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RATINGS: 1637   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Luxuriously rich in character, this warming winter ale delivers over 10% alcohol in an oh-so-seductive manner. Deliciously fruity flavors lie under a bracing hop nose.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Iíve been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful. S: Itís actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Itís definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more ístandardí than I was expecting. T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isnít much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost ísaltyí to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, itís that the sweetness here isnít well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. Thereís just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isnít quite enough. Every once in a while, thereís a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate. M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, itís still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. Itís more salty than anything. Nonetheless, Iím really impressed how well the booze is hidden. O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, itís still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, Iím really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2016
65 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ home
Aroma is sweet with fruity hops and caramel. Flavour has alcohol, sweet caramel, some harsh malt and toffee. Alcohol warms nicely in the finish. Quite nice slow sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thunderpup12 (18) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2016
From a bomber. Pours a dark orange with cream head. Smells like grapes. Strong booze flavor but pretty smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2408) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2016
650ml bottle from Woodmans in Waukesha. Cellar aged 3 months, served at cellar temperature and shared with bananabi11. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma has sweet & stone fruits. Very hop forward. Taste is of tangy fruits, pine, citrus, toffee, peach. Medium to full bodied. Blend is solid. There is an alcohol presence. Carbonation is solid. finish is sweeter than bittersweet. Solid hoppy example of style. 14.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duganc (25) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Served at 57deg from wine cellar. Pours a rich Amber and head dissipates quickly. Citrus and caramel with long finish. Malty sweetness taste and nose but not cloying. I really like this. 22oz bomber. Will buy more and drink over 3-4 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1735) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Rot box special, vintage 2014. Pours a murky Amber with a tan head. Bottle from shelf aroma, toffee, sticky butterscotch. Hops are pretty much gone. Some cardboard, sweet. Thick and sticky. High boost. Chugged the 650ml in under a minute. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2305) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle from Summer Secret Santa a while back. Sticky dark golden pour with a decent head. Tons of pine sap, hoppy, caramel, dark dried fruits and some vanilla. Sticky texture. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2179) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, hops, toffee, earthy notes and ripe fruits. The taste has pine, hops, caramel, bitter hops and pine notes. Pretty bitter barley wine but a nice one indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1610) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours hazy dark brown/red with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is full of dark fruits, malts, caramel, subtle hoppiness, fresh citrus. Taste is malty, hoppy, caramel, red berries, bitter, orange, piney.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16377) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus courtesy Klimaet! Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, caramel, fruits, malt and has a long bitter and sweet finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1588) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bursprak! Pours a hazy, reddish amber with a medium sized, long lasting, off white head. Aroma has intense hops and sweet malts, that together gives an intense berry-fruity sweetness, intense malty, spicy, piny hops, some caramel. Taste is sweet, toasty, malty, pretty fruity, and finishes off with a big, but balanced bitterness. Average carbonation, full body without being sticky. Nice and balanced for the style!

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