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RATINGS: 1532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 oz bottle, Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, $15.99/6. Pours a darker brown, with creamy one-finger white head that dissipates into nothing; medium lacing. Aroma is indescribably just "old"--like an old wooden library full of dusty leather-bound books; dirt, tobacco, malt, some dark vinous fruit (maybe raisin). Flavor is similarly "old"; tobacco, dark malt, some bitterness in the finish offsets the sweet dark malt. Palate is fantastic; dark and full bodied, oily, yet not overly sticky. Not particularly sweet as barley wines go, which is fine. The other 5 bottles are already on the shelf and I may pick up another sixer for a longer-term aging venture. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (698) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2015
It pours a cloudy amber color. It has a full head that produces lacing. it has aromas of molasses, bread, some nuts, and some dark fruits with cherries being the most evident. It has flavors of molasses, bread, cereal, nuts, dark fruits, with cherries being the dominant dark fruit although there are hints of plums. It has a quality bitter hit on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3234) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2015
12 oz aged bottle served in a snifter. Pours a hazy, nearly opaque, reddish-brown. Would be murkier but I left the last bit of sediment in the bottle. This is a rich and robust ale with moderate spiciness and a load of dark fruit flavors. Somewhat boozy but not bad for > 10% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3043) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany brown from the bottle with a thin cap of tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of musty wood and dark fruits with just a hint of oxidized caramel malt. Taste is more toward the dark fruit and caramel malt with a slight bitter finish. Mild carbonation, boozy burn, decent barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1131) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif. Price: $3.19 Purchased: Aug. 28, 2015 Consumed: Sept. 3, 2015 Misc.: Packaged on Sept. 5, 2014 Poured a brownish, auburn color with 1-to-2 fingers of grayish, khaki, rocky head. A few foamy spots on the sides of the glass. Below average-to-average retention. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled a healthy dose of hoppy dark malts. Specifically got toffee, caramel, booziness, tobacco, leather, faint butterscotch, fig, dates and some slightly spoiled red apple. (Smell - 4.13) Taste pretty much followed the nose. Got sweet caramel, toffee, booziness, scotch, tobacco, dried fruit - dates, figs, prunes and earthy raisins - some roasty malts and light herbal hops. (Taste - 3.63) Full-to-medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 4.00) I had high hopes with this one, but overall it wasn’t that great. (Overall - 3.75) 3.80 86 B+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7605) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355 ml bottle. Enjoyed at Los Angeles, CA. Pours a dark amber brown colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, syrup and resin. Flavour of strong bready maltiness, resin, grassy bitterness, wood and syrup. Medium bodied. Mouthdrying wooden finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5234) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355ml bottle

Pours dark reddish brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of berries, caramely malts, chewy toffee, hints of syrup and spices. Taste is malty, caramely, chewy and heavy with syrup, toffee and sugary notes. Finish is sweet, malty and heavy. Quite heavy but complex and surprisingly good still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8090) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
355 ml bottle @ hotel room, Los Angeles.
Pours mahogany color with a small head. Sweet ripe fruits on the nose, caramel malts and toffee, mild alcohol notes. Sweet caramel malt flavor with toffee and raisins, syrupy and some alcohol warmth at the end. Nice, though a bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
35,5 cl bottle (10.2%) @ hotel room, Los Angeles. Bottled 05.09.2014. Aroma has raisins, harsh malt and sweet ripe fruits. flavour has woody tones, some menhol notes, grapefruity hops, raisins and harsh malt. Alcohol warms here nicely. Quite typical aged BW - pleasantly balanced though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
crajun (1091) - , Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2015
very high marks for aroma, app, and palate. Just didn’t really like the taste/beer; not a fan of the style. bottle dated 9/5/14. too syrupy sweet and too much hops (even after a year) for me. yadda

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1271) - - AUG 16, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits and caramel.

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