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RATINGS: 1528   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (937) - 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 (699) - 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 (365) - 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 (297) - 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 (998) - 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 (2284) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (6099) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from GreatDane1632 as part of Local world wide swap, many thanks. Deep ruby red brown with medium off-white head. Sweet berries in aroma with caramel, alcohol. red fruits, honey, malt, earthy hops, alcoholic bitterness in finish. Tasty sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1449) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Deep amber/garnet with a tight tan head and viscous lacing. Rich dark fruit aromas accompanied by alcohol - sherry - and brown bread and baked apple. Big caramel sweetness up front, with ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate syrup. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, warming alcohol throughout and a lingering fruit sweetness in the end.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drsordr (1597) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Draft sample at Cincinnati Beerfest 2015 pour dark copper with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, licorice, dank and earthy. Taste moderate bitter up front, then toffee and dank. Light bitter finish. A bit overpowered by the other beers I sampled this day.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrettTaylor (638) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours an dark orang’ish brown with creamy 1 finger white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma - toffee, caramel, dried fruits, a little bit of an almost bourbon barrel note with vanilla and mild spices. Taste - malt, dark malts, med roast coffee. Moderately thick on the palate with a nice warming across the back of the throat. Bottle is from Sept. 2013. It’s aged very nicely.


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