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RATINGS: 1944   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours and orange-ish peach color. Creamy head and very carbonated. A lot of grapes and alcohol in the nose. Great spice presence and a small amount of hops. Strong alcohol flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and grapes. Great mouth feel smooth and comfortable. Good beer but a bit unbalanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Deep amber pour that was cloudy and murky with an off white / tan head of tight froth. Rich aroma of malty syrup. There was a tinge of something spicy - cinnamon? Sweet malt in the mouth with a hop bite at the finish. A Ruby Red grapefruit kick - tart and sweet followed by bitterness. Delicious beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bomber! Orange-amber pour, not much head. Great aroma of cherry and caramel, with a huge boozy background. Flavor is dominated by alcohol, which overwhelms the caramel sweetness and malt complexity. Hops bitterness in the finish along with a good amount of heat. Good overall, but there are many more American barley wines with more balance at comparable ABVs.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Just got the 2005 release, in a 22 oz. bottle. I was really impressed by the sweet bitterness of this brew. It went down nice and smooth, I might have to get another bottle of this before they sell out.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours light amber with almost no head. A classic sweet barley smell to it, that is the trademark of this style. Intense sweet barley taste to an odd, but good bitter taste. A long lasting changing aftertaste going from bitter back to sweet. Another nice stone beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Probably should not have drank this on a hot day. What can I say? Itís a Barleywine. Lots of great flavor, beautiful color for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel malts and sharp alcohol. The flavor is caramel/toffee malts, with a sharp hop bitterness and alcohol bite. This beer does not have the complexity of malt flavors that is present in most other good barley wines. Good, but not great.

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 didnít do it for me. Could have used a bigger malt presence. Something slightly astringent in the finish too.

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 havenít 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.


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