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RATINGS: 1455   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Very good. Looks like feces. Tastes better and better as it warms. In fact, do not drink this - too - COLD. A nice variety of flavors. Something for a small group of good friends... On a camping trip. Itíd be good for the holidays. Warms you up with a hearty smile. Very special. UPDATE 1/30/05: wow. i havenít had this beer in such a long time. well, itís not how i remembered it albiet wonderful. i chilled it in my fridge, then drank it very slowly. it definitely tastes smoked, a bit salty, and quite complex. emphasis here is not the hops. thereís also caramel, wood, and dark fruits and spices. aftertaste is quite woody, bitter, and salty. what stands out the most is the salt and smoke. this is awesome! however, iíve downrated since iíve grown more experienced. (original: 9/2/9/4/19, now 8/3/7/4/17) has the recipe changed? have i tasted not the same vintage?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Poured a deep copper with the yeast in suspension. A malty, toffee, alcohol aroma. Sweet with toffee, alcohol. Very heavy in the body and a very smooth palate. Great flavors...I needed more time with this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Definately one of my favorite beers! I have a six pack saved from 2 years ago and just cracked one open. Wow amazing nose with fine head that quickly dissapates. Somewhat murky dark amber color. First taste is a winey carmel sweetness that quickly makes its way into the hop zone. It seems to have mellowed from when I last tried. The taste is flooded with complexity (prunes, raisins with cherry notes and even a whisp of tobacco) Wait for this one to warm up and be amazed. Buy some now and put away for a couple of years !!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2592) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Bottle: Fruity,cherry/prune/raisen. Kinda high abv scent in it. Clear rusty brown color. Poured sediment into smaller glass. Small head faded quickly. Pruney/honey/tad grapefruit bitterness. Medium to full body. Creamy/syrupy. Very tasty. Can see why it is so popular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Mmmm. Not quite up there with Victory Old Horizontal, but damn close. This one hits you like a sledgehammer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This has to be the best barley wine I've had. It's a nice brown colour with a rather small head. Aroma is sweet, and very fruity - alcohol isn't very noticeable. Very nice, very smooth mouthfeel. One of the best of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This brew pours a dark brownish-orange color with a very thin light beige head. The aroma is strong malt with a little raisin and caramel. The body is very robust, with flavors of malt, peppery alcohol, berries and brown sugar. There is a lot going on in the flavor but it all meshes well. The finish is a little tart for my taste but I imagine an older bottle would be more mellow. I will definitely try this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Very nice clowdy color, with a tad bit of foamy head. Flavor is very warming, as a good barley wine should. Very crisp barly malt flavor and just an all around good beer. I wouldnt pick this one before old horizontal, which was my last barley wine, but this one is definately worth goin after.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Num.(No, not numb, num. As in nummy) Park a load of malt in my mouth and hear me say thank you. Plum D*lishez. Nicely balanced if leaning to the aforementioned malt. While I like the many hop demons that buzz about, this was a most excellent vacation. I will look to head to this coast once again. With thanks to jsquire

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2002 vintage. ruby brown color with medium small head that lingers. Very complex flavors going on.Apple,nuts,maple,raisins and toffee are some tastes that come to mind.Aroma is slightly hoppy with a touch of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden with a little spicy hop taste that warms you. Finish is long with nice bitterness. Truly worth the two expidition stouts that I traded Fraternie for.


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