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RATINGS: 1880   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i haven’t had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours out light red with creamy foam. Smells sweet and piney. Taste is sweet malt upfront with lots of bitter hops to finish. Thick and complex, but good balance. Pretty strong now but will mellow with age. Tasty brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
I do like this style, but this one didn’t do it for me. Could have used a bigger malt presence. Something slightly astringent in the finish too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (222) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours reddish copper. Powerful bacon-hickory aroma with heavy smoke. There is a huge disconnect between the aroma and the taste. Bubbly bold effervescent hops up front with a long well balanced astringent finish. What a complex beer!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarinaMarket (221) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
This beer tastes more hoppy, lik ean IPA than a barley wine. A bit disappointing for me to be honest, but still a decent beer. Seems more bitter than I would expect from a barley wine.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours a dark red with creamy head about a finger thick. Smells of tropical fruits, caramel and some barley. Really inviting. Tastes of mango, bananas barley and some hops come in the background to finish things off. Alcohol is noticeable a bit, but not overpowering. A fantastic barleywine. Hope to score some more in the future.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a large pale yellow-brown head. Strong aroma of malts, fruit, butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. Some hops too. Strong hoppy bitter taste with a lovely alcohol burn. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with a very nice smooth finish. The body could be thicker and less agressive on the hops, but otherwise perfect.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Sipped in small portions, okay, drink the 22, I think not. Stupid hoppy. Just kicks you right in the mouth. You should probably wear a helmet.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcclainc50 (217) - 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 it’s surrounded with fruit I the front and a nice malty aftertaste. Very good barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Copper with a medium, persistant, pale yellow head and coarse lace. Very heavy mouth feel and strong alcohol taste with a trace of burn afterwards. Shades of cotton candy (!) and whiskey, without any yeastiness. Hops are present, but not anywhere near the levels of, for example, Bigfoot.


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