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RATINGS: 1887   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.


Bradbalk's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012
This is a fresh bottle of 2012 old Guardian reviewed fresh. Poured into the very cool stone old guardian snifter a nice bright and clean copper with a thick and long lasting tan head, some light lacing and good head retention. The smell is light and bready, with a bit of sweet toffee and some light herbal and medicinal hop notes. While the nose seems to be more malt focused, the flavor is definitly hop centric, waves of big piney bitterness wash over my tongue all but drowning out the light underpinnings of brown sugar and caramel. Big lingering bitterness with a heavy pine last long after each sip. Just a touch of sweetness and sourdough manage to sneak through the hop assault a bit after it warms. Very thick and resiny, leaving an oily hop coating on my tongue. This is a solid west coast style hop bomb barleywine, a bit one dimensional, and by the time you finish a bomber of this it starts to get monotonous.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4736) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Poured a Depp copper rust color with aromas of malt and booze. Flavors are sweetness, booze, and more booze, harsh alcohol aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senap (483) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2015
Årgång 2014. En öl som med extra allt. Ordentligt med smak, mycket alkohol och beska. Den kräver rätt tillbehör för att komma till sin rätt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dodskenta (101) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2015
This beer has a nice and clear copper color with a small off white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, sweet malts, bit of booze, toffee, grassy hops. Flavour goes the same and it goes hard, malty, toffee, bitter hops, bit boozy, a slight raisin flavour. Full bodied and with an oily texture, carbonation is not too big, enough to tickle your touge a tiny bit. This is a heavy barley wine, would probably benefit from sitting a year or so imo. It’s really nice, although I prefer the english kind.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (13119) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 4, 2015
Schwerer, hopfig alkoholischer Antrunk. Geringe, kaum steigende Herbe, schokoladig, trocken. Der Alkohol brennt zum Ende etwas, vergleichsweise süffig. Langer schokoladiger Nachhall, etwas Pfeffer. 8/9/8/9/11/9

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex_leit (684) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2013. Amber and copper color. Powerfull malty and wine aroma. Taste: old white porto, sweet and bitter, dried fruits, shades of oak, very, very nice ale.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IngetSlick (73) - - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Creamy white head, amber body. Smells of dark bread, yeast, spices, soy beans. Tastes very hoppy, roasted malt, salt and sweet, with a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1688) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
Bottled. Pours copper with a big light brown head. Smells candy malt, nutty. Tastes rich nutty, caramell malt with a slight bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (1294) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
65@ ml can from systembolaget. Clear amber with off white head. Caramel, roasted caramel, dried fruit and grass. Semi sweet with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bhaag (18) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
2013 vintage 650ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a dense head and solid lacing. Big caramel and marmalade nose, heather honey, spice and dank hops. Everything translates from nose to palate, a joy to drink wish I had more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
23Skidoo (38) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Good, strong, bittersweet beer. A touch of alcohol in the finish -- I think that both this and IRS are at their best after at least a year of aging.


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