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RATINGS: 1503   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.


4.3
   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 (1431) - 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 (5459) - Pennsburg, 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 (5409) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beamish (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003 does not count
Possibly the best old ale or barley wine style beer brewed, a little lighter than the style might call for but very easy on the palate. A quick swirl of the bottle before the last pour will bring out any yeast that might have settlet on the bottom of the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This stuff is really great, a little light on the palate then I prefer for this style, but a truly great bw none the less. Pours a dark brownish amber color, with a big creamy head. The flavors are of dark fruits with some sharp cheese flavors and aromas coming through as well. Flavor is very full and interesting right up until the finish, which is much like a sweet biscuit taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Cloudy brown, no head. viscous body, sugary, fresh bread aroma. Big malt profile - cereal, biscuits and muffins, all at once. Alcohol pops up for a second, then leaves. finish is surprisingly dry and peppery, leaving you, the beer drinker, wanting more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Frothy-thick, cake-like head above an opaque amber. Fresh aromas. Incredible mouthfeel; smooth, rich, deep and rewarding. Malts were very rich and deep. Notes of caramel, toffee, rock candy, molasses and chocolate. Balanced hop bitterness. Warm alcohol. Toasty finish. With each sip, my mouth and mind went for a little ride. Wonderful beer.


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