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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This traditional American ale blends copious amounts of five different malts and various English and American hops to yield a rich and flavorful brew. As this ale is extremely complex in its flavor and quite full-bodied, the consumer is rewarded by letting a small amount warm in a brandy snifter and sipping it as one would a fine sherry. We age our Barleywine for one month in oak bourbon casks to add some vanilla and smoky notes and blend these flavors into a full-blown sensory experience to enjoy on a cold winter’s eve.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2882) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle: Deep chestnut brown & burnt copper color with a foamy & bubbly khaki foam on top. Aroma loaded with red grape, caramel, mild toffee, butterscotch, a bit of sherry-like alcoholic warmth, lighter hints of chocolate, roast, spicy oak, & earthy, ashy hops. Flavor is warming, full of booze but not overly abrasive. Caramel, butter toffee, light vanilla, & a nice back-end shows a good amount of bourbon soaked wood. Light prune/raisin essence with a bit of anise, roast, & earth showing up at times. Finishes with a kiss of bourbon, wood, burnt caramel, & a slight touch of vanilla. Somewhat thin mouth feel, but overall pretty nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours a clear red with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, vanilla, earth, dark fruits. The taste is toffee and bitter hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation, astringent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12 oz. bottle purchased directly from the brewery. Pour is a beautiful deep crimson dark amber, mostly clear. Light beige head which reduces to a bubbly ring around the glass after a few minutes. Really good lacing considering ABV, and definite alcohol legs. Aroma stands up to the appearance. Big caramel and dark fruit notes along with whiskey, oak and vanilla. Mild hints of chocolate and espresso. Taste is boozier than the smell. Big notes of whiskey, caramel and oak. Also getting some smoke and dark fruit along with dark chocolate. Alcohol definitely makes its presence felt, this is a huge beer with a lot going on. Nice syrupy and viscous texture which is a must for this style. Takes on a little more hop and malt presence and less booze as it warms. It's refreshing to see an American brewery make a barley wine that focuses on the malt and doesn't make it a hop bomb. Great brew and I'm proud to say it comes from my home town of Bloomfield, CT!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Durge (1) - USA - DEC 24, 2013 does not count
A deep dark brown-black colored brew with a modest light tan head that forms a sturdy ring and similarly fair lacing. The aroma is chewy with woodsy malt sherry and vanilla molasses. Wonderful. The flavor brings plenty of the same ideas. The initial taste brings heavy prune and tobacco malt, cherries and walnuts. There’s a woodsy peat and root beer character to it and a slight alcohol touch that provides decent warming as this full bodied, heavy feeling barleywine slides down your gullet. Carbonation is subtle but cuts through to provide a tingle in the tongue. Excellent stuff and perfect for a holiday sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4367) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2013
2005 bottle in a snifter. Pours deep brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate and sweet malts, some very light bitterness, and hints of oxidation. Flavor the same, with just a hint of off-notes from the age. Average to smooth texture. Interesting, and would definitely like to try a newer batch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottled 2/6/11. Clear dark copper body thin tan head Sweet caramel molasses fruit and malt aroma Sweet caramel vanilla rumsoaked fruit and malt flavor Medium full body mod low carb

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3642) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle from Bill, poured dark amber, no head. Notes of big booze and richness, not much oxidation like people are noting...must have been stored well or got lucky. Smaller notes of fig, wood, molasses, and dark fruit. 3.0

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle courtesy of bill. This is vintage 1999. Pours an amber red. No head. Aroma. Mouthfeel. Taste. Overall. Nice.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Westmeister (1954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2012
So, I went into this with not much expectations considering this was probably a 2006 bottle. I was happy to see that the seal on the pop-top was still intake as I got a nice hiss upon the release. Poured a dark muddy amber with a thinner tan head. Aroma was of dark fruits, malty, soy sauce, wet newspaper. Taste was stale wet cardboard, definitely way past its prime. There was still some residual, raisin, plum, tobacco tastes, but the oxidation just took over. Unfortunate as this would have been up there with one of the older beers I have opened. Oh well, worth a shot.

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 500ml swingtop, 2009 vintage. 2.5 A: Uh-oh. No carbonation. I’m guessing this is due to the swingtop, but T. Hooker chose to use this format, so I’m continuing with my review as normal. Black color. 4.0 S: The nose is still solid. Tons of plum and caramel with raisin, prune, whiskey, and leather close behind. Minor notes of sherry oxidation, but overall very nice. 2.5 T: Surprisingly not a lot of oxidation. There is a some, but it’s not undrinkable. Plum, raisin, tobacco, and caramel are strongest. Cardboard after that. The flavors are presented all that well without the carbonation though. 1.0 M: This really hurts from no carbonation. Lighter medium body. Not creamy or at all pleasant here. 2.0 D: I’m probably not being fair by reviewing this, but two years isn’t so long that the bottles should have ended up this way. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-24-2011 04:58:39


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