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RATINGS: 1477   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is very dark brown, almost black, with a lasting medium tan head. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The taste mostly follows the nose, with some alcohol taste apparent, too. Very rich, complex flavor. Mouth is light carbonation and smooth, almost oily feel. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, though the alcohol taste doesn’t completely suit me.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle. This is a big bitter viscous BW with lots of malt sweetness and good full flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (917) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled 9/5/14 into tulip glass, dirty dark amber color with minimal tan head. Aroma of heavy malt, dried fruits (raisins, apricots, plums), caramel, booze and light fruity citrus hops. Taste adds notes of grain, bread, sugar, fruit (cherry, strawberry, apple), cocoa, vanilla, light spices and some yeast. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, creamy with thick fruity malt finish. Quite excellent this fresh, almost perfect hop balance. Curious what some age will bring out.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a light brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is coffee and bitter overtones laced with boozey ness

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
spokeydonkey (30) - somerville, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark amber beer with a thin white head and low carbonation. Aroma is of plums, figs, prunes with alcohol behind it. Taste is much the same: starts off with sweet dark dried fruit notes: raising, plums, figs--ends with a warming alcohol kick and a lingering bitterness. Exceptionally well balanced--despite the sweetness it finishes dry enough to not be overwhelming and it is easy to drink a bottle of this. Mouhfeel is exceptional as well--full bodied but silky smooth due in part to restrained carbonation. Hops are present, but not overwhelming. Overall very much on the lighter, more easily drinkable side for barleywine, but exceptionally rich in flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Marketplace Liquor in Minot. Appearance: finger khaki tan head, dark copper-deep red color, clear, gook oily lacing. Aroma: heavy malt, raisin, caramel, floral, notes of citrus. Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, light alcohol bite, bitter finish. Taste: sweet caramel and raisin, with some citrus and floral bitter bite on the backside of the sweetness. Decent booziness. Overall, very very smooth barleywine, lovely fruit aroma and taste, balance is good, and booze is present but not overly. Very very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3371) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
12 onces. Embouteillée le 09/05/14. Robe brune/ambrée avec un anneau de mousse. Nez richement fruité, entre la Old Ale et le vin d’orge anglais, avec du toffee et de la liqueur de noisettes. Bouche pleine de prunes, de raisins et de petites baies avec une amertume forte, un alcool coloré et une poignée de noix diverses. En bouche, un corps parfait, rond et liquoreux avec un pétillement adapté. Une finale houblonnée, fruitée et chaude sans être brûlante. Superbement balancé. Il est si facile à boire mais si dangereux. De classe mondiale. Centième vin d’orge pour moi sur RateBeer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teemoney (90) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Thick, opaque caramel/ brown color, with almost non-existent white head (just a few bubbles around the edge and in the center). Malty, brown sugar smell. Taste has some more sweet-ish malt, and some boozy bitterness. Feel is kind of thick and slick, really coats the mouth. This isn’t a style that I’m accostomed to, but I really like it. You can definitely taste/ feel the 10%+ abv, but it’s not overwhelming or unpleasent. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (136) - - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a thick medium brown with a creamy head. Aromas of malt, pine, and brown sugar. Very sweet with noticeable bitterness. Coats the mouth nicely. A good slow sipping beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1166) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Tap. Pours a murky amber brown with a ring of beige head. Aroma and taste of caramel, malts, some sugar, and some boozy notes.


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