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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1342) - 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, it’s 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 (2588) - 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. It’s 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 (3559) - 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 (9140) - 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 (2446) - 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 (3503) - 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 (4980) - 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 (2136) - 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 (845) - 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 (9651) - 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.

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