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RATINGS: 1515   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15990) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14764) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (14702) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14088) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (13156) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12430) - 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*

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12363) - Orange County, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12102) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brwon color with a thin head. Hoppy, floral, sweet flavor with a warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12023) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Vinous, mild dark fruit aroma. Mahogany color with an off-white head that didn’t amount to much. Bready aroma as the glass approaches the lips. Medium body with creamy/fizzy carbonation. It seems bottle conditioned in terms of mouthfeel - like Fullers 1845. Something grape, raisin/fig and roasted malts for flavor. Finish is mildly sweet with a decent amount of bitter. Excellent ale. It gets better with each passing sip.

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