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RATINGS: 1808   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Excellent beer. Nice caramel, dark fruits and tons of well done hops and malts. Boozy and awesome. Enough has been said about this, I can’t add anything special.


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (223) - - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a creamy to frothy lasting beige head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is sour, banana, malt and pine. Flavors of caramel and grapefruit. Surprisingly light body for such a rich taste, oily feel, average carbonation, medium to heavy sweetness, light to medium bitter taste and a sticky sweet and lightly bitter finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (110) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
The aroma oozes out of the glass and into your cerebral cortex. Leather, tobacco, aggressive hops and a sharp sting. The taste is incredible from moist wood, wet raisins, burnt sugar, overripe fruit. There is a underlying sweetness that desperately tries to break through, but is supressed by the sharp and brutal hops. There is a slight "umami" sensation going on here. I love this barley wine!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This is perhaps my favorite barleywine. Every year a characteristic balanced malt hoppiness screams out of the glass. The body and carbonation just perfect. A balanced bittersweet finish leaving you ready for more. It has a citrus pine hoppiness to a biscuit toffe maltiness that doesn’t lean to far toward fruitiness. American all the way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1507) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2012 bomber->snifter. Dark orange/brown with small white head. Caramel malt, toffee, citrus notes. Bittersweet. Good, but became tough to finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2060) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle: 2010, a little over 4 years old. Dense, opaque rusty copper that edges on brown. Small, bubbly beige head settles to a skimpy collar & ring in moments. Aroma of light caramel, earthiness, sticky toffee, light metallic notes, red grapes, a hint of booze, & the start of what might be oxidation, but it’s not overpowering (yet, anyway). Flavor is a bit spicier, both with a little more earthy & leafy hope notes, almost ashy, along with a stronger, boozy backbone. Alcohol, lightly vinous notes, prunes covered in sticky caramel & toffee, moderate toastiness throughout. Residual sugar coated apples in the finish with a slight resounding note of minor oxidation & booze. Hefty body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1036) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Draft to taster Caramel, fruit pulp, pine, pepper, citrus. Clear amber with ringed white head. Apple pulp, syrup, pine, a little spruce.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (731) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Draft at Aces and Ales. 2007! Pours orange brown with a clingy off white head. Aroma is caramel, oatmeal raisin cookie, booze. Warm, caramel and molasses, oatmeal cookie, some grass bitter to balance. Not al all boozy in the mouth. Nice sweet and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says it is a smooth hoppppy. She gives a2.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle (2013 Vintage) from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - dark brown coloured pour with cream head. Pretty sweet malty aroma and taste, toasty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity and nutty, some spices (nutmeg) on the palate, light herbal notes, medium body and low carbonation, boozy finish. Lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duganc (13) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Where have I been? This has been a standard for me for a long time and to date I’ve failed to rate it. In a word - great! I love this BW. I am enjoying a 2014 edition right now. I should put it away for 6-12 months, but who can wait? Citrusy sweet nose, sweet bitter initial bite, coating mouthfeel with a lingering hoppy maltiness. fine lacing remains 1 min after pour from a 22. Mmm Mmm good. I could only hope my home brewed version comes within a mile or two of this.


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