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RATINGS: 1460   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewHaMeister (161) - - 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 (151) - 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 (2846) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
bottle. amber mahogany with minimal head. sweet malty base with dark fruit. complex flavor. well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Draft at Blue monk. Beautiful mahogany dark or with an off white head. Nose is dark fruit and booze. Taste is sweet dark malt, raisin, Fig, booze, some yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Pours deep ruby minimal head Smell sweet juicy fig and caramel, bit of coco, toffee, raisin Taste bread, caramel, booze, big classic barleywine flavors Mid to fuller body Smell great, everything else was only ok

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
I haven’t had very many old Ales but this is pretty good. Malty and sweet with a taste of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1055) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor s, Chicago. Pours dark brown with sediment. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, and raisins. Taste of dark fruits, toffee, and booze. Crisp aftertaste. Thick body.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2309) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Deep brownish pour cloudy with a thin off white almost khaki head .... aroma of dark fruits, roasted light chocolate and chewy burnt caramel malts .... taste is of dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate malts, chewy burnt caramel malts with a light hoppy bite on the back end .... mouthfeel is very smooth and the abv is hidden well medium to full bodied ... bottle aged almost 7 months ..... finish is bitter and malty with a nice lingering bite on the tongue .... a very complete beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jflopsu (524) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours a murky red-ish brown with light brown head. Has a sweet caramel aroma, with other unique characteristics including some coffee, chocolate, malt and light hops. An excellent smoothy and creamy taste with caramel, dark alcohol, spices and some grains.


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