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RATINGS: 1757   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 22oz 2012 bottle on 11/15/13. Pours opaque dark copper with hues of red. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, peat, raisin. Flavor is caramel, molasses, raisin, plum, pine, vanilla, alcohol. Sweet up front that mellows though nice balanced and dry finish. Quite nice


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinVA (1024) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a nice ruddy brown. Faint white head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, and booze.Taste is sweet, bitter, grassy, citrus, slightly soapy. Dangerously drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abrakarl (252) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2014
Nice, but not excellent. Sweet and sticky and complex.,...............................

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (324) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a foamy white head. Has a caramel, fruit, and brown sugar aroma. The fruit is less apparent in the flavor, which has a sweet caramel/sugar taste at the start before being dominated by medium bitterness. Not quite as bitter as Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale, and not quite as deep in its flavor, but still pretty good. Maybe a little raw. Has a warming alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pterodiacetyl (38) - California, USA - APR 19, 2014
I'm having this after a long day of drinking. Not well thought out. I imagine with a few years of age this will be amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1010) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft. At the barrel. 2009 in 2014 for the 5 year anny party. Pours a cloudy dark copper color with medium white head. Nose full of cheesy hops and dried fruit. Apricot mostly. Lots of hop flavor and aroma still for a rotted beer. Decent but still lots of hot alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1689) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
22 oz bottle (2014) from Evergreen Discount, poured into a snifter at home. Ruby reddish brown, lightly hazy with sediment and a lingering tan head, moderate lacing. Aroma of alcohol, resinous hops, caramel malts, toffee, earth, pine and fruity esters. Similar flavor, strong, almost harsh, bitter, boozy and lightly sweet. Medium to full body, lingering, somwhat dry finish. Could use some aging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rnunes75 (128) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 16, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NotoriousJ (37) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
2012 vintage pours a deep amber color with a fine white head that recedes quickly with no retention. Aroma is of sweet caramels, roasted malts, honey. Rich malty flavor that mixes well with the intense bitterness. Really like this beer with a few years age to it would love to have another in 2 years guarantee it would be even better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (756) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2014
Deep ruddy brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of fruit and pita bread. Flavor of alcohol, fruit, toffee. Boozy and sweet, full bodied, sharp finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BadAprilia1000 (219) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
2012 Vintage. Pours a cloudy copper /dark amber. Very little head retention. Aroma on this beer is pretty profound. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, funky cheese, honey assorted berry fruits,, and a little bit boozy. Taste is pretty big. Notes of honey, caramel, candy sugar, roasted chocolate, cocoa nibs, pine hop notes, a slight nuttiness, and a little booze on the end. Very enjoyable. Very smooth on the palate. Very drinkable for an 11%-er could be really dangerous.


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