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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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The biggest farm animal to come out of the SweetWater Barn! We bucked up and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into this "Jackass" concoction. At 10% ABV and over 90 IBU - Youll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Thanks to SpringsLicker for sharing a liter of this. Pours shiny penny copper with big ivory head. The aroma is very piney with some sweet pineapple and some muscadine. The flavor is syrup, raisin, piney hops. The bitterness increases as it moves across the palate, and leaves an herbal sort of bitterness in the aftertaste. Its less malt-centric than one might expect from a barleywine, but they make up the difference with hops and pull it off rather well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Copper pour nice off white head some lace Aroma of fresh hops lots of alcohol lt cereal & lt fruits Well coated pal a tch hot Nice hoppy flavor hot swallow needs mellowing overly alcoholic some grass in the dry finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (5680) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Huge bottle, unsure about size. From friends who brought this back from Georgia. Overall this beer was fantastic. It wasnt as barely wine like as I expected, but that might have been better for me than it otherwise could have been. Alcohol is extremely masked in this beverage, and with an extremely smooth beverage, its hard to not drink it faster than you should.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 This beer shares many more similarities to a IIPA than a barley wine. Pleasent hop aroma. pours copper with thick fluffy head. Nice hop flavor with a nice bittersweet finish. I cant figure out why this is a "barleywine." Thanks to thebeercellar for the swing top 1 litre bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 I had this beer at the Sweetwater brewery in Atlanta. What a great place. It was bitter but not so bad. Good colour and pretty good Aroma. The bartender who served it to me was hot and had on short shorts. Best bartender ever. I drank this out of a shaker.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2968) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Liter bottle, big thanks to SpringsLicker! This beer has an awesome name. Pours a very bright, full red with a firm tan head and slick lacing in the snifter. Big juicy hop character is found the aroma in the way of a clean, defined PNW assualt. I wouldnt guess barleywine by taking a sniff. Its all about the hops with rich grapefruit, pine, muscadines, and just a bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor has more indications towards the barleywine category with a chewy sweetness similar to raisins and toffee and a buried earthy flavor, but its still very, very hoppy. It works so well on this one, its quite a harmonious execution. Basically its a IIPA but with some malty English flavors going on. I thoroughly enjoyed the product and the awesome name.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Thanks to JIMBO for this huge bottle of delicous barleywine. Pour was golden amberish color. Started off delicous and went slightly south after that, very rare for a beer. Alcohol and sweetness became a little too potent and mucked up the beer a little bit. Still a nice treat none the less.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CIPS514 (77) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2007
I thought it was a good beer but it was very bitter and sweet. It does have a very high alcohol content.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Brewsgrass 07**Huge hop aroma pouring out f this amber brew.Lots of piney, hoppy flavor.Reminds me more of a DIPA than a barleywine.way too bitter and not enough sweetness.Finish was hoppy and bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
I agree with others that this is more of an Imperial IPA than a BW. The hops in this one are much more previlant than in most BWs. Very piney, citrus, fresh taste and aroma. Very smooth taste and low carb mouthfeel. High ABV, though alcohol is not very strong in the flavor. Pours an dark amber/orange color with a small white head.


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