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RATINGS: 1798   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Jason, shared with Gotta. 2010 vintage. Cloudy brown, medium solid, thick white head. Aroma of wet matted tall grass, cedar, caramel. Taste is bitter and well hopped, alcohol, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very dry, and very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 (3/2/08, 22oz bottle, vintage 2007) Creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin/plum, grapefruit/pine/earthy, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, pine/earthy, some raisin, orange, alcohol, light vinous. Very smooth medium-full body with light chewiness. (7/4/8/4/16)

(12/6/05, draft) Never had this in draft before, and the biggest difference appears in the intensity of the nose. Clear deep amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, candied orange, prune, caramel, grapefruit, cherry, butterscotch, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, dark fruit, some alcohol. Smooth full body, great for sipping on a cold night. (9/4/8/4/16)

(4/5/04, bottle) Hazy amber body with large beige head. Aroma is relatively mild -- grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, pine, light vinous. Finishes with medium alcohol burn. Full body, some syrup and chewiness. (6/4/8/4/15)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2011
Hazy orange with an off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. 251011

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Cracked Kettle, Amsterda.
[2009 vintage]
Pours a nice orange, fairly clear with a big, staying, creamy, yellowish head. Really an appetizing look. Lovely sweet caramel aroma, light toasted, somewhat grainy. Good hoppiness, some strawberry, peach, grapefruit and light piney. Medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely balanced between malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness (of which there is a lot) and viniousness. Peachy, grapefruity hops, some pine. Long, lingering vinious and heavy bitter aftertaste. Really a nice sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11125) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, hops, bitter. fruit and pine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt and caramel, with tobacco and wood from hops. Sweet malt and alcohol flavour with plenty hops and bitterness. Tasted side-by-side with Thomas Hardy (On tap at The Rake, August 2009) it was extremely powerful. And very much lacking in sophistication.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
’07 Old Guardian BW [released 1/07]-on tap -pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune. Taste is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune, spices, secondary hops, alcohol, syrupy. Sipping.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Early 2006 release. Sweet hoppy aroma. Bright orangey color, with bubbles but little head. Starts sweet, continues sweet, then some malty character comes along, and suddenly the hop that was always there actually arrives. Might need some maturity. Too late for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2009
Nice. Big. Bold. What do you want? I had some on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Pours an opaque brown/orange with a lingering head. Complex nose of fruits and sweet candies. Flavor is nice blend of sweetness, maltiness and slight bitterness. Highly complex with myriad sensations. Give it a whirl.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2007 Vintage: A: A nice amber color without much head to speak of and hardly any lacing. S: Extremely malty and sweet caramel, the hoppiness that is usually present in this beer when fresh is almost gone. T: Lots of malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, and some very slight bitterness. M: Almost syrupy--very full bodied with low carbonation. D: Much more drinkable than it’s fresh counterpart, but obviously not something you’re going to have several of.


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