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RATINGS: 1477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Cloudy (yeast) red-brown color. rich creamy thick head. Rich caramel aroma with dark fruit (persimmon) and dried leaves. Extra smooth and filling in the mouth, huge body. Rich full malt, caramel and med fruit. Heavily hopped. Spicy and lightly citric hops. Resiny chewy feel through the finish. Reminds me of Bigfoot but smoother with a more balanced, more British hop bite.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
Dark amber with hints of violet. Small creamy white head. Big aroma of sweet cherries, grapefruit, port and peppery alcohol. sweet and fruity flavour, hints of black currant, sweetened cherries and chocolate. Turns into a grapefruity finish with some alcohol. Exremely full-bodied. Long and warming finish. Brilliant!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Two of RB’s greatest are to thank for hooking me up with this beer, both BigBadBear63 & Indra, both guys Kick Ass!!
Vintage 2000: Thanks to BBB63.

Pours a deep murky amber / brown body, with a small rocky cream colored head, big sheet of lacing drape the glass. The aroma is persistent with malt, outsized fruity notes, plums, watermelon, fig, & tangerine, other obvious suggestions of, caramel, clove, grapefruit peel zests. The flavor is a mass of malted caramel and citric hops, complex indeed!
The finish is rather sharp, a colossal kick of intensely sweet then illustrates into a bitter camouflage, truly unique….. Palate is creamy and supple, gasps of alcohol warm my esophagus and stomach on the chilliest day FL has had this winter.
Amazingly well crafted brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Cloudy caramel color with a thin creamy head. Slight pineapple aroma well paired with english toffee. Lightly carbonated. Sweet elements dominate the body, balanced nicely by a slight hop bite. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. As she warms some of the bitterness gives way to the malty goodness. Complex finish that seems to linger on and on. Oh how this would pair with a fine Honduran cigar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark amber color with off-white half inch head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is strong of malt yet balanced well with hops. Bittersweet. Dry almost spicy finish. Very nice, warming, barleywine and likely will only get better while it ages in the bottle. I'll have to hold onto some of these.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Nice aroma a mixture of malt and hops. Appearance is right for the style, reddish brown with off white head that is retained. There is significant lacing. Taste is significant, malty with nice hop presence as well. Straddles the line between malt and hops perfeclty as a great barley wine will. Wonderful flavor which is not too sweet, very important to my taste buds. Alcohol warmth rounds out the package. Excellent barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
Hazy redbrown beer. Notes of merengue, roasted barley and chocolate in the aroma. Spicy flavor with tones of merengue, chocolate and peanuts.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Deep dark color. perfectly balanced flavors of malt hops and alcohol. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Poured a cloudy reddish brown color with a small, yet coating yellowish tan head. Dark fruits and malted aroma, very sweet. Slight hop taste, some caramel/molasses malt then a spicy, peppery finish. This was a surprising ale, and I loved it! Thanks for dropping this one off BrianO!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5350) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Thanks again to redlem for yet another beer! Pours a clouded copper-red with a medium tan head. Nose is malted with spice notes - cinnamon or nutmeg - along with ripened fruit. The taste expands on these but adds some tartness and a semi-dry mouthfeel. Finishes with some fruit and yeast notes. Outstanding barleywine! Will need to get another to age.


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