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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - AUG 27, 2008
bomber into wine glass for lack of a snifter. Pours a thick dark amber color with a good off-white head. Aromas of dough booze and hops. The flavor was boozy with strangely muted flavors. Medium to heavy bodied on the palate - soft carbonation. Overall: hot and worthy of age. Showed some serious promise though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear amber with a three finger tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and malt. Flavor was sweet with fruit and caramel, and finished with a hop bite. Full body with soft carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle, ~Jan 2008. Pours a murky brown with a very small white head. Aroma of raisins, lots of raisins, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is also quite malty with some brown sugar and iced tea. Tastes pretty much as I would expect from an aged barleywine. A decent beer, although to be honest this is not my favorite style of beer. Interesting though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2009
<b>Bottle 66cl.</b>
Unclear light to medium orange amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel old malt, tobac, moderate alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration, and a spicy - peppery maybe alcoholic finish on your lips. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [260908]

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3768) - - FEB 7, 2009
2009. clear amber under a small off-white head. sweet strong fruity(apple, strawberry, mango) hop aroma. palate light-medium bodied, warming, and sticky. flavors of hops, alcohol, sweet malts, and a twist of citrus. slightly lingering boozy finish. could use some age.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Toronado Barleywine Fest. Pours medium amber, piney, citrus, hoppy, alcohol, little caramel, little dark fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle 2009 vintage. Pours hazy, orange-gold, with a thin white head. Aroma of cereal, and hops but kind of faint. Flavor is very hoppy, citrus, pine, grass definitely overpowers the malt. Chewy, bitter, with a strong kick in the aftertaste. Definitely a silent killer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2244) - New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottled, early 2k9 vintage. Pours a darkish cloudy amber with small dissipating head. Aroma is floral and hoppy. Taste is a bit bitter and woody. This guy might need some more time to age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2009
22 oz bottle, early 2007 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a one finger tight bubbled beige head. The nose is heavy resiny and citrusy hops with tons of caramel and toffee malts. Just a slight bit of oxidation creeping in. The flavor is still very harshly bitter with a thick almost syrupy caramel malt base. A little bit of oxidation on the finish, but nothing that I would call beneficial at this point. I’d like to see a bit more actually. The body is thick and viscous with a clingy resiny and sticky finish. Nice soft pinpoint carbonation. Overall, this is just a little bit too brash and bold for my tastes, I guess I’m more of an English Barleywine type of guy and this is about as far from that as possible.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
Bouteille early 2009: Un appétissant parfum d’houblons rappelle le détergent à plancher Pine Oil, le mal de tête et les saignements de nez en moins. Jolie robe orangée / rougeâtre, opaque. En bouche, j’ai pour ma part trouvé que l’amertume s’exprimait beaucoup trop, voire agressivement en face de la douceur du malt en comparaison d’autres exemples propres au style. Alcool très fort en bouche.

Probablement un cas de bière trop « fraîche ».


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