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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2818) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 3, 2014
12oz bottle into Le Duvel - nose is caramel grapefruit. Sip adds the general qualities of a barley wine but this is way hoppier as clearly indicated on the label: 75 IBUs. Sweetness comes about by letting the beer just sit in the mouth for an uncommonly long time. Decent for a beer but not a stellar example of the style. Light boozy finish. The hoppiness satisfies only for so long until this turns into a boring experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a rusty orangey / brown . Strange mixture of sweet molasses and citrusy hop aroma . Taste almost has some tart green grape flavors mixed with caramel malts and some brown sugar . Solid but not my fav . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottled. Pours brownish hippy citrus, c could use a bit more razzle dazzle. Decent enough

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Draft at the growler NYC. Pours a heavy syrupy brown sticky color. Nice look. Boozy and sweet. Definitely a sipper ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Muddy amber with golden highlights. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, toffee. Maltier palate, chewy toffee, but with an ambitious hop load. This straddles the line between malty DIPA and hoppy barley wine. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2014
Buy this, but DO NOT DRINK IT. It needs to cellar for a while. I will not review it now. It has all the flavors, sweet bready, toffee malt, aged earthy hops and big alcohol throughout, but the flavors have not blended together yet. Lay it down for at least 6 months, number ratings are for beer in its current state, which is good, but no where near is potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle purchased at Celebrate Local. Clear copper in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel and slight hop. Malt, caramel and toffee in the flavor with a grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
Another day, another barley wine stuffed down your dumb-ass throat. So what...this is pretty good stuff--sticky, sweet, and enticing. When it comes down to it, Bernese will knock you on your ass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Keg is labeled 10.5%. Pours a half hazy dark brown red color. "Sangria", as Color Grab describes it. Thin off-white head. Leaves plenty, thicker lace. This stuff is surprisingly hopppy! Drinks close to a double IPA, with a big sturdy english-style malt backbone. Big earthy hop character, toasty malt. Bigger bitterness, much less sweet than expected. Very light alcohol warmth in the end, it’s pleasant. Bigger body, lightly slick. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft, almost creamy carbonation. Drying in the finish. This is a delicious, hoppy barley wine. Way less of the tropical fruity sweet maltiness that is often way overdone in barley wine (though a bit is there... would probably come out more as this ages). Much better than expected. Probably very fresh, I think (date not labeled on the keg).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel malts, perfume and citrus hops. Dark amber hue with an average off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an average carbonation. Overall an odd duck of a Barley Wine. Very heavy on the hops but the malt profile is very one dimensional. The hops are brutal and a bit over the top which make this brew come off unbalanced. I’m thinking some age on it would probably help but I don’t know how much.

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