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RATINGS: 1753   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
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy orange lae with a creamy white ale. Sweet vinous aroma with a bit of horseblanket. Nice candied sugar with licorice notes. Alcohol warmth marries well with the sweet hop juice. Rich bodied. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bomber 2008 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit rind, earthiness and light orange with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
Tastes more like a DIPA to me!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8537) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a dark amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and light hops. Tastes of fruits, malts and hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Nov. 2004 bottle. Orange red coloured beer with a thin off-white head. Big cookie dough and biscuit malt aroma. Spicy and pine/resiny hops in the nose. There is good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops though. Flavour is malt dominant, cookie dough and bright hops. Alcohol is really apparent in this one. Fairly bitter finish. I could do without the rambling diatribe on the back of the bottle though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7940) - 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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