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RATINGS: 1779   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigDaddyBlues (45) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Beautiful deep amber in color with a perfect beige head. Malty with a strong but balanced hop finish. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2013 bottle. Ruby red white fluffy head. Aroma is toffy, carmel, hops, malts, sweet fruits, cranberry. Taste follows that nose. Sweet fruits on the front. Carmel toffee on the back and the hop bittneress is really nice. Overall an excellent barley wine fresh. Can’t wait to try the other bottle I bought with some age. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a slight red hue. Light colored head that lasted a while. Great tasting beer with a huge kick.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
liquidcrack (44) - Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
Tap, OrgeFest at the B.K. so it was a rough nite. i do remember it was good, extremely good. a fine example of a barley wine with a helluva a smoooth kick.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2008 vintage. Medium brown color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Hints of an alcohol bite, but pretty smooth for a 10% alcohol beer. Nice touches of orange, cherries and citrus in there as well. Seems a little hoppier than the older versions. Still very nice barley wine and well age well. As usual a nice etched beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironprog (43) - - JUL 20, 2012
2012 release. 22 oz. bottle. Aroma is sweet with strong caramel overtones, and a very slight hint of vanilla. Appearance is a deep reddish brown. Head is light-tan, frothy, and full. Flavor is very strong and smooth. Caramel and toffee are the main flavors. Medium body that is creamy with a smooth, but somewhat "sticky", finish. This is a very strong tasting beer, and as such, makes it difficult to pair with any particular food. If you just want to sit down and relish a beer, then this would be a perfect beer for that. However, due to its strong taste, it is difficult to enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely, one of my most favorite beers.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chia (42) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 22, 2008
A glorious translucent amber color, pours a thin quarter inch white head. aroma is very malty and contains hos ints of caramel. If you can get past the ever present boosyness there is a very hoppy malty flavor. the after taste contains hints of vanilla and pepper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZazuH (42) - Brentwood, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
(1pt 6oz btl) (2009) Pours a rich amber w/ a fully diminishing, frothy, white head. Resinous hops and toffee aroma. Hops prominent in taste lending a black pepper bite to malt sweetness. Finish is bitter w/ a hint of smoke. Slight alcohol warmth and definitely not cloying. Looking forward to tasting a few cellared bottles.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
I was excited to find this on tap at the Hopcat in Grand Rapids but when I actually had it I was severely disspointed and really had a hard time finishing it.The appearance was a nice amber and had a great head with good retention. The mouthfeel was good overall but had some astringency and flavor was not good to me at all. The finish left an aftertaste that was not positive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
22 oz bottle - Hazy, opague amber with a thin white head and sparce white lacing. Aroma is resin hops and sweet bready malt. Sweet bready malt dominates the flavor with subtle resin on the front. Mouthfeel is both oily and creamy.


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