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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Like Mr. Buck, the Bernese Mountain Dog on the label, this is a BIG beer. A complex, dry-hopped, and unfiltered barley wine ale that will only get better with age. The malt aroma, possible only in a barley wine ale, together with deep malty flavors melds perfectly with the hops for a truly unforgettable experience.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle. 3/12/13. Pours an almost translucent red amber with a dense, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is earthy, grass, citrus, vanilla, alcohol, dry, fruity. Taste is bittersweet, dry fruitiness, vanilla, grass, cereal, earthy, citrus rind, burnt caramel; finish is leather, vanilla and citrus peel. Highly drinkable and smooth considering the high ABV. Nice lacing throughout. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. More bright and elevated in aroma and flavor than I was expecting. Doesn’t showcase the malty characteristics so much as I like in a barley wine. Tasty, interesting, enjoyable. Misses some points for style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1948) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Deep copper with a fizzy tan head. Deep dark malt, caramel with some raisin and fig, then a substantial hops finish. Strong and full. Not bad, but not a standout for the style.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (9258) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee malt, bitter citrus hops. The taste is bitter hops, toffee, strong lingering booze. Medium bodied, hot, pretty messy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of sweet and caramel malts, dark fruits, and citrus hops. Flavor is the caramel malts up front with a hint of dark fruits. The finish is bitter with the citrus hops and a little alcohol warming.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hman43 (436) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2014
It has an aroma of plum and tones of sherry. It is a cloudy brown with a light head that lasts a bit. It has that strong Barley wine flavor with a decent taste but a stronger bitter finish than most.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
bottle. not feeling this particular barley wine. Its really amazing on how different one from the other can be but this isnt for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (637) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft. Cloudy Ruby color. Hoppy aroma. A bitter taste with alcohol and pine. It is a nice beer to sip on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1573) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from George. Aroma of bitter candy and a bit of booze. Taste is slightly sweet an fairly bitter for a barleywine. No real other flavors just barleywine. Pretty taste.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2510) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Solid copper body, not much head forms at all, only a timid, beige film that stretches across the top, outlined by a thin collar. Aroma has some light fig & prune notes with a heavier underbody of caramel sweetness. Light oxidation notes, wet cardboard, hints of pear, & some grassy herbage in the finish. Taste is quite sweet & malty, hitting with caramel & toffee up front, followed by soft apple skins, figs, & faint anise. Again, it takes like some oxidation has taken place, despite the relatively young age of the bottle. Relatively sticky but not necessarily thick. It isn’t bad, but it’s not very exciting, & I could do without the oxidation as it’s a little distracting. As Kevin put it, it smells "old".

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6049) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottled, orange marmalade color,with some soapy foam, nice piney nose, flavor of pine cones and some good metallic hops, clean hoppy finish


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