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RATINGS: 1541   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8540) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8539) - 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, c’mon. Although it’s 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! That’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
On tap at Monk’s 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. I’m starting to enjoy Barley Wines (a style that is relatively new to me).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A reddy brown coloured beer with no head. The aroma has blackberries butter and alcohol. The taste is extremely smooth with lots of warming tasty alcohol and rich fruity notes. Very very drinkable for such a strong beer. Good stuff indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8211) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
12 oz bottle. Bottled January, 2005. Deep garnet colour with a thin, fast fading tan head. Aroma is quite subtle and well balanced. Sweet malty aroma, light fruit, caramel/honey malts, port-like vineous character and light spiciness as well. Some citrusy hop aroma. Flavour is sweet up front, with fruit, honey, port, and a citrusy flavour. Silky smooth body. I can’t believe this is 11% ABV.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
an easy drink. Nice moderate use of hops and head that disipitates. Brown/amber. Unique in It didn't seem like 11%. Malt and alcohol winter warmer. Hint of orange citrus in syrup. Somewhat dry and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (7945) - 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 I’ve 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 beer’s name.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice yellow head that settles down to almost nothing. Huge aroma of caramel, toffee, spice, alcohol, raisins, dried apricots, and lots of licorice. Taste is very dry up front and in the finish. Starts with some spicy alcohol, cinnamon, and earthy notes and then goes bitter with some dark fruits and apricots. The high abv is very well hidden. Bitter, dry finish will a long aftertaste of dry hops and barley. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Beauty syrupy red appearance. Very viscous, thick as heck as it slowly slogs around the glass. The aroma is considerably sweet; roses, grapefruit. Sweet throughout the drink, very thick and viscous all over the mouth, sticky and smooth... very well balanced. The finish is not too bitter, and amazingly the alcohol is nowhere near what 11% should feel like. Bitter just enough at the end to compliment the sweet fruit flavor and mustiness. I could hardly ask for more from a barley wine. Thank you austinpowers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Listed as 11%. Served it a bit too cold (52* or so). Pours with a smallish, foamy, light brown head covering a hazy amber body. Head goes pretty quick. Some lacing, as well as alcohol legs left on the glass. Aroma has some unnatural element to it (either plastic or plywood), but following that there are currants, berries, toffee and maybe even coffee malts. First thing to notice upon drinking is how creamy-syrupy the mouthfeel is. Quite nice. Flavor has lots of alcohol, and then is quite a bit more malty towards the finish than other barley wines that I have been drinking recently. Taste is fruity up front, and there is a slight metallic note to it. Good, but not habit forming.

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