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RATINGS: 1753   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sask89 (398) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - JUL 9, 2012
Early 2008 Edition. Pours a hazy orange-amber colour with a small creamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavy butterscotch, toffee and caramel with some toasted malts and faint hop scents. Taste is a very balanced bitter and sweet blend throughout,, quite even. Full body, good carbonation, smooth creamy mouth feel. An outstanding beer, very happy I could try this one.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (991) - 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 (1674) - 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 (125) - 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 (35) - 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 (752) - 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 (215) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niksko (263) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
2010 vintage on tap. Gorgeous ruby amber color with some fine off white head. Nose is stupidly grainy, smells like freshly milled malts. Some toast, caramel, honey, red berries. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, honey, grainy, red berries, some pine bitterness on the finish. This is crazy good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (387) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
4yr old bottle, 2010 early release. Pours a reddish copper color with a defined foam head that dissipates quickly to leave a soft ring of foam that hugged my glass. The aroma is rich of malts with sweet carmel malts dominating my nose. I also picked up on a weak old hop scent, booze, sugar, and possibly a weak fruit additive. In tasting I picked on a malts, toffee like flavor, sugar sweetener, and a medium to high level of booze. The finish was similar in the initial taste but it had a mild but kind lingering bitterness. Overall it was a damn good brew and age has been good to this bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (242) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2012 Release Wonderful malty caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is big and intense caramely malt. Fruit, raisins, a little coffee. Noticeable bitterness in the finish but it works with the sweetness. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
From the Great New Zealand Beer Festival, this was an excellent beer to end my tasting enterprises before I completely lost my organoleptic faculties. It was just as barley wine should be with a ruby-mahogany body and white head, deep lustrous copper beech, cherry and leathery aromas. A sweet body with excellent warmth and silky smoothness with a surprising elegant addition of woody bitterness. A long finish and a happy warmth left behind. I love barley wine and this is an excellent exemplar.


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