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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8603) - 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 (2341) - 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 (3215) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle: Pours cloudy amber with a minimal tan cap. Breadheel, fruit aroma. Taste is bready malt, caramel, toast. Very dry, with a noticeable alcohol bitter. Ok, but needs more subtlety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2034) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle from World Wines. Hazy orange/amber with ring. Caramel woody herbal hop and saddle leather aroma. Toasted caramel with medium fruit sweetness and very bitter woody herbal astringent finish. Full body. Fine carbo. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (832) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12 oz bottle, Anderson’s, $12.49/4. Deep, murky copper-orange; frothy white head dissipates into a thin covering. Aroma sweet, caramel, bread, fig. Flavor is a bit nondescript but quite sweet, malty, with a solid hop finish that isn’t at all overpowering. Thick, sticky, yet just about crisp. Nothing jumps out about this, but I still really enjoyed it. At just over $3 a bottle this is a solid high-gravity barleywine with nothing offensive and nothing mind-blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
On draught at Bodega. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color with a medium thick foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, caramel and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops and dark fruit. The finish is sticky with a robust malty aftertaste. Good Barley Wine all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daveshawley (27) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a nice dull apricot color with about a finger’s worth of dense light beige head. The head settles down to a very thin ring quickly. Aroma is a nice barleywine - caramel with some sweet citrus, a little vinous, with a hint of alcohol. Once it settles down, there is a steady flow of thin bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of my snifter with a nice bit of lacing left behind on the sides. This one has all of the complexity that one would expect from a good barley wine. A little sweetness at first followed by a nice salty sourness that spreads over the tongue. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and slick, not nearly as viscous as I was expecting. There is a surprising level of carbonation that finishes with a nice bitterness around the edges of the tongue and a subtle alcohol heat. Doesn’t taste nearly as hot as the 10.5-11% that it is listed as. Overall, I am more than glad to have purchased a whole case of this. Some of it is going to sit along with the few bottles of Blasphemy and Oak Horizontal that I have steeled away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle pours near clear amber pour with ample light tan head. Lightly stone fruity aroma gives way to a malt/alcohol bomb that is surprisingly balanced with the amount of hop bitterness on the tail. Not nearly as hot as I would have expected for 11%. Overall, it plays nicely together and is a decent example of the style, but it really doesn’t impress in any particular direction. I’d love to see if a little age on this. Bet it would do pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy brownish copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, floral hop and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is was a solid beer.

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