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RATINGS: 1640   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber color, clear, cream colored head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee. Taste is mixed winter fruit, butterscotch, alcohol warming. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 2009-11-25, vintage 2006 or 2007, 2 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy red-mahogany color; small creamy head; it actually pours not as viscous and more carbonated than expected. There is a good malt aroma, a bit nutty, honey too. The body strength is limited by the carbonation and medium-high alcohol perception. Good malt and caramel flavor, sweet but not syrupy, with a strong final nutty bitterness. Good and balanced beer, but not extraordinary as I thought previously.

2004-07-30, shared by Philippe (Bov), 9-5-9-5-18=46
Hazy copper color. Impressive hoppy aroma, fruity and flowery; wonderful malt, caramel. A bit oily, thick; it’s a malt juice! Nuts? Powerful, but well mixed, explosion of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17705) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Vom Geruch her ähnelt er stark dem vorher getesteten Mikkeller Stateside India Pale Ale, der Geschmack ist aber eine ganz andere Sache. Das Bier startet schon alkoholisch, im Nachgeschmack steigert sich dieses Aroma noch. Im Mittelteil ist es dagegen eher hopfig und leicht herb, wohinter sich der alkoholische Teil zum Glück recht gut verbergen kann. Geht in Ordnung. Test vom 8.8.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,10,8,12,6,9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Tap at Victory, Downington, 27/11/13. Dark amber with a moderate light beige covering, good lacing ensues. Nose is dark toffee fudge, dates, raisens, dark brown sugar, light boozey vein. Taste comprises sweet cake mix, hoppy backnotes, light tropical fruit medley, dates, brown sugar, sticky stewed grapefruit, raisens, caramelised sugar, toffee fudge. Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate with a touch of booze in the closure. Decent enough Barley wine, doesn’t carry as much depth as the oak version but the 11% is well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (16972) - Højbjerg, 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle, 12oz. I tend to love barley wines, and this one is helping me understand why. It pours a semi-clear, deep golden body, with an off-white head. The aroma has pine, camphor, some alcohol, hops and a lot of maltyness. The flavor is very malty, but they put enough hops in it to balance it very nicely, giving it a piney, almost astringent touch. I tend to like my barley wines less hoppy, but they are sure nice at this hop level too. Full body for sure. The finish is tad too bitter for my likings, but I don’t care too much, it’s lovely anyway. (071123)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 7, 2007
Bottled Dec 29, 2004
Red-amber color, small off-white head. Bready, hoppy and slightly fruity aroma. Full-bodied, bready, hoppy. Alcohol punch and sweet fruits (+grapefruit) in the aftertaste (together with hops). Nicely balanced, bitter but "not so hard to drink" barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
A: The pour is dark amber, perhaps copper, with a finger of off-white head. S: A surprisingly sharp grapefruit aroma to this one with a lot of floral notes to it as well. Some slight booze, but otherwise a nice malt character. A bit of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. T: Some citrus hop notes up front with a mild bitterness, but this is a pretty sweet barleywine. Lots of toffee and brown sugar sweetness with a slight creaminess to it, maybe a bit of molasses. M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. O: A pretty nice barleywine, especially for one that is pretty much always available.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2001
Heavy hops on the nose; beautifully balanced with loads of soft, chewy malt and flowering, citric hop. At times this is like bathing in hop oils, but the malt and alcohol re-emerge from their slumber to smooth out the edges. A well-named beer, not to be consumed in a standing position.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15578) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
22oz bottle. Trade with TheEpeeist. Thanks. Pours close to amber with a red & orange hew & a lasting small creamy head on top - Wauw!. Nose is complex of various things. First is the dark fruits - resin & plum. Then it is the malty caramel. Nice citrus hop note also. Very smooth, soft & full mouthfeel. Sugar & alcohol is noticeable - but far from overpowering. Sticky lips. Well made & truly fine barley wine!

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