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RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
My last bottle from 1999. Murky chocolate brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. Aroma is heavy molasses, raisin, apricot and burnt malt. Hints of sugar cookie, earthy yeast, aromatic hops. Minor alcoholic nose. Big fruity sweet taste initially with a dose of bitterness, spiciness and smoke towards the finish. Sticky and oily mouthfeel is accompanied by a warming alcohol presence. The brandy comparision is appropiate. Different from many barley wines as this one is more sublime in it's attempts to overthrow your palate, complex still enough. Very good brew and the aging seemed to work well. I have 2001 and 2002 bottles to compare. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Golden yeast floaties in this dark brown beer. The head is well developed half inch. Smells like cookies, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar, cereal, smells awesome. Bitter flavor at first, not very sweet. Subtle and rich. Its like a bitter candy, maybe toffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thin head and nice lace on the sides of the snifter. Due to the sediment and the color, it is not the most attractive glass I've had. The aroma is malty and hoppy. The taste is malty with a good dry finish and not a sweet as other Barley Wines. The pallet is only moderately thick for a Barley Wine. I like the subtlety of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Looks deep brown and orange, murky and thick. Head faded rapidly. Aroma of dense, sweet malts, with a citrusy note at the end. Flavor initially is of thick, almost cloying malts, with only bitterness from the hops. As this beer warms up, the flavors really open up. Toffee and caramel from the malt, balanced by citrus hops, with notes of orange. Much, much better when warmer, as brandy notes develop as well. Thanks for the 2nd bottle Indra, now I have one to let rest a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber/brown body topped by a thin off white head with a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with good fruity hop notes and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor to start, turning piney from hops with a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly tingly and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Nice dark red color,small head that faded fast.Small amount of suspended yeast that didn't seem to want to settle.Malty,caramel taste with a nice hint of fruit and hops.The after taste being much the same with a nice wine like medium heavy feel.This is a wonderful brew and well worth seeking out if you can find it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
Deep red-brown in colour. Aroma was nicely hopped, citrusy, some sweetness and some alcohol. Flavour had lots of caramel, hops, citrus, slight alcohol with a thick, full body. Finishes with a nice bitterness, some alcohol and slightly dry. Thanks hopscotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, 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?

   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.

   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 !!

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