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RATINGS: 47   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8940) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee malt, bitter citrus hops. The taste is bitter hops, toffee, strong lingering booze. Medium bodied, hot, pretty messy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8139) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7860) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7594) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6743) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6371) - 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).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6019) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (5427) - Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a transparent orange with ample foamy off-white head. Smells sweet and malty with otes of toffee. Tastes like it smells, but way less balanced. Hot and boozy too. Average (at best) on the palate. Not my thing.


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