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RATINGS: 1570   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottled on Nov. 10-03. Poured a hazy light amber,slight carbonation.Nose was mild hops with a sweetness to it. Tasted of mild hops,slightly sweet fleshy fruits and hints of white grapes. Could stand to age another year but fairly good now tho not like I had hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
A hoppy barleywine that might fit my "tasty barleywine" profile in a few years, but is too young at the moment (from the fresth batch). Grapefruity, with shades of malts and caramel, as well as an almost too noticable alcohol taste. I am excited for some time to pass though so I can try this one with a little age into it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1428) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Very good, but not great. Not much of an aroma; kind of like Michelob Amber Bock. An off sweet, citrusy flavor yet quite clean tasting/feeling. Listed as a barleywine, but tastes lagered to me. Enjoyable malty, hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Not as impressed as I thought Iíd be. Looks beautiful, with a mahogany body and large khaki head. Spiderweb lacing. Complex aroma: sour malt, floral perfumed hops and a touch of wet dog. Lots of alcohol up front in the nose. Flavor is moderate malted sweetness along with a vinous sourness. Not great... simply good.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Thanks to The_Beer_God for the bottle. Pours a hazy brown orange color. Small white head. Alcohol aroma, with dried fruit notes. Syrupy sweet nose, followed by big malt flavors and a rather estery yeast imprint. Some pine and apricot notes in the finish, braced by a noticable alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Amber to black, muddy body. Fully, diminishing head. No lace. Nose of molasses, straw, flowers, liquor, ... Heavly sweet initial flavour. Moderately sweet long intense finish. Quite good balanced. Very fully bodied and a little bit astringent. Lively carbonation. A little bit to alcoholic and intense for me, but yeah, thatís what barley wines supposed to be, arenít they?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Paid $2.50 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours ruby-amber with a small tan head. Light, sweet maltiness in the nose. Tasty malty and dark fruts. Not one of the greatest beers of all time, IMO, but itís good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Pours brown and almost still. Smells of hops and tea. Tastes caramelly with nice hoppy undertones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1290) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Dark cherry color, mahogany red with hints of brown. Short lasting head. Glassy and shiny, but also thick and murky. The smell is heavy sweet red wine. Some sweet (but grainy) barley too. Hints of liqueur, but not sharp or unpleasant. Taste is heavy sweet barleywine flavor (heavy on the "wine" part). Has the tart, sour pungence of a sweet red wine. Also the grainy barley base. Strong! But well-balanced. Has some hard liquor. Feels thick and chewy. Alcohol bite on the way down, a real burn. Itís a strong beer, but limited in that its heavy and loaded with alcohol taste (11%).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
deep caramel and flavors of pine needles, pineapple and roasted malts. the hops bring a special ordeal to this beer. this is a great one to have.

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