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RATINGS: 1927   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I was expecting a lot out of this 2005 OG (the only OG Iíve had as of this review) Now I like barleywines just as much as the next beer geek, but this one was pretty... gross. It looks great, smells decent (a bit of cherries and quite fruity) but when I drank it, it tasted a lot like Robitussin cough syrup. Towards the end it had the same moutfeel as Robitussin as well, which turned my stomach a bit. Perhaps I should have aged this one a bit more. As a fresh brew itís not so hot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2005
On tap at Redbones: Orange with no head, brown sugar aroma, with dark fruits, thick body, full mouthfeel, starts very sweet, tastes like oranges and then becomes bitter with a sweet sugar aftertaste, yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
ALcohol bite, sweet taste with fruity, licorice taste. I loved it. Medium with thick head.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pours medium orange color with a medium sized off-white head. Some artificial fruit sweetness threw me off. Bitterness from hops and a dark fruit middle. Long finish, too slick of a mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005. Nice ruby brown color, reasonably full mouthfeel. Some citrus and strawberry characteristics, but sort of one dimensionally flat in the overall profile. Not as big or complex as expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 2, 2005
2005. Poured caramel brown with a thick tan head. Big malt, caramel aroma. Sweet smelling. Taste was very sweet. Nicely hopped and full bodied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a slight red hue. Light colored head that lasted a while. Great tasting beer with a huge kick.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (12746) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Draft. Dark amber with large rocky light brown head taht lasted most of the brew. Complex aroma with heavy malt , grain and alcohol tone. Body medium creamy with a light alcohol finish. Good flavor and great sipping brew.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
This is the strongest beer Iíve ever had. This is like the beer version of the Chantico at Starbucks because you had to sip it for a while. Itís stronger than La Fin du Monde. I had this last night at some place, but I donít know what vintage it is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Lotsa head, reasonable honey-color with an awesome honey and pineapple aroma. Taste is the same as the smell, only slightly muted, but for the hops, and alcohol. Pretty good tasting, but itís hard to live up to its smell . $4.75/22oz


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