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RATINGS: 1750   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
Good stuff... First one I've had of the new recipe. Bottle, ~50deg F by the way. You can smell it as soon as the bottle is opened. A very fruity/citrucy/hoppy scent. Pours beautifully amber and clear, with a decent head for a BW. Taste is kick-your-butt right up front with sweet malts, a whole mess of hops, citrucy flavors, grapefruit alcohol and spicy! Definately a warm beer, the 10% packs a real kick on the way down. Very enjoyable to sip on for a looong time. Highly recommended. :)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Various vintages and ages. Pours a beautiful light rosewood color. Doughy, complex nose with tropical fruits and flowers. Quite bitter and unfortunately not in a good way. Bright on the palate with a caressing, long finish. Want the bottle-conditioned version back.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - APR 2, 2010
Dark orange pour with a very small off white head , sweet aroma and taste. The only other barley wine Iíve had was Dieu Du Ciel Solstice díHiver which doesnít exactly taste the same but I think I like this one slightly more.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Had 2004 edition of this at OíBrians in SD. Aroma wasnít anything amazing, and it seemed pretty opaque for a 10% barleywine, but it has a solid flavor to it, all the barleywines Iíve had have been improperly balanced between flavor and the taste of the alcohol, this one seems to get the formula right and has a solid balance of flavor balanced by the alcohol taste. I would say itís one of the better barleywines available.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Stunning redish clear pour. Aroma deep with hops and malt as well as some fruit. Taste was huge with malt and a nice bitterness. The subtle hints of breads and barley came about mid swallow and the brew finished bitter and slightly sweet. Good stuff from the boys down in Escondido.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Hazy orange hues with a little white head. Not a very overwhelming hoppy aroma, but instead, heavy malty scents. Good malt flavor with out the sickly sweetness. Light body and balanced carbonation. A lingering soft sour finish. Good barleywine

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
This ale pours a hazy copperwith a nice sized head and great lacing. Flavors of caramel,mild hops, and slightly floral. full bodied and very nice.07 vintage at The Petrol Station.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
Courtesy of hobbersr. Damn this has a hoppy aroma! Havenít even tasted it yet and I can smell how thick it is. The taste is even bigger than the smell, with burnt toast and burnt marshmellow with the usual barley wine fruits. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2009
deep reddish pour, small amount of off white head, little carbonation...super malty, very sweet, boozy, not much bitterness from hops

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Early edition 2008. Pour is golden amber and has a thick white head. Not alot of aroma, but hoppy citrus is detectable. Tastes is good, with a a crisp citrus hops finish and smooth mouthfeel.


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