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RATINGS: 1863   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottled Vintage 2006 + 2007. Amber coloured. .Unclear. Dense beige head. Pines, alcohol, sweetness, herbs and flowers in the aroma. Massive. Flavour is flowery, sweet and piney. Caramel and light fruits are notable. Full bodied. Is quite dyr. Is bitter and caramelly in the end. Thanks to Storm for sharing this, which turned out to be my American beer no. 600. Fantastic beer to celebrate this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
22-oz bottle, Early Spring 2006 release. Pours clean copper and ruby with virtually no head. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie), orange citrus and pine hops and an alcohol nose. Moderately sweet sugary malt, moderately bitter hops and medium acidity, piney and lingering hops. Medium bodied and warm, clean palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Clear amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted malt and hops. Sweet flavour with alcohol, caramel, citric hops and toasted malt. Bitter finish with warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
De botella. Unclear amber colour, medium off-white looking head. Sweet ripe fruity hoppy aroma with toasty malt and alcohol. Good filling mouthfeel. Quite sweet a flavour, fruity hops, sweet, toasty malt, some alcohol, sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10259) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2015
660ml bottle (Alko, Arkadia) - 2012 release, drunk 2015-03
Beautiful rich malty barley wine aroma, nice bitter hopping to that too. Hazy orange, odd, it should have settled for ever. Massively soapy taste. Bitterness very resiny. Drinkability remarkable for a 12% beer, no heat or even warmth. But it’s not too sweet and sticky either to cover it. Sure, it’s chewy with toffee and caramel, but that just fits with the classic BW feel. Shame about the soapiness, othewise this would have been great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle from my Vermont trip. Pours a hazy orange color. Aroma is sweet malt with some fruit, and some very floral hops. Flavor is malty, sweet and a friggin perfect hops balance. Easily one of the best barley wines I have ever had. Wonderful. MMMMMMM.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle @ home. Purple maroon body with a two finger light brown head. Sweet, caramel malty nose with an earthy hoppy nose. Bitter hoppy flavor with a caramel malty body. Some booze in the flavor but it’s actually masked incredibly well. Overall more of an IPA barleywine than most sweet malty barleywines. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours amber colored with thin head and decent lacing. Very sweet and strong aroma of malt, alcohol. Hops are not all that present in the aroma but come through in the taste. Very well balanced by the malt (caramel, toffee). Will definitely be picking up a few to cellar.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, orange ale with a fruity and malty nose with notes of butterscotch, toffee and caramelized pineapple. The flavor is mostly the same with additional undertones of alcohol and orange peel. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, sweet finish. Top notch brew!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9773) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle 2010. Hazy dark orange color, maybe light red. Smell hops, caramel, light alcohol. Taste hops, little alcohol, little fruits. Nice mouthfeel. High but pretty ok carbonation.


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