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RATINGS: 1555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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
Travlr (18707) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Very dark brown, 8 bubble head. Aroma of maple syrup. Taste of caramel, malt and brown sugar. Nice hop finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (17494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 7800 packaged 2007-01-31, 5 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark mahogany color, with nice creamy head, reducing to a more frothy layer. Wonderful aroma of old time cookies at first; then caramel, malt, fudge, light phenol. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong caramel and malt flavor, correctly sweet without being cloying, also because of a nice nutty touch; it still has a quite strong bitterness, that blends with a pinch of roastiness and the warm alcohol feeling. It aged with grace, and still holds some complexity.

2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 9358 packaged 2009-09-23, 2 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Compared to the older bottle, this one has a bigger and more persistent head, more carbonation apparently, a darker shade of brown. The aroma comes in immediately with caramel, vanilla and phenol, with a light soapy sensation, and without the additional cookies found there; but after a while they tend to be similar. The body is equally strong and the mouthfeel equally smooth; there is more focus on the caramel flavor, slightly more sugars, and less nutty touch (that could be both a sign of the age or presence of roasted malts); more pungent, more bitter, more roasted nutty malts in the ends, less harmonious. Equally good.

2004-003-26, 9% ABV (not sure), 8-4-10-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color. Original aroma: malt, nuts, caramel, cookies, milk chocolate. Perfect body structure; malt, caramel, cookies, fudge, medium liquorice, very strong bitterness. Excellent! Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16065) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle. It’s a clear, reddish copper beer with an off-white head. West-coast sweetish maltyness on the nose, with some mint and a hint of cellar. Raisins, sweetness, alcohol, caramel and a cellar touch in the flavor. Full-bodied and warming, finishing malty sweet with some roasted malts, raisins and alcohol. A pleasant by-the-fire beer. 091016

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (15847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
Brown with a good head. Malty aroma with toffee, vanilla and nuts. Flavor is wonderful. Starts in a nutty and creamy way with malts and vanilla, then turns into a great salty hoppiness. Very, very good. I owe you one, rickgordon...*s*

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at home, thanks to GT2 for the trade, 28/12/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown meets light black with a well appointed khaki covering that stays for the show. Nose is toffee, dark fruit rinds, tobacco, earthy, light spice, dates, cake mix. Taste comprises much the same, fruit cake, dates, raisens, prunes, caramelised brown sugars, almonds, woody licks. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol. Decent barley wine, well balanced, some well tempered bitterness so it doesn’t get too sweet .

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (14909) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled
Murky brown, good firm expresso head. Aroma of whisky barrel and licorice. Full-bodied. Salty, loads of licorice, hints of vanilla and toffee caramel. Loads of dark coffee and roasted malts. Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Delicious barley wine, propably ages quite nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14798) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2007
Bottle (Sune) at The Club !! (Vintage ’05) Clear red/brown - white edges. Aroma: Ryebread, berries, flowery, citrus, hoppy. Taste: High hoppy, berries, dark bread, ryebread, dried dark fruits, bitterness, citrus, sweetness, light-pleasant-alcho-burn. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (14632) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
Süffig malziger Antrunk, sehr aromatisch. Wenig hopfig, sehr süß malzig, dunkler werdend. Später karamellig, etwas alkoholisch, was die anderen Aromen bestärkt. Kräuterartiger, stark malzig-voluminöser Abgang. Vielen Dank an kappldav123 für das Bier! /12/12/13/10/13

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14590) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy mahogany color with very little off-white head. It ends up being a thin ring around my snifter. S: Plenty of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee right off the bat. A little bit deeper there are plenty of dark fruits such as plums, cherries, and maybe some figs. T: A toasty malt and sugar flavor with a moderate bitterness. A good bit of brown sugar and toffee along with a mixed bowl of dark fruit flavors. Really well balanced between, overall. M: The body is medium to full with a slight warmth to it. The carbonation is low to medium. D: Though this definitely packs a punch, this is a dangerously easy to drink old ale. I’m happy to have another bottle of this to stash away.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (14101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2000
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Slightly murky amber. Toffee, nuts, raisins and just plain rich malts in the aroma. Very rich and long flavour with big toffee notes and some strong alcoholic dryness. Bitterness clashes too much with the chewy maltiness.


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