A great barleywine, but something is lacking. I would take Sierra Nevadaís Bigfoot Ale over this one. Perhaps aging will help this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1312) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2004 bottle: Inside of a pumpkin orange pour with small off white head. Light dried fruit aroma. Nice rich malt start with a deep hop finish. A lot of sugar i this one. Didnít taste the big alcohol, but felt it was there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3358) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Not much an aroma for this one. Yellowish amber color. Very hoppy. Strong alcohol taste. Worth drinking again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crux (4) - USA - NOV 10, 2005 does not count
Winter í05 bottle. The head is wispy and quickly dissipating, above a lovely golden-red body. It has a subtle but distinct fruity aroma that leads to deep hops and a rich, smooth texture on the tongue. The flavor is strong and at first overpowering, but grew on me over the course of the contents of the bottle. I definitely recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Nice amount of deep hops and malts on the nose. Slight haze to the golden viscous fluid with slight head but lace that sticks like glue. Rich, expansive sweet liquid hits your mouth with a long lingering finish of hops.

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