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RATINGS: 1457   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
This is a barley wine that shows you can make one with out ungodly IBUs. Malt dominates and contributes to the oak, caramel, and vinious qualities. A nice read and relax barleywine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
Not one of my favorites, but it warrents respect

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
Opaque orange brown in color; thick to medium head with good rockiness; Vanila and tea in the nose. Tons of malt- nearly numbed my tongue. Tons of lace left on the glass. Very little of the hops that prevade other barleywines. Alcohol is well hidden. Lots of citrus in with the malt. Becmoing nicely sweet at 2/3 mark. Became very satisfying by the end of the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2002
The AC on this ale amazes me. This tastes so good. ’The Brandy Of Ales’? Well I’m not a big fan of brandy so I can’t make that claim, but this is really worth trying when it’s in season.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2002
High marks for palate, as it is wonderfully thick. Lots of suspended material, beautiful color. I don’t sense the hop bitterness that others have mentioned...if I did I would rate it higher. Instead I get a lot of malt complexity, only it comes along with a general sweetness that is too much for my taste, and very noticeable alcohol content.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19235) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Re-rate, 2001 vintage sampled in February 2003. Deep ruby, pours thick with no head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrup with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied. Lingering grapefruity bitterness. Still after two yeasr this beer has a lot of potential to develope further.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2002
A classic old ale. Full, sweet, slightly vinous body with just the right amount of bittering. Many interesting notes left on the palate, from woody/smoky hints to cherries.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 A deep bemired brown color, lots of dross, the head behemothic in size, frothy in texture and as it decays leaves a nice lace to cover the glass. The aroma of raisins and plums, sweet malt, black strap molasses, hints of fusel alcohol, a real “Big” nose. Start is like drinking maple syrup, thick and chewy, and the alcohol bitterness hits you immediately. Hops pleasant and spicy in their bite, mildly acidic, aftertaste dry as a bone, alcohol bitter, and a real “Belly Warmer”. Robust as any barley wine I’ve tasted, and one not meant for the weak of palate, or those not into alcohol, I love it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2001
Smelled like candy. Very malty with some spiciness and bitterness. Full bodied very complex.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
Yuu want malt? here’s your malt. A very good old ale. The premium line from Bell’s is exceptional.


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