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RATINGS: 1594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1666) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Cloudy, dark brown appearance with a heady aroma encompassing fruit (prunes, raisins), molassas, and toffee. Interesting, complex taste with strong malty, bready flavors. Had a good hop presence that lasted into the finish. Didn’t try hard to mask the alcohol. Many thanks, Bert.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Big fruity malt nose. Lots of dark fruits, some restrained hops, cotton candy. Flavor is somewhat tart and earthy. Very rich fruit, alcohol, tobacco. Awsome beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 10/24/07. Bottle-no back label. Murky dark brown with a tan fluffy head that lasts a few minutes, oily lacing. Aroma starting to show huge oxidation, big sherry notes and cardboard. Thick mollasses background. Flavor still holding up decent. Caramel/toffee charcter up front, fades into old hop bitterness and light cardboard in the finish. Oily/thick palate. Another example that leads me to believe BW are most time better fresh. Batch 6722 12-5-07 oily flat, huge candied fruits and carmelized malt, on the very edge of oxidation very nice right now, in fact may finish off the last few I have soon.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
Full of flavor and character. Has a slight bitter taste but does seem to tip the scales evenly. Quite sweet and cloudy. Will try this one on tap some day

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, raisins and abundant esters. Nice reddish white head that continues until the last sip. Color is cloudy (sediment from bottle fermentation) red brown. Huge taste of molasses, raisins and brandy. Lots of bitterness that is very well balanced. Beer is first creamy, then sharp, then an array of other estery flavors. Super beer for the long winters up north. Would love to try it on tap.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
This beer pours a very solid cloudy brown color with a thin but long lasting tan and brown head which left significant amounts of lacing on my glass. The aroma is strong and slightly alcoholic with hints of caramel, candy sugar, malt, chocolate, roasts, coffee bean, wood and mahogany, some spices...ginger and cinnamon. The flavor is full bodied, alcoholic, warming and thick. Caramel and chocolate bodied, it nearly tastes oak aged. This bottle was aged for nearly 14 months, so it could definitely go longer! Heavily malty leading to a subtle bitter/dry finish! Brandy-like aroma and finish...you can taste the heavy chocolate and caramel malts...carbonation is light..sweetness is long lasting...some coffee bean in the finish...smooth and pleasant..an excellent beer and Im glad I have more cellared.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2555) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Pours with a four-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color with a bunch of chunky bits. Light-medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Full bodied. Starts smooth and sweet, Finishing with a slight bitterness and some alcohol overtones. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Bottle: Strong caramel aroma. Light banana bread in this barley wine too. Pours a very dark amber, almost a dark brown. Lots of sediment when held to the light. Decent off-white head with fair retention. Nice lacing. Strong caramel flavor. Light banana bread flavor as well. Hoppy finish with some alcohol detectable. A touch of coffee in the finishl. Moderate to slightly above moderate hoppy aftertaste. Excellent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Burgundy. Rich, deep aroma of lava flowing slghtly burnt caramel, chocolate, plums, red apples and cinnamon, possibly. Succulent, coating, full bodied, numbing malt flavor with notes of deep caramel, plums and red apples. The finish is long, lingering and finishes with a lingering brandy sweetness. Chewy. Phenomenal.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
While this beer is good "fresh" I much more enjoyed it after it aged for a while. Good lookeing beer that is really deep color. A nice malty flavor with come fruits. Not a big head but nice lacing of the glass. Very much worth picking up a pack and forget about it for a few months and then you will have one of the best Barley wines I know of.


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