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RATINGS: 1562   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2009
Botttle at home ... Thank to Secret Santa 2008 and a trading buddy for the 2 bottles i got, one know one gonna age to bits :-) ... copper thin white head ... sweet vanilla toffee malt nose sweet and rich ... quite a resiny mouthfeel ... again quite rich and sweet vanilla ... soft citrus fruits with vanilla in background and light bitterness... Going nice with a Mild Brie

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13769) - 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!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2007
Bottle at Sune - alst of the night !! Clear deep red - white head. High sweetness, sweet red berries, ryebread, medium hoppy, light grassy, medium malty, caramel, brown sugar, raisins. I need more power !!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (13214) - 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 donít care too much, itís lovely anyway. (071123)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12475) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12234) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a hazy orangish-amber color with a medium-sized beige head. Has a rich hops aroma and a delicious hoppy and citrus flavor. Creamy mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Opaque burnt orange body with minimal tan head. Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet/strong malty, with strong alcohol presence. Intense sweet/hoppy/alcohol surge at the first sip. Mellows slightly as it warms, giving you the opportunity to note the good malt backbone, but all the essential barleywine elements remain intact. Finishes with a pleasantly warming alcohol burn. A fine beer!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a tan, rich head. Color is a deep cloudy reddish-orange. A hoppy with citrus aroma. Taste is alcohol, then sweet-malty & hopscome through. Not to my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: January 10, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: amber with suspended bits
Flavor: rich sweet malt aroma and flavor, touch of bitterness to keep it balanced, nice creamy character, fruity character comes out at the end

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Score: **+ /4

Date: December 12, 1998
Mode: Bottle
Source: Normís, DC
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: clear amber
Aroma: slight sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich warm sweet malt flavor, just a hint of bitterness

Date: January 30, 2003
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: dark amber, whispy tan head
Aroma: rich sweet malt aroma under big hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of balancing bitterness, slightly alcoholic, warming, just a hint of fruity character

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 1998
rich fruity aroma and flavor, low balancing bitterness. earthy hop character, slightly smokey, very rich, rich fruit not quite developed,

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1998
Aroma: big earthyness in the aroma with the caramel being pretty dry
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, nice fruity character, balancing earthy bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: December 03, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: clear dark amber, thin fine beige head
Aroma: big earthy hop aroma on top of a sweet malt base
Flavor: rich malt flavor, slightly sweet, lots of balancing hops

Date: August 02, 2005
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: nice sweet malty aroma
Flavor: big sweet fruit flavor, stays rich but begins to fade, a bit of alcohol fumes

Date: February 10, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with still plenty of earthyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor but still well balanced with the earthy hops

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: July 25, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: clear dark red, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops
Flavor: rich and fruity malt flavor, lots of earthy balance, no alcohol, fruity sweetness grows and starts to get a bit sticky

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: January 09, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of earthy hops and a touch of alcohol
Flavor: big sweet dark caramel candy flavor, lots of fruity sweetness, stickysweetness is lightly balanced by an earthy hop character
Overall: is this really the current version, tastes much more aged

Date: February 09, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: greenís
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.7
Aroma: bottle aroma is much more earthy than draft with the fruityness taking the back seat
Flavor: earthy bitterness also rules the flavor, touch of caramel sweetness in the background
Overall: will take years to equal the draft version

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 26, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: muddy burnt amber, fine beige head, streaks of icy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, dark caramel, earthy, rich fruits
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, rich dry caramel, earthy, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4


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