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RATINGS: 1594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Marvelous sweet brown sugar aroma. With some of the "typical" fruity vinous notes. Maybe some maple in there as well? Pours a murky amber color with a light tan head. Starts is mildly sweet with mild hints of vinous fruitiness. Very very hoppy finish and extremely dry. This guy needs to be aged and mellowed.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2004
This beer is slightly less than 1 year old. Very deep rust color. Last 1/4 bottle poured thick and hazy .Great nutty malt aroma. Alas, if only it tasted as great as it smells. Big nutty flavor,hints of dried fruit with a slightly bitter dry finish. Basically like a Sami C. light.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (2053) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Brown with orangey/rusty tints, thick and cloudy. Small, but soft-looking head. Sweet, fruity malts in the nose... reminds me of passionfruit a bit. Deep, rich and thick flavor. Bitter plum, with hints of fig and chocolate. Without a doubt, the best barley wine I have had to date... and it ranks up there with some of the all time better beers Iíve had. This one was worth much more than the $1.99 price for a single.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 Hopped up with Cookie dough, mint, rum, dates and fig, ice cream mouthfeel.. Complex real flavours and overcomes alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Unaged. Brownish orange around the edges with a nice off white head. There is a full barley wine type aroma. Very malty with dark fruit smells. It smells full. There is a heavy malt character and a very warming feeling. A pine hop flavor pervades making this a very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Deep mahogany slightly cloudy appearance with big bubble amber head. Intensley maly aroma with sherry and plum notes. Ohhhh, deeply malty flavor with enough hops to back it up. Big, powerful, elegant beer. More of an Old Ale to me but still top notch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Reddish brown in color. Carmelly and hoppy aroma.Rich malt in the flavor. Enjoyable. Smooth with a bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
12 oz bottle. really great barley wine. poured a cloudy maroon brown with a nice caramely creamy head. smells raosty, fruity and hoopy. smooth, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. tastes hoppy, with some roasty coffe notes. a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Redish brown with lots of floaties and a yellowish greenish head. Carmelly hoppy fruity aroma. Rich thick malt, with a large carmel component. lots of hops in the flavor and a long, bitter finish. Remindís me of a poor manís Double Bastard.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Mmmm... small fizzy head with a dark red/mahogany body. A bit yeasty at the bottom. Aroma is full of dark fruit, bubblegum, brown sugar, brandy, and chocolate. Taste and body are very both good, but seem to be missing something to be perfect. It is slightly hoppy with some sweet brown sugar, dark fruit, and pineapple. Bitter wood finish with some cherry hints. Its slightly syrupy, but not as much as Iíd like it to be. This was very good, but I guess I wanted perfection.


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