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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8657) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daveshawley (25) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3844) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11063) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2013
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 and Ray. Pours a hazy amber color witha medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have an American barley wine profile ;caramel malts, floral and fruity hops, somewhat soapy hops, finishes with some spicy notes and mild to moderate bitterness. After Wulver, this was a bit disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a lightly hazy, copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, some toasted nuttiness, floral hops, and some dark fruits. Tastes of toasted nuts, caramel, dark fruits, juicy oranges, and roast. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Well, I’m proud to be am American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the prior 3, who rated this ’fore me, and I proudly stand up and rate this here and defend that rate today, cause there aint no doubt I hate Lee Greenwood, stop spying USA! Pours turbid deep copper with off-white lacy head. Nose is caramel malt, cheddar cheese, hops, fermented fruit, female gymnast feet. Tastes of huge fermented caramel malt, fruit, resiny hops, and old aley late mats. Gets hot late, but is complex and enjoyable, although a bit bitter and way hot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a moderate off-white head on it. Nose has some dark fruit elements to it with a nice dry red wine kick to it. Taste is a little dry with some wine elements and just a hint of toasting on it. Feels like it will suck a little moisture out of your mouth, but in a good way. Quite a good barley wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3233) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2013
On tap at the source. Pours a translucent copper with a thin beige head of foam. Aroma is musty malt with a slight alcohol presence. Tastes fruity and boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
This one poured a medium to darker orange color withe a beige head. Aroma was of pineapple and peachy hops, caramel malt, and light toast, some alcohol in there as well. Flavor was similar, a nice balanced american barleywine, with the hops keeping it from being to malty, but certainly not approaching double IPA territory either. Nice.


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