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RATINGS: 1467   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
A surprise to be sure. I don't usually like high abv beers - they have a chemical-alcohol nature that is off putting. I don't usually like high blown hops, either. But in this case the amazing malt (fruits and caramel) just keeps giving and the other stuff accents, rather than gets on my nerves. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed an off white bubbly head that left circular lace. The aroma was of malt, caramel, raisins and hops. The flavor was of malt, caramel and chocolate. It had a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. I was sorry that they had already run out of this at the brewery when I was there. Another winner from the fine Bell's(Kalamazoo Brewery)crew. My only wish is it was a little easier on the wallet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2003
The alcohol is very well hidden behind an almost overbearing toffee character. Hints of licorise and plums. Aroma is pretty subtle for a big beer. Seems like a pretty decent barleywine to me, but not my favorite. It just seems a little to unbalanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 This beer rocks! How do I love this beer? Let me count the ways. #1 The aroma - Wow! At room temperature, I can literally smell this ale from five feet away. It"s chock full "o" stong, sweet fruit (something I can"t identify, but possibly medley of fruits and berries such as apricots, guava, strawberries, apples, bananas... hey, thatís it... a Strawberry/Banana Smoothy or a county fair Caramelled Apple). Also, in the nose is at least an acre of rich barley malt and yeast. #2 - The appearance is a crystal clear deep copper hue. The color of a freshly minted Penny. Large, rocky khaki-colored head. Mostly lasting with excellent lacing. #3 - The flavor is very malty and moderately sweet up front with blasts of caramel, toffee and toasted nuts. Bananas, strawberries, warm alcohol and a nice hop bite await on the backside. #4 - The palate is full-bodied with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A long, acrid , nicely bitter, alcoholic and dry finish. One last explosion of caramel and fruit at the far end. Let me count the ways I love this beer? How about eighteen ways... as in an overall score of eighteen out of a possible twenty? Thanks go out to RainDog for this excellent brew and my resulting buzz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
The beer pours a deep red with a soft head and a powerful aroma of floral hops. Tastes of licorice, caramel, and malt sweetness combine with many others in this complex brew. Hard to put this brew down even though itís a powerful one. An excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Tan, frothy head. Somewhat slow pouring. Dark mahogoney color. Chocolatey aroma. Chocolate and rye in the flavor. Nice bite to it. Tastes like a porter almost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Dark redish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits caramel, toffee and hops. Flavor of caramel, toffee, cider, hops & others. Very sweet and somewhat acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - JAN 10, 2003
I cannot offer any more to the comments below mine, but I highly recommend this beer with a nice dessert or by a fire with the guys. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Aroma is malt and red wine, not hops to speak of. Color is a deep ruddy red / brown. Very little carbonation. Brown sugar with malt and hops in the flavor. Does not taste at all like a 10.2% brew. As most barley wines do this gets better as it warms. Now 10 minutes later it has a hop aroma and a little peach or apricot in the flavor. Definately a quality Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Usually I am not a big fan of Barlyewines, but this was amazing. Caramel and sweet roasted flavors dominate. Very piney, aggressive malt profile that was friendly to me. I bought an entire six pack, hoping to age the rest. Lots of flavors coming through as this beers warms. Canít wait to try in a few years. A great one to relax and watch the snow fly for my 200th rating.

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