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RATINGS: 1804   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (979) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle: 2010, a little over 4 years old. Dense, opaque rusty copper that edges on brown. Small, bubbly beige head settles to a skimpy collar & ring in moments. Aroma of light caramel, earthiness, sticky toffee, light metallic notes, red grapes, a hint of booze, & the start of what might be oxidation, but itís not overpowering (yet, anyway). Flavor is a bit spicier, both with a little more earthy & leafy hope notes, almost ashy, along with a stronger, boozy backbone. Alcohol, lightly vinous notes, prunes covered in sticky caramel & toffee, moderate toastiness throughout. Residual sugar coated apples in the finish with a slight resounding note of minor oxidation & booze. Hefty body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Draft to taster Caramel, fruit pulp, pine, pepper, citrus. Clear amber with ringed white head. Apple pulp, syrup, pine, a little spruce.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Draft at Aces and Ales. 2007! Pours orange brown with a clingy off white head. Aroma is caramel, oatmeal raisin cookie, booze. Warm, caramel and molasses, oatmeal cookie, some grass bitter to balance. Not al all boozy in the mouth. Nice sweet and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says it is a smooth hoppppy. She gives a2.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle (2013 Vintage) from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - dark brown coloured pour with cream head. Pretty sweet malty aroma and taste, toasty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity and nutty, some spices (nutmeg) on the palate, light herbal notes, medium body and low carbonation, boozy finish. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duganc (13) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Where have I been? This has been a standard for me for a long time and to date Iíve failed to rate it. In a word - great! I love this BW. I am enjoying a 2014 edition right now. I should put it away for 6-12 months, but who can wait? Citrusy sweet nose, sweet bitter initial bite, coating mouthfeel with a lingering hoppy maltiness. fine lacing remains 1 min after pour from a 22. Mmm Mmm good. I could only hope my home brewed version comes within a mile or two of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmerz (712) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle 2012 drank Oct 2014. Pours a murky honey color with surprising head. Aroma is big honey sweetness with wood and dust, bit of new leather. Flavor is very hoppy bitter after rich going umami malty sweetness the ending clean alcohol and wood tannin dry. Feel is velvet lively to start then astringent end. This is growing on me. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (76) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a deep amber with generous white head. Aromas of stonefruit which is backed up in the taste, some spice and rich toffee flavours. Sensational.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1287) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Smooth and wonderful barley wine! Pours a light hazy copperish amber with a nice light brown head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, sweet dried fruits and American hops. Taste is rich caramel, dried fruits and citrus American hops. A bit hot and lightly harsh finish... But this 2013 version would be great aged another 2 years or so!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (297) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bomber dated 1/13/14 poured into a tulip glass..rusty/copper pour with off white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,malts..really smooth taste..not complex but really fucking good.


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