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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, 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.

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: Norm’s, 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: green’s
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, fruit, licorice. Flavour is hop, fruit, alcohol, licorice, malt. Lovely beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10838) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Bottle. Poured a hazy dark orange with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor was a complex hoppy and fruity moderate sweet with an average finish. Full body with a light alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10386) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle from SoLan, thanks! 11% on the label. Orange dark brown color. Malt, plums, blackberries and a hint of oak in the aroma. Sweet, syrupy, malty flavor with plums, peppermint, oak and earthy hops. Blackcurrant, vanilla. Slightly alcoholic, but still well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled: Clear orange coloured. Beige head. Hoppy and light flowery and sweet aroma. Fruity and hoppy flavour. Sweet and wellbalanced. Is very bitter in the end, almost acrid. This is one hell of a brew provided by Raindog. Thanks.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy orange copper with a small, diminishing amber head. Aromas of plum, apple and brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of bread with a little fruitiness and a warming bitter finish. Hides it’s alcohol very well!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9868) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2005
12-oz. bottle via trade with kramer17801, bottled 02.04.05. Pours cloudy, murky copppery maple dark brown with a small foamy tan head and creamy lacing. Fruity fragrant hop aroma to greet and awaken your sense of smell, followed by some sweet medium roasted caramel, maple malt and then finishes up with a perfumey, fusel alcohol nose. Heavily bitter and acidic fruity, perfumey hop flavor, maple and nutty caramel malt body with some yeast notes. Medium to full bodied, fizzy and tingling mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 1, 2004
clear red-amber colour, the fine foam quickly disappears, tons of hops in the nose, grapefruit, some apricot and cheese, oily and full-bodied, explosive bitterness and a very long bitter finish with more apricot and floral notes - very strong character for a unique beer - thanks to Clarkvv for this one !


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