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RATINGS: 1528   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10594) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 7800 packaged 2007-01-31, 5 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark mahogany color, with nice creamy head, reducing to a more frothy layer. Wonderful aroma of old time cookies at first; then caramel, malt, fudge, light phenol. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong caramel and malt flavor, correctly sweet without being cloying, also because of a nice nutty touch; it still has a quite strong bitterness, that blends with a pinch of roastiness and the warm alcohol feeling. It aged with grace, and still holds some complexity.

2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 9358 packaged 2009-09-23, 2 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Compared to the older bottle, this one has a bigger and more persistent head, more carbonation apparently, a darker shade of brown. The aroma comes in immediately with caramel, vanilla and phenol, with a light soapy sensation, and without the additional cookies found there; but after a while they tend to be similar. The body is equally strong and the mouthfeel equally smooth; there is more focus on the caramel flavor, slightly more sugars, and less nutty touch (that could be both a sign of the age or presence of roasted malts); more pungent, more bitter, more roasted nutty malts in the ends, less harmonious. Equally good.

2004-003-26, 9% ABV (not sure), 8-4-10-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color. Original aroma: malt, nuts, caramel, cookies, milk chocolate. Perfect body structure; malt, caramel, cookies, fudge, medium liquorice, very strong bitterness. Excellent! Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This is a damn tasty brew. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aromas of cognac and red wine, roasted mlts, amd a little orange peel with spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a flavors that sticks around on the palate for just the right amount of time. Flavors of brown sugar, a little cherry, a hint toward dates, but just a little, with some amazing tobacco notes and a little vanilla and a great smokey flavor. Very smokey. A decent bitter finish to a great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (30781) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2004
An unclear red beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted bread and yeast. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy both with aroma hops and bitter hops - which gives it a rather bitter finish. A great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
Honey and toffee in the aroma. Malty and very sweet flavour with a hoppy, bitter and dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Re-Rate The aroma is almost three dimensional - astounding. I’m still not sold on the earthines of the flavor. Slowly loses character from the nose to the palate. <P> Pours almost chunky with a ruby and caramel color. High malt, high hop, fairly peaty in aroma and taste. Astringent aftertaste that the hops don’t quite overcome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours a deep amber beer with a foamy off-white head. Delicious and sweet aroma of toffee, caramel and a fine bite of alcohol. Full-bodied flavor. Sweet roasted malt with lots of spices, raisins and prunes. Hoppy bitter finish. A very complex barley wine. Thanks to Denton (Jokes) for this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
This is a really good Barley Wine. Sweet, caramel malt, and earthy flavors. Finishes creamy, rich, and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Dark and hazy amber color with a very small white head. Has a slightly bitter and citrusy aroma with a slight hint of grapefruit. Caramelly taste mixed with a hoppy bite that leads to a rich and creamy finish that goes down smooth and warm. Very wonderful bitter malty aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Deep amber in color, almost no head. Aroma is nutty with citrus hops and caramel. This beer is like molasses, spicy hops and alcohol in a menage a trois. A winter warmer for sure.


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