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RATINGS: 1466   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (728) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Packaged on 08/07/13. Paid $3.25. Cloudy brown color with lots of floating stuff inside. Small beige head disappeared quickly. Rich dark toffee malt aroma with notes of stewed plums. Bittersweet treacle-like roasted malt flavor has an intense bitter hop backdrop. Lot’s of bold flavors here, including dried figs, burnt raisins, bourbon and resiny hops. Alcohol presence is well hidden. This is a wonderful barley wine that should only improve with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (706) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2014
12oz bottle - 2013 vintage Pours a deep brownish/amber . Sweet dark fruit aromas . Fig , raisin faint cherry and licorice . Very smooth . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (511) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Thanks Frankie. Dark brown pour with a sweet, boozy aroma. This beer doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it smells or looks. Very smooth. Amazing roasted flavor. Has the aged beer feel, without the boozy side. Awesome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Single bottle from August 2013. Very sweet and malty aroma - figs, gapes, caramel. Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Very sweet at first, then a big hit of brandy-style alcohol and a slightly hoppy finish. Slick mouthfeel. Would be interested in seeing the difference after another year or so of cellaring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (2270) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
12 oz bottled 2 years ago, purchased at John’s Grocery ($3.49) and poured into a snifter at home. Dark brown appearance with a small, light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark malts, earthy hops, vanilla, fruity esters, toffee and light alcohol. Similar flavor, rich, complex, bittersweet, lingering finish. Full body, creamy and smooth, nice texture. One of the best barley wines I have ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1109) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Wow. Brown with ruby tones and a tan head. Aroma of roast malt and caramel. Flavor follws nose but ends with an astringent bite. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewHaMeister (169) - - MAR 29, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy ruby brown with an tan head. Aromas of raisin, fig, malt, and caramel. Flavors of caramel and booze with a slight bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mrnoluv (165) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Sweet smell, has a dirty pond water look, light head. I’m not a huge barley wine fan, but this is a good one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kid_piwo (14) - - MAR 22, 2014
2012 vintage opened today. Typical dark fruit nose with booze, good low carbonation mouthfeel. Aging provided nice mellow rounded edges. Sweet, touch of bitter, just a hint of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (2901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
bottle. amber mahogany with minimal head. sweet malty base with dark fruit. complex flavor. well done.


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