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RATINGS: 1521   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 08/06/1998
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival

dark amber, tan head, rich sweet carmel malt aroma, strong malt flavor,
-------- /> Date: 02/09/2008
Mode: bottle
Words: brawley’s

hazy dark amber, fine beige head, bits of lace, dark caramel malt aroma with a fruity candy sweetness balanced by an earthy quality, body is lighter than expected, sweet dark caramel flavor, touch of fruity character, well balanced with earthy hops, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Blind rating. Pours copper with virtually no head. Aroma is floral, perfumey hops, caramel malt (cookie) and maple notes. Heavily hopped, bitter and acidic drying flavor, maple and caremel malt , burning alcohol (isopropyl) finish. Medium bodied and smooth palate.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10708) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2004
Bottled: Ruby red coloured. Beige dense head. Strong vineous aroma. Fruit, cocoa and some spices as well. Could easyly get addicted to this aroma. Flavour dosn't live up to the aroma. Alcahol is the dominant here. Some sweetness and fruits are detectable. Is bitter in the end, but in a very sharp way. Had expected a lot more. Thanks to Raindog.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Original Rating 12/3/2007. Bottle. Not my favorite barley-wine. Flavors don’t seem to meld quite right until the beer was quite warm. Pours brown and cloudy with sediment. Taste of molasses and hops. Thick mouthfeel, as expected. 5/3/7/4/14/3.3

Rerate 6/25/2008. Batch 8269, bottled 1/11/08, from Market Street Wine Shop Downtown Location. Cloudy reddish brown pour with a tiny but persistent head. Aroma is very sweet and reminiscent of baked goods. Taste is dark fruits, brown sugar and a strong hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10454) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
Hazy deep amber with mediu beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with ripe fruits, toasted malt, hops and alcohol notes. Bitter finish with warming alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
mcbackus gave me this at his house...thanks matt! Man what a great friggin beer!! Pours a cloudy brown with a very small light tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, dark fruit(raisins) and some hints of smoke...very light smoke that is. Flavor is sweet and fruity, caramel, syrup and rounded out with a perfect hop bite. A world class beer. Thanks again matt!!!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It is a very beautiful, red mahogany color and the head is creamy. The aroma is vinous, malty with notes of raisin and other dark, dried fruits. The flavour has sweetness and notes of malt, alcohol, plum, light wood, caramel, cane sugar and citrus in the finish. The alcohol is warming, but also a little too dominating IMO.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 This beer rocks! How do I love this beer? Let me count the ways. #1 The aroma - Wow! At room temperature, I can literally smell this ale from five feet away. It"s chock full "o" stong, sweet fruit (something I can"t identify, but possibly medley of fruits and berries such as apricots, guava, strawberries, apples, bananas... hey, that’s it... a Strawberry/Banana Smoothy or a county fair Caramelled Apple). Also, in the nose is at least an acre of rich barley malt and yeast. #2 - The appearance is a crystal clear deep copper hue. The color of a freshly minted Penny. Large, rocky khaki-colored head. Mostly lasting with excellent lacing. #3 - The flavor is very malty and moderately sweet up front with blasts of caramel, toffee and toasted nuts. Bananas, strawberries, warm alcohol and a nice hop bite await on the backside. #4 - The palate is full-bodied with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A long, acrid , nicely bitter, alcoholic and dry finish. One last explosion of caramel and fruit at the far end. Let me count the ways I love this beer? How about eighteen ways... as in an overall score of eighteen out of a possible twenty? Thanks go out to RainDog for this excellent brew and my resulting buzz.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10068) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of LeopoldStoch. Dark red orange appearance with a two finger tan head. Sweet berry jam, slightly boozy, quite caramel malty nose. Sweet, red fruity, caramel malty, slightly boozy flavor. Red fruits, some bitter hops, and light to medium booze on the finish. Somewhat bitter, earthy hoppy aftertaste. One of my new favorite Barley Wines!


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