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RATINGS: 1476   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Peach caramel tectonic plates split to reveal a fiery subterrean resin which slowly covers the nourishing malt...But this hoppy viscera stands in adulation when it witnesses the sensuous chocolate bread which withstands the bitter onslaught...Never have telluric forces been so gorgeous to me...

This ages oh so wonderfully, the energetic hoppy flavor relinquishing most of its vivacity to the sumptuous fruity caramel malts which now reach port wine territory...Herbal hop bitterness still lathers the tongue, cutting the luxurious malt sweetness...Over 2 years old, and still massive and reverend, but even deep and sagacious...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Dark orange, cloudy. Well masked alcohol, full bodied taste of crisp apples with a nice hoppy finish. Great!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Looks like a lovely dark brown garnet. Tasts like fresh figs, or maybe Grandma’s oatmeal cookies with raisins and butter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
murky blood orange in color...thin scattered froth...
aroma infected with oranges, alcohol, and sugary sweet rhubarb...
imagine twisting black and red licorice together and taking a bite..Imagine a three-way wrestling match between a cherry, and orange, and a tall lanky rhubarb..Who wins..??

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 21, 2002
got in a trade with hopsrus - had no idea it was 10.2%. purpley color and flavor. very nice - has some funk to it - raisons and other dark fruit. interesting, complex and fun. on the sweet side. bit of alchohol bite on the finish - but not too much. very enjoyable

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Medium amber color, medium head. Malty aroma. WOW. ZIP ZANG ZOWIE!! This is a big bold full-bodied barleywine. Malty and hoppy. Malts are caramel and toffee. Hops are spicy. Well balanced. Taste is full, and nearly chewy. Very nice beer. There is no alcohol bite despite the Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a slightly alcohol bite. Thanks to jcalabre for this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Good winter choice, may do nicely after the pumpkins ales go away. Nice copper color, barely wine taste with noticable alcohol (which I love by the way). Rich and creamy with no after taste; really, really nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Lovley color. Tan head, plently of lace. Overly sweet caramel malts and a full dose of hops hide the strong abv. A dangerous brew indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
This is more like it. Deep red color. Great nose, malty and sweet with plenty of ripe, dark fruit. Drinking it is like biting into a caramel chew, rich and malty. Alcohol beautifully hidden on this one. Dry finish. Very rich, nicely creamy. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 (7/14/03): Murky brown with small off-white head. Aroma is rich, medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is malty, big, caramel, mint/grapefruit. Full bodied and medium acidic. (11/14/02): Garnet with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, fruity -- raisin and cherry. Flavor is rich, sweet, and very fruity -- the alcohol is very well hidden. It's a very good beer, but I'll be honest -- I can't see why this is considered a top 50 beer (8/4/8/4/16).


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