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RATINGS: 1622   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours burnt and cloudy orange. Small head. Aroma of citrus and raisin. Almost smells like orange juice. Tastes like a little glassful of heaven. Citrus, toffee, hops at the end, Taste is tight, and very delicious. One of the best Iíve tried. Part 2 of 5 of my barleywine fest. This if a multi-night "fest." If not, I would definitely be living up to this beerís name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11069) - SÝborg, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10926) - 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 !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours a murky dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, candied fruits, caramel and hops. Flavour is amazingly rich and complex - begins with very sweet candied fruits and toffee, with the hops kicking in later, and both a bitter and sweet finish. Full-bodied palate. Carbonation is quite high. Absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Delicious bottle of beer! Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a nice frothy of white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Aroma of apple cider, caramel, malt and some nice juicy hop notes. Flavor is very well integrated with sweet malt, fruitiness, spicy hops and caramel. Very good beer. Bells third coast is better, but not by a whole lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
On tap at Monkís Cafe. 1998 Vintage. Poured a dark Mahogany color with a very small off white head. Malty aroma and tastes with dark fruits (plums). Very sweet (candi/brown sugar). Alcohol content very well hidden. Would make a nice after dinner sipping beer. Iím starting to enjoy Barley Wines (a style that is relatively new to me).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
2002 This beer rocks. The aroma is malty and sticky sweet. Notes of black pepper and basement musty. There is a definite hop presence but, címon. Although itís brewed by Victory with their hoppy, Left Coast leanings, this barley wine has to be all about the malt, right? This is a very dark, crystal clear amber beer. The head is medium-sized and off-white. Frothy head that is mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The flavor? I was right.. Malt!! Sweet, sticky, thick Malt!! Malt, Malt, Malt!!!... and guess what! Thatís just the flavor on the frontside. Hops galore disguise the huge malt presence on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Clover honey in there too. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. A long, dry woodsy, bitter finish with a burst of clover at the wee end of the finish. Excellent barleywine!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
650ml bottle. 2014 vintage that had been in a fridge since it got to the store. Lightly hazed pour. Aroma is captain crunch berry cereal. Flavor is similar, quite hoppy still, candylike, over the top.

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