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RATINGS: 1948   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
The aroma is a nice sweet bitterness. The taste is bitter upfront with a little sweetness later on.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (234) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2005. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, pinepple, watermelon, tangerine. Appears orange-reddish-brown with good clarity, slight and slow effervescence of small bubbles, and a little frothy wisp of a cream-colored head. Flavor starts suprisingly bitter and hoppy, but quickly gives way to a raisins and molasses; its way out of balance right now, but age will mellow the hops and this should be super in years to come. Palate is appropriately chewy with slight bubbliness. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts; and I expect it to come into its own in the future.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
A very good barleywine. It has a great complexity to it, but you have to let it age. I found this out the hard way. I bought 4 bottles and drank 2 immediately. I was not impressed. The flavors were not melded well. I let the other 2 age for 1 yr. and it was a completely different beer. It had a great complexity to it. It was what a barleywine should be.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Rich amber colouring with minimal head. Aroma is of grapefruit. Palate is smooth with minimal bitterness. Taste is of malt and grapefruit with a definite taste of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A little harsh and unbalanced, seems a bit young. Will have to retry with some years behind it.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (226) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2013
Enastående fruktig, aning vinös doft med inslag av torkade fikon, vanilj och karamelliserat plommon. Aning läder i bakgrunden också. Vackert kopparröd färg och ett utmärkt skum med ovanligt lång halveringstid för stilen. Den för barley wine så karaktäristiska sötman bryts här av med en rejäl dos humlebeska, som framför allt drar åt tall och citrus. Annars märks toner av läder, vanilj, ek och en lite saltaktig avrundning. Kroppen är fyllig, silkesaktig och varm. Dock utan att alkoholen tar över. Tvärtom är de 11 procenten bra tillbakadrivna för att inte förstöra upplevelsen. Tyvärr tar beskan över alltför mycket i eftersmaken där den dödar alla andra, mer subtila toner.

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.


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