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RATINGS: 195   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 - Youíll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (4409) - 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 wasnít 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, itís 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 (2721) - 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 wouldnít guess barleywine by taking a sniff. Itís 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 itís still very, very hoppy. It works so well on this one, itís quite a harmonious execution. Basically itís 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 (942) - 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 BWís. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3030) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
This really is more of an IIPA than a barleywine. Sure, there is more heft to the malt, it closing in on the chewy descriptor, and thereís the hefty ABV, but this covers the alcohol almost entirely and itís still a hop forward beer. The hops are bright and fresh, the bitterness is balanced with the richness of the malt, but thereís still plenty of hop flavor. This is a really tasty big beer. Not too over the top, the alcohol excellently camoflaged, and an interesting malt backbone. My only qualms are with the name (Sweetwater, you make great beer. Please stop with the dumbass names!) and it being bottled in liter bottles. Seriously, I think even most beer geeks would prefer the 12 oz bottles. Not only is it more cost effective apparently (bottles of 20 oz and more always seem to cost much more per ounce than the same beer in 12 oz bottles) but itís a pain to have to drink the entire beer in one sitting. Itís not a pain from wanting to drink that much; itís tasty, but youíre going to have to make sure youíre not going to be doing anything after you finish the bottle. Sure you can close the swing top and put it back in the fridge, but unlike wine, beer goes flat. I did get a second bottle of this to age and Iíll post an update after a year or two to see how it ages.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
The mammoth one liter bottle of this beer was imposing. Unlike Festive Ale liter bottles, the swing top on this beer was not dipped in red wax, instead a simple gold foil made accessing the beer a much easier proposition. I chose a Duvel tulip glass for the pour, and in it, the beer looked pale orange amber in color, with a two finger thick beige head. The looks were lighter and more lively than a typical barleywine (even an American one), so the reports of this being really a DIPA came to mind even before the first sniff. The smell also made me wonder if a barleywine was really in the glass, as the pine, grapefruit, and hay smells indicated mostly a lot of hops. The taste revealed a beautifully put together creation with hops, hops, and more hops. Salty, piney, spicy, floral, and citric hops were everywhere. As delicious as it was, the weakly flavored and fully attenuated dry malt profile made this quite a bit off the mark for a barleywine. It was not straddling the line between these closely related styles, it was just fully in a DIPA camp. The alcohol was very well hidden, making this liter of 10% brew temptingly easy to drink, and sneakily dangerous. I liked it a lot, but it was not what I expected it to be.


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