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RATINGS: 1575   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.


joshwoodward's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwoodward (575) - - NOV 20, 2012
Interesting, but not my style. Boozy, but fairly attenuated and dry. It’s also a little bit harsh.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (399) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2016
A: malty, bready and slight dark fruit. Ap: wonderful deep maroon pour with a fluffy white head. Probably should have been scored a 5, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. T: dark fruit, grain and booze make up a mix that can’t be beat in a barleywine. P: full bodied, slick mouthfeel. O: very good beer, very drinkable for how big of a beer this one is. Will get again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (390) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Deep ruby pour with short lived tan foam. Loads of toffee, caramel, sweet malts on the nose, followed by flavours of caramel, sugar, alcohol... medium heavy body, sweet, but with a pleasant bitterness to keep it fresh. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (654) - randers, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
pour read brown with a fine off white head. dark fruit, nutty, port wine aromas hints of yeast., taste light sweet medium bitter. medium to full bodied. light bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1961) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle from Biercab Shop. Copper colour with off white head. MAlt and caramel aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, dark fruits taste. Medium to full body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1354) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - MAY 7, 2016
Very solid and enjoyable brew, but nothing too exciting. Huge malty mix, vinous maltiness, caramel, some bit off dried fruits, but works well in overall character. Moderate to intense sweetness with moderate to intense bitterness Lovely

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7656) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle from Mikkeller Bottle Shop. It’s a ruby amber beer with a beige head. It has a fruity sweet character with a vinous hint. Deep malty. High malty flavor with notes of dates and sweet fruit. A bit cloying. Some alcohol notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (751) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Robe brune aux reflets ambrés. Nez puissant sur le malt, les épices douces, le café au lait, les fruits secs. Bouche à l’attaque à la fois ample et tendue, une belle tension, de la puissance, des notes épicées et une finale longue et acidulée. Une bière de méditation ou de fin de voyage....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alusmamuts (1386) - LATVIA - APR 28, 2016
Amber hazy with small to medium yellow head. Sweet malty aroma with bitter notes. Strong bitter taste on sweet malty background, but bitterness preveals. Strong lasting bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1108) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
(355ml bottle shared @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 21 2016) Pours clear deep brownish red with a small fine off white head and lace. Aroma is honeyed grains, marzipan, slight oxidation, torrified sugar. Palate has a sweet toffee and marzipan core, dark honey, layers of malt complexity, raisins and other light dried fruits, maybe apricots? A bit of lightly toasted grain. Bittering hops are slightly leafy but well in balance. Tannic feel to the dry down with alcohol moderate and complementary. Medium-full and smooth, mostly in the English style, very nice sipper that is substantial without being overbearing as some barley wines are.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eripe323 (51) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2016
Bottle from VilleValla Pub. Pours amber with no head. Low carbonation. Aroma of malts, hay, rye, fruits. Taste of malts, regular base and caramell. Some rye. Fruity hops (not IPA fruity). Great barley wine/old ale


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