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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1482) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Great hoppy Barleywine. I liked this much better than the Belgo version. Nice sweet and floral aroma with an earthy presence as well. Nice dark amber and tea color. Light head with some lacing. Nice mixture if malt, yeast, bread and hops. Minor presence of heat and alcohol. Nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (214) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Growler to snifter. Appearance: unfiltered apple cider. Aroma: honey, burnt sugar, alcohol, musty hardwood, raisins, dried apricot, hints of floral hops. Taste: dried fruit sweetness, honey, sweet malt, alcohol, good hoppy finish to balance. Palate: minimal carbonation, dry, warm. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1473) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle at home. 3 year old. Has a slightly hazy deep reddish orange color with a small ivory head. Lots of hops in the aroma with apricot, ammonia, caramel, oak and alcohol. The flavor has a lot of caramel along with sweet biscuit, grassy hops, harpix, ammonia and dried fruit. Full-bodied, soft mouth feel, and has a medium bitterness. A rich, hoppy and well balance American barley wine. The hops area surprisingly present after three years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeanF (1935) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
Summer’s setting so it’s time to bust out the barley wines, give em a try, after hauling them up from the southern wastelands of urbanity to the far north where I can try them in peace - where the northern lights shine (well not tonight, it’s clouding and snowing and all) and there are plenty of movies on netflix (well not many actually, the Canadian version seriously sucks). But anyways I got a video game here to play.... maybe. I know the purists will be like "but barley wine’s not supp0s3d to have head, l00z3r!!" but I’m gonna say it, the head’s not so hot but all right. Also a nice dark gld body with, what... carbonation? In a barley wine? Kinda odd, but whatevs, right? The aroma is quite nice for an eleven percenter, smells like a weak amber, appetizing and not cloying at all like other high alcohol monsters. There are hops in there, a bit of caramel, softly spoken but carrying a big stick (unless they’re fibbing aboot the abv, but I doobt it). The flavour is a strong and intelligent caramel that is prominent and forceful but not disgusting. This is one of the most balanced barley wine’s I’ve had. It’s on your mouth but it’s not overbearing, not a pile of fusel madness all over the place, and in fact is quite nice to drink. Medium finish. Kind of a candy flavour over arching to the whole thing but still restrained. You know like the karate masters - they don’t show every move they have, but after awhile you understand that their finesse and experience reveals that they really could kick your ass. This is intelligent, well-defined stuff and kudos to the brewers, they are using their skilllz for good and not evil. Let’s hope it stays that way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (164) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
A: Amber red colour, one finger head. N: Sherry, caramel T: Follows nose. O: Nice carbonated and a nice taste to it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjp12 (886) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
A great yeast and malt aroma, sweet fruits on the tongue, with a mouthful of alcohol. Somehow, there are enough hops in this to clean the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (219) - - OCT 2, 2015
10/2/15. 2013 bomber. Pours classic dark hazy amber. Last few drops were even darker viscous spots on top of the foam. Still big boozy and bold. Wonderful complexity. Still very challenging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (532) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2015
2012 vintage at Hopcat Detroit. Aroma is mellow, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some hop. Appearance is orange red, off white head. Taste is mellow, a great caramel and salted candy flavor, real nice. Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and the flavor is still here. Overall, yowza this is good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1207) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
Apparently haven’t rated this. Thick cloudy syrup deep golden. Big boozy caramel and sweet sugars. Well balanced, bread dough and alcohol heat but the caramel is great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (363) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle. Clear red, brown, small white head. Aroma of brown sugar, mature grapes. Fizzy, bitter, alcoholic, round feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fantti (811) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Pullo @ Systembolaget, 11,2% versio. Kaatuu lasiin mahonginrusekana ja kirkkaana, noin kahden sormen paksuisella pysyvällä ja vahvaa pitsiä jätävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa vahvimpana on tuhti keksinen, pähkinäinen ja karamellinen mausteisuus. Mukana on sitruksinen ja makeampi hedelmäisyys, joka on paikoin jopa makeaan marjaisuuteen vivahtavaa. Maussa tuhti makeamman puoleinen maltaisuus (karamelli ja pähkinä) on edelleen hallitseva ominaisuus, mutta nyt makea marjaisuus työntyy selkeästi mukaan monipuolistaen makua. Humalointi on puumaisen ja havuisen tuntuista. Suutuntuma on melko tuhti ja täyteläinen, alkoholikin tuntuu, muttei polta liiaksi. Hiven tuhdimpi olisi saanut tuntuman puolesta olla. Hienosti tehty BW, monipuolinen ja sopivan hitaasti juotava. Stone pitää paikkansa yhtenä suosikkipanimoistani.

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