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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2721) - 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 isnít bad, but itís not very exciting, & I could do without the oxidation as itís a little distracting. As Kevin put it, it smells "old".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6067) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5274) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and some herbal hoppy notes. It pours a mostly transparent orangish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and a touch of fruit. The finish has some aged citrus hops, light oxidation, and some faint herbal notes. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, I know this is relatively fresh, but it tastes like itís been aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (197) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are delicious caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, dried apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. This is a massive, huge, bold barley wine. Lovely. This one is a keeper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1313) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle. Poured a copper color with hearty size head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, toffee biscuit, brown sugar malt. Good hop/ malt balance. Smooth. Medium to heavy body. Nice texture. Some warming alcohol. Still, itís a pretty big malt bomb, but has good background hops. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. This beer is a kind of orangish amber with a small head and chewy and sugary aromas. Flavor has a punch of bitterness to it, lots of light brown sugar sweetness, a little but bit of boozy warmth and a slightly watery mouthfeel. Itís good but kind of directionless. Just a sweet and bitter booze bomb. But I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (3066) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Clack bread/barley malt, dark fruit, and boozy aroma. Clear amber, minimal head. Black bready barley malt, toast, herbal hops flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Prune, candy sugar malt, and alcohol aroma. Amber with minimal head. Sweet caramel/raisin malt, mildly bitter herb, and alcohol flavor. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2294) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear amber with a small white head. The aroma has thick caramel, some vanilla, light hops. The taste has a big hoppiness and a nice caramel balance.. Plenty of bitterness. A delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3003) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, summer 2013 bottling. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, biscuit, and toasted/floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, citrus zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, and moderate pine on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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