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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 23, 2003
Dense, creamy collar sitting atop a murky,light-brown/amber body (think light maple syrup). Constant bubbling and some lacing on the glass. Fabulous appearence. Smells of apple, apricot, berries, sweet malts and trace alcohol. Taste is big time sweet with rich, fruity malts up front balanced nicely with some hop spiciness. Aftertaste is bitter coffee, that gets a little steely/metallic as the beer warms. Alochol kick is interesting. It arrives about 20 seconds after you take a sip as a burn in the back of the throat, remniscent of cloroseptic. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 vintageA vigorous pour only produces a small light tan head, the body is a murky caramel soup. The aroma is smoky, sweet caramel, light citrus hops, and light alcohol. The flavor is sweet caramel, light butterscotch, alcohol, bitter hops, lightly acidic. Yum. Must be served warmish 50F and up. Full rich syrupy body. A great barley wine from a great brewer.2003 vintage 8/4/9/4/19 – 4.4. Very heavy malt and hops. Tastes like it will age nicely. Good dark amber color. Very heavy malt and hop aroma. Not as thick on the palate as some barley wines which actually is a good thing for this beer. Caramel notes and lots of alcohol. Loved it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Bottle: Malty and alcoholic nose with some hops. Hops almost smelled raw - like brew day. Never a bad thing in my opinion! Poured a cloudy medium brown with minimal head that quickly faded. The flavor is delicious! Malty, malty. Somewhat like an English Barley Wine - not overhopped like many American BWs. Don't mistake me, the hops are there, just not overdone. Nice balance. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Amber brown color with a rocky, granite-like head. Surprisingly chocolatey aroma, though very mild and otherwise hard to discern. Amazingly balanced, rich flavor. Not ovewhelmingly rich (not thick, not viscous), just smooth and balanced. Slightly caramel, malty flavor with a hoppy, balanced finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A hazy tanned leather color with a small off-white head. An aged quality to the aroma:sweet,malts,winelike, yeast/bread. A strong alcohol taste that gets stronger with warming. Plum like malt taste, slight bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7113) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle 355ml
Appearance: Muddy murkiness of brown leaf with light hint of old copper. Very dense medium large top.
Nose : For such big brew aroma felt bit light. Sweet fruity sugar dipped plum like, light lactic hints. Soft sweet cherry are found with time.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied. Strong fruity character is shown. Sweet and digestible, its sweetness partially balanced with hop side. Brown malts with hints of fallen tree (bark). I liked it , lighter approach to barley wine . Why not, I like it but not love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
Aroma is of plum pudding with sauce. Hazy amber, small tan head. Dried fruit, almonds, oatmeal cookies, and butterscotch flavours. Complex, assertive, comfort food in liquid form. Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
tap from the Eccentric Cafe in K-Zoo, ok.. if you are going to get beat up by a beer... then go buy this one.. open it.. and let the lil rocky jump out of the bottle and sock you right in the mouth, hard hitting, very sweet, syrupy, lots of toffee and caramel dance on your tongue, medium hops that are right in their place, and a spice or black pepper in the end... this is the beer i went back home for!! and i was not dissapointed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
Dark copper. Tan head. Smooth, buttery aroma of dark fruit (plums), brown sugar, wood, chocolate, & vanilla. Full, silky body. Robust, lightly roasted malty flavour of dark fruit (plums), brown sugar, maple, wood, chocolate, & vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Very dark, murky, muddy reddish/brown with a beige head. The aroma was very complex...plums, brown sugar, maple, dirt, rotting fruit, vanilla, wood, alcohol, chocolate. The flavor was much of the same, but very sweet. Soft carbonation with a very long, wet finish. Superb.

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