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RATINGS: 1880   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4mencc1701 (20) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Vintage 2009, bottle from Central Market Plano. Dark gold, thick lingering head & lacing. Fine brandy, alcohol & hops on the nose with caramel & sticky dark fruit. Bold blast of alcohol on the tongue, rum soaked raisins & cedar, nice bitterness. Smells sweeter than it tastes. A very sophisticated representative of barley wine. Gasp...after taste lingers with a nice brandy-like warming sensation. Would order again- a great beer for a special occassion or as a winter-food companion.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ramboraffe (1237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
65@ ml can from systembolaget. Clear amber with off white head. Caramel, roasted caramel, dried fruit and grass. Semi sweet with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bhaag (14) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
2013 vintage 650ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a dense head and solid lacing. Big caramel and marmalade nose, heather honey, spice and dank hops. Everything translates from nose to palate, a joy to drink wish I had more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
23Skidoo (22) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Good, strong, bittersweet beer. A touch of alcohol in the finish -- I think that both this and IRS are at their best after at least a year of aging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5625) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2015
Deep amber color with a fine tan head. Good lacing. Lots of dried fruits. Full body and an ok carbonation. Not to sweet really. Quite balanced. Complex and tasty stuff. Dried fruits, toffee, citric and some pine. Solid stuff.
[On tap at Steampunk Bar in Gothenburg, Sweden]

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bkcaldwell (22) - - JUL 15, 2015
This was five years old so more mellow than what the norm would be. Tasty and enjoyable. My preferred style of beer but not the highest rated. Definitely worth the taste. Overall pleasant experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2015
22 oz. bottle notes, had on draft and bottled many times combined notes. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, some dark fruit notes, resiny and citrus hop character, fresh this has a decent hop profile, tobacco, berries, dry, another solid American barley wine, the alcohol remains well integrated into the beer, solid example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (362) - - JUL 9, 2015
Pours an amber body with a thin head. Nice malty nose. Nice and rich taste with malty tones and clear alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (340) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 8, 2015
Red colored, bit hazy, moderate strong off white head, good lacing. Aroma is quite sweet, caramel, candy-fruity, some alcohol. Taste is very sweet caramel, candy sugar, dark fruits, toffee, some alcohol but low on heat, some herbal hoppiness, moderate- bitter. Full bodied, moderate- carbonation, syrupy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1433) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 5, 2015
2012 bottle. Very nice bottle design, the image here doesn’t show it but the backside has a long rambling blog post-styled piece printed on it (in a tiny font). The content of it doesn’t make much sense to me but I appreciate the effort. The beer pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma has sweet darkened caramel and lots of piney American hops. Big malty taste with plenty of semi-sweet caramel and high level of piney hops. Finish adds some mildly salty butterscotch and more dry hops. The alcohol is totally covered, appearing only in the form of a faint warming afterglow. Doesn’t get hot or cloying. This is a very nice barley wine - although not super complex, it’s rich, hoppy and extremely well rounded.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1522) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2015
650mL bottle. Vintage 2013 Nice looking hazy orange-copper body, holds a small creamy beige head. Aroma is punchy, intense - lots of pine/cedar, resiny, leafy, citrus rind hops, rich caramel & biscuity malts. Smoooth body, plenty of body without being overtly huge for is strength, subdued creamy carbonation. Resiny hops continue on the body - lots of pine & bitter citrus, counterbalanced with copious quantities of burnt caramel, toast & biscuit malt. Bitterness is all conquering, as you’d expect from a big Stone beer, finish is very long. Almost predictable - knew it was going to be delciously aggressive, and it didn’t disappoint.


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