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RATINGS: 1803   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1032) - 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 (727) - 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 (962) - - 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 (2163) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmerz (712) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle 2012 drank Oct 2014. Pours a murky honey color with surprising head. Aroma is big honey sweetness with wood and dust, bit of new leather. Flavor is very hoppy bitter after rich going umami malty sweetness the ending clean alcohol and wood tannin dry. Feel is velvet lively to start then astringent end. This is growing on me. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (76) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a deep amber with generous white head. Aromas of stonefruit which is backed up in the taste, some spice and rich toffee flavours. Sensational.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1279) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Smooth and wonderful barley wine! Pours a light hazy copperish amber with a nice light brown head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, sweet dried fruits and American hops. Taste is rich caramel, dried fruits and citrus American hops. A bit hot and lightly harsh finish... But this 2013 version would be great aged another 2 years or so!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (297) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bomber dated 1/13/14 poured into a tulip glass..rusty/copper pour with off white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,malts..really smooth taste..not complex but really fucking good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Huge caramel on nose, same caramel in taste with surprisingly intense piney hop kick, intense maltiness in background but doesnt cover too pushy hops, bit bready, dried fruits. Hop syrup in two words. Well.. its interesting and enjoyable brew, but feels bit unbalanced for me as bitterness overcomes sweetness way too much ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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