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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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*

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9430) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Hazy brown ale with floaties. Honey and sweet malt aroma with light hoppyness. Sweet earthy malt with sharp hops, molasses, and alcohol warmth. Rich and thick and oily. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9050) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle poured a clear dark orange asmber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of plum, raisin, dates, sherry, toffee and carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel, fig, dates, brown sugar and sherry with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8540) - 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!!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8539) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Poured a dark and cloudy reddish/brown color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, malts, dark cherries, oak, and a little smoky. Light spicy finish with light alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8210) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
12 oz bottle. Hazy burgundy-garnet with a thick white head. Sweet malty aroma, figs and plummy fruit, some toffee. Nice spicy/earthy hop aroma. Aroma is very fresh. Flavour shows great complexity, sweet chewy malts, plum/prune/cherry, a hint of tartness and an unusual resiny texture. Long, lingering bitter finish. As it warms some more fruit and woodiness come out. Cherry and a bit of white grape flavour as well. Flavour shows terrific balance, great texture and an absolutely delicious brew.


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