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RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2917) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Bottle: Fruity,cherry/prune/raisen. Kinda high abv scent in it. Clear rusty brown color. Poured sediment into smaller glass. Small head faded quickly. Pruney/honey/tad grapefruit bitterness. Medium to full body. Creamy/syrupy. Very tasty. Can see why it is so popular.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Mmmm. Not quite up there with Victory Old Horizontal, but damn close. This one hits you like a sledgehammer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This has to be the best barley wine I've had. It's a nice brown colour with a rather small head. Aroma is sweet, and very fruity - alcohol isn't very noticeable. Very nice, very smooth mouthfeel. One of the best of the night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9455) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This brew pours a dark brownish-orange color with a very thin light beige head. The aroma is strong malt with a little raisin and caramel. The body is very robust, with flavors of malt, peppery alcohol, berries and brown sugar. There is a lot going on in the flavor but it all meshes well. The finish is a little tart for my taste but I imagine an older bottle would be more mellow. I will definitely try this again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Very nice clowdy color, with a tad bit of foamy head. Flavor is very warming, as a good barley wine should. Very crisp barly malt flavor and just an all around good beer. I wouldnt pick this one before old horizontal, which was my last barley wine, but this one is definately worth goin after.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Num.(No, not numb, num. As in nummy) Park a load of malt in my mouth and hear me say thank you. Plum D*lishez. Nicely balanced if leaning to the aforementioned malt. While I like the many hop demons that buzz about, this was a most excellent vacation. I will look to head to this coast once again. With thanks to jsquire

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2002 vintage. ruby brown color with medium small head that lingers. Very complex flavors going on.Apple,nuts,maple,raisins and toffee are some tastes that come to mind.Aroma is slightly hoppy with a touch of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden with a little spicy hop taste that warms you. Finish is long with nice bitterness. Truly worth the two expidition stouts that I traded Fraternie for.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2644) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Upon opening the bottle the head started to build, hmmm. Fizzy, light brown cola like head that faded quickly. Looks like a murky ice tea. Slightly vinous, fruity nose. Full bodied, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Roasted malt, fruity, raisiny, butterscotch notes and some hints of licorice also. Finish is fairly dry, nice hop bite, some roast flavors sticking around for good measure. Lost a point in the appearence dept. Thanks again davesarman.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
pours brown and thick. very hazy can't see through it at all and there is either a lot of yeast or some of the mash floating around in this beer. aroma is of sweet malt and some hops. flavor is very malty with a lot of hops to back it up. a solid barley wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Really lovely! Thick, dark orange appearance, and such a creamy, buttery, sweet aroma and flavor...oh, and plump, juicy raisins! It goes down so easily...I can hardly find words to describe it! Excellent.


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