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RATINGS: 1568   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.


marv3mania's rating

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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alusmamuts (1373) - 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 (1099) - 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 (43) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (922) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
Bottle at Bishops Folkis. Clear redish copper with a medium off white head. Glue and almonds with some red fruits and caramel. Malty, complex alcohol and no hops. Sweet and slight warming, leather, some spice, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits. Big oily body, soft carbonation, oily. Nice old school brittish old ale with a slight belgo almond aroma and low hop profile. Something to age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a hazy orangish amber color. Aromas of strong malts, citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor big malt taste with fruity finish. Long malt aftertaste. Can really taste the alcohol in this one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (270) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bring it on! Foggy caramel colored pour, nice beige head with terrific lacing. Aroma is molasses and dark fruit. Flavors match quite well. Texture is a bit thin but smooth. This one confuses me. Is it a Barleywine or an English Old Ale. Whatever.....it’s solid!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (1876) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Appearance: Packaged 5/9-2014. Dark redish brown, clear. Small light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, molasses.
Taste: Dark fruits, molasses, some maltiness, vinous, warming. Hides alcohol well, I think.
Bought: Trade with Benzai - thanks!, 355 ml
Info: 23/3-2016

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (2835) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, bottled on April 4, 2012. poured into a snifter. Dark Translucent Crimson with small beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and a little lacing. Taste is oxidized caramel malt and tobacco. Not a fan.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (252) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Alcohol and fruits come through on the nose after an autumn dark brown color. Light effervescence yields to rich mouthfeel. Strong whiskey-like liquor finish is pretty pleasant especially for a non-barley wine guy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (510) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Pours hazy chestnut brown with a tan white head that gradually fades to a rim. Mild lacing. Aroma is molasses and malt and sweet wine. Taste is rich and flavorful and quite dry on the palate. Very much like wine or brandy in taste and character. Still, there is a sweet toffee and malty roastiness - even burnt sugar here. Despite the wine-like character and ABV, not overly boozy. This is a very flavorful beer and a fantastic example of the style. If you like old ales/barleywines and are willing to lean into the malty side, this is a winner. Just great.


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