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RATINGS: 1882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (13904) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Golden bronze, thin head. Chewy, resiny aroma with oatmeal cookie dough. Deep resiny hop palate with that tongue-scraping bitterness that extends past the taste threshold. Rich malts in the finish with alcoholic warmth. I’ve had too many beers like this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (13385) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Deep golden beer with a nice beige head. Malty almond aroma, caramel, nuts, caramel, pine, hops, honey notes, grass, biscuits, some toffee. Hoppy floral flavor, warming alcohol, honey, pine, almond, biscuits, figs, hay, bready, some caramel. Malty alcohol finish with figs and almond.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13234) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Tap at the Ginger Man, Manhattan - 29/05/12. Brown to amber colouration with a small to medium off-white head. Dark fruit, sweet malt, yeast and bread on the nose. Rich malt taste, bready, biscuit, some citrus, fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12644) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, hops, bitter. fruit and pine.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12455) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
bottle. Pale amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits. full body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12119) - 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)


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