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RATINGS: 1950   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 18/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol. Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes itís presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... itís like dessert only better... Iím loving it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
Beautiful red amber color, full beige head, sticky lace. Aroma is full of sweetness, mostly maple and fig, plenty of booze and some hops. Flavor is pretty sweet, maple again, boozy alcohol and some bitter hops on the tail end. I liked the body but the alcohol was pretty overwhelming. Give this one a couple years and hopefully it will mellow out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 22oz, winter í04 release. Served in my NB worthy glass at 41.8į. Pours reddish orange with an off white, 1/4" head. The beer coats the glass as it is swirled. The aroma is malty with orangish, floral, and herbal hops. The flavor is pure maple syrup at first that are blindsided by the hops before they could get cloying. The hops are herbal and piney and somewhat bitter, but still fall short of harsh. The mouthfeel is good. The alcohol is there in the background and the hops are a big componet. I am scared that the hops and alcohol might jump from out behind a bush and kick my ass, but so far, the malt is keeping that from happening. Nice full body, I have another one that I will put some age on, I bet that will be awesome!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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