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RATINGS: 1443   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.


jar72404's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown amber with cream head. Aroma is dark fruit, leather and molasses. Flavor is the same with a dry somewhat boozy finish. Nice barleywine.


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 (1674) - Clear Creek, 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 (811) - 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 (94) - - 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 (119) - 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 (13) - - 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 (2586) - 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 (606) - 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 (1293) - 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 (229) - 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.


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