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RATINGS: 251   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 winterís eve.


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. Thereís 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 (4175) - 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 (3457) - 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 (5673) - 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 (1839) - 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 (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 500ml swingtop, 2009 vintage. 2.5 A: Uh-oh. No carbonation. Iím guessing this is due to the swingtop, but T. Hooker chose to use this format, so Iím 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 itís 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: Iím probably not being fair by reviewing this, but two years isnít so long that the bottles should have ended up this way. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-24-2011 04:58:39

1.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
davey101 (697) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2011
I normally donít bash beers, or post reviews for beer I dislike. However Iím making an exception for this beer. I love Thomas Hooker, but this beer has some problems. I absolutely love the presentation, a blue tinted pop top 500ml. Its looks amazing, it really does. And that why its been in my cellar for the last few months. This is a 2010 vintage. A pop of the top reveals....whats that? Zilch. Zero noise. This canít be good. An aggressive pour yields some awkward large soapy bubbles that pop quickly...and zero head. A sip confirms that this is still and flat. Yup...the seal went bad. The smell is amazing. I smell some candied dark fruits, caramel, and frankly...the smell is of a quality barley wine. However this is undrinkable. Buy these with caution! These tops are really flimsy and barely air tight. Iím glad I only picked up one since these were $7.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3863) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
2006 vintage is very mellow and english in nature. Enjoyable. Cool bottle. Tasty. Raisins.


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