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RATINGS: 1798   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.


1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
From a tap. Typical high alky coarse American barley wine wannah bee. Color is somewhat orange. No co2, needs aged. Strong alky think all over. Cloying. Warming sensations great my tummy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer-yum (472) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
Easily the best barley wine Iíve ever had (albeit theyíre not usually my thing). So strong and so good it needs to come with a warning - but I suspect Iíd be ignored after the first sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2014
From bottle, pours a murky copper color with a yellowish head. Aroma of caramel. Tastes moderately sweet with a good bit of balanced bitterness. Delicious. Medium full mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste. This beer starts with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter, develops a nice sweetness and complex flavor. Finishes mildly bitter. A real pleasure to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dslam (48) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Lovely copper red color with a little white head. Light aroma with a little hops and something sweet that I can not put my finger on. Taking the first sip, starts off very nice and smooth. It coats your entire mouth and feels great. But after a couple seconds I feel an overpowering bitterness take over my mouth, almost forcing me to take another sip. I think I feel the alcohol on this a lot more than regular. Maybe cause I am trying my best to avoid the after taste. I also feel a little burning sensation in my throat. I generally look forward to barley wines but I donít like this one too much.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (513) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle (2013 classic release). Hazy light amber brown with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread malt, mild hops, alcohol. Flavour has an overpowering piney bitter finish with a little kick of alcohol. Maybe it was just this bottle, but the balance on this one is pretty off in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2425) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served, showing a clear, deep copper color, with a fingerís width of soft white head foam that diminished to film, but retained the perimeter ring, and equally clingy persistence to the waves & spots of lacing. A faint, but fleeting wisp of banana & phenols started the aroma, then continued with lurking alcohol, dried fruit, caramel sweetness, and light spice. The taste presented bold hop bitterness, big alcohol that warmed, malt fullness & light, syrupy sweetness, all in a medium to full body. An excellent sipper!

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with a nice white head. Notes of the grains and a fruity note with pine in the background. Sharp taste in the middle that is almost metallic, but itís surrounded with fruit I the front and a nice malty aftertaste. Very good barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2014
Upper class barley wine. Farm yard funkyiness, sweet super charged alcohol notes, massive malt, great length. Not overly complex for the style but nevertheless a good example. (40th bday drinks at Stone Liberty Station, $5 8oz).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimsal27 (244) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pours a beautiful amber with nice white head. Left thick heavy lacing throughout entire drink.big malty, hoppy flavors. Aggressive barley wine. Should have laid it done a while. Very good though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1613) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle, vintage 2010. Light hazy red amber with a small beige head. Still quite hoppy, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, light cheesy. Malt notes of caramel and golden bread crust. Golden raisins, figs, warming alcohol. Full body, medium/heavy sweet and bitter, oily/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Long dry and bitter finish. Big and classic American barley wine.


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