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RATINGS: 1887   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2006
So, the question of the evening is this: when you come home from a long day at the office, and you look in the cabinet that holds your precious beer glassware collection, and you notice that 7 of your pint glasses are gone-and you haven’t used them-and the only explanation of their untimely disappearance is your brother in law, who you gave a room to when he had nowhere to go, to whom you extended a helping hand both physically and financial, has broken them or stole them, what do you do? That’s right, America-pour barleywine on the situation. Thanks a whole fucking lot, Phil. Bottle-2005. Pour is kind of hollow-dark honey with a wispy ring of bubbles that cries out to be more than what it is. Nose-husky, cereal, sweet like warm honey, thick. Taste-initial taste takes me back: as a child, my family raised honeybees. We had hundreds of hives, millions of bees. Honey flowed in my house like water, and I ate it everyday. One day, I wondered what would happen if I cooked the honey in a skillet on the stovetop. The honey quickly boiled and became a solid dark glass like substance. I ate a piece to see what it tasted lie. It tasted like this. Very burned. Very bitter back end that is surprisingly unbalanced by the malts. Incredibly unbalanced-this is all bittering hops and burnt malt. It isn’t all bad. There are some saving graces-the light dancing sweetness, and the muted aroma hops add to the drink, but they are hidden behind this mountain of burn. Seriously you fuck. I realize that to you they are just drinking glasses, but to me they are a collection. Respect that, you fuck. And find somewhere else to live. This beer, much like my in laws, is a huge let down.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. ’04 vintage. Dark orange copper color with huge frothy head. Banana aroma. Toffee/banana taste. Good stuff, but I was expecting more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2006
This beer was a monster, as expected, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I found that there was not enough hoppiness to balance all that malt. The beer had a strong sweet flavor from the malts, reminiscent of honey and caramel. But there was barely any fruit presence, which would have made it more interesting. Basically it’s just a very malty, almost syrupy beer, with not a whole lot else going on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and some alcohol comes through. Taste is pretty much the same but with an alchohol burn, some sweetness. Just doesn’t do much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12587) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Trade via Ogglethorp, thanks Brian! Pours a light hazy brown color with tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is of intense caramel, subtle touch of dark fruit and not much else. Taste is of caramel, dark fruit, light hops and some alcohol. It has an astringent finish and a fusol alcohol burn that is a bit harsh. Also has some soapiness coming through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a hazy medium orange color with a decent sized fluffy tan head. Pine, malt, flowers and notes of fruit and caramel. Very intense flavors well mingled together for a burst of flavor. Medium to heavy bodied and crisp with good carbonation. Ending is of flowers and caramel notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (17635) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2010
bottle at musa ... hazy amber ... big bubbbly off white head ... sweet juicy pine hop ... bitter front ... lots of pine ... big hop ....little floral hop ... juicy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2007 edition on tap at Duckworth’s in Charlotte. Aroma is redolent with butterscotch. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a slight amber head. Starts sweet but immediately hits yo with a hammer of bittering hops. Hoppy throughout but with butterscotch sweetness, Old Guardian has a soft slick mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Looks very nice in the goblet. Aroma is quite complex with raisins and earthy smells predominant but a nice fruity strain underneath, I think mostly apples. Flavor is well-balanced between the bitter citrus hop flavors and the huge bready, raisiny malt hit, but the alcohol just comes on way too strong. Before I can get a good taste of what’s going on in my mouth the burn just drowns everything out. Not my favorite barleywine.


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