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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
Abijen (1875) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2015
Thanks to Benzai! Donker rood bier met een getinte schuim kraag. Ruikt gedroogd fruit, kruiden, rogge. Smaakt gedroogd fruit, koffie, kruidig. Medium tot dikke body en plakkerig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Old rating. Dark Amber. Giant sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, spices, boozy heat. Full Bodied. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (310) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours a dark amber, with a tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, with a sweet smell. Big heavy malty body with lots of caramel and a dark fruity sweetness. Has a touch of piney hop bitterness also. Thick and rich yet very well rounded. I enjoyed it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (10067) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle @ home. Lightly hazy dark red to almost purple color, medium sized off-white to beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, overripe fruits, dark fruits, sweet. Taste malts, sweetish initially, dark fruits, slightly alcohol, a slight bitter touch in the finish. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (830) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Pours a brownish amber with a medium eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly. FIg, prune, star anise, sorghum and toasted malt on the nose. Full body with a rich and sticky mouthfeel. As it warms up more of the fruit comes out along with some vanilla and oakiness. Slighly sweet on the palate. Smooth and rich boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (667) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 oz bottle dated 9/5/14 poured into a tulip glass..amber/ruby pour with a thin white head..aroma of booze,caramel,molasses, dark fruits..unique taste..dry,boozy but with fruit and spices..very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle, pours an amber/copper color, hues of ruby. A thin off-white cap. Aromas of sweet berries, molasses, roast and a subtle hint of earth. Taste comes in layers. A nice sweet molasses coats the palate and allows the dark fruits to leave their impressions. Nothing is dominating this profile...nice balance here. Some slight spice, along with an earthy dryness make an appearance in the middle ground. This finishes with hints of alcohol, dark fruit and a nice light spice. Solid stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GlassBrass440 (290) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2015
2011 vintage (11/07/11). Pours a very, very dark red with little wisps of foam that cling to the glass. Super mellow aroma. Not faint, just, you know, mellow. Herbal... savory/sweet... something and then Bang! Ginger snaps. That’s the aroma. Also dried fruits: currants, cranberries. Cinnamon. Aromas are very reminiscent of Thanksgiving or Christmas. Warming, calming, comforting. I could smell this all night. But let’s move on to the flavor. Sherry/oxidation, but very much in balance and not at all outside of a desirable level or expectation. Sweet, dark fruits like fig and dates. Chocolate. Quite a restrained bitterness. Balance is sweet. The finish lingers with slightly burnt oatmeal raisin cookie notes. This has aged superbly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Aromas of dark fruits, plums, apricots, molasses, tangerine, burnt sugar, burnt caramel and liquid malt extract. Appears a dark amber color with a thin white foam. Taste is incredibly forward to the style with dark fruits, plums, apricots, molasses, brown sugar, maple, toffee and burnt sugar. Finishes with no booze and a large sugary sweet date, molasses, and caramelize sugar. Overall, really nice barley wine to the style, big sweetness and sugar to the style. A rating.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2247) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home while in Jacksonville. Pours dark Amber brown with a thin white head. Sweet candy figgy cakey toffee aroma. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Lots of figgy, pruney fruitiness, booze, cake, caramel, light lemon... Sweet and tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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