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RATINGS: 1318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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At Weyerbacher, we prefer to brew things true to European style guidelines, so our barley wine is definitely on the malty side, without being overly sweet. Notes of date or perhaps fig on the palate follow a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2004
12 oz bottle, snifter. Plum, caramel, raisins, cherries with flowery hops. Deep garnet body with a thin, creamy, white head. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Heavy body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: heavy and sweet (these are good things) just a bit simple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 26, 2004
Hey, it was named after me, okay? My eyes were just drawn to the description given by brewer, and I'll be damned if it's not right up the same patg I was on - the malty side, but certainly with enough to back it that it doesn't become cloying. I do favor some that have a more asertive hop character, but that isn't keeping me from enjoying this. Love the way it just keeps adding to my idiocy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Dark, almost opaque plum color under a short-lived tan head. Heavy, sweet aroma of overripe plum and wood. The big malt flavor and body has a good dose of alcohol but it fits well with the strong sweetness. Cherries, brown sugar and vanilla. The finish tingles your tongue, reminds me of cherry cough syrup. The beer has a nice viscous mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (848) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
True to the barley wine style, this is an excellent example. Nice deep reddish-brown color, sweet, fruity aroma and decent flavor with a hidden high ABV. My only comlpaint is that it seems a bit flat.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 A hearty and delicious ale. Sweet at first, but you can taste the alcohol as it goes down. The alcohol is prominent, a little too much so. Very malty and delish. This beer grew on me bigtime. Love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2004
Bottle conditioned? Deep chestnut, good off white head and quite low condition. Big sweet barley wine maltiness with lots of drambuie. Thick and chewy in the mouth, malt heavy with an oily butteriness and sinus clearing alcohol notes. Long sweet toffee malt and alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2004
In the bottle at RFD Washington. No head (okay for style). Alcohol nose. Dark red brown in color. Lack of full body expected for this style. The alcohol bites your tongue without the proper malt bandaid one expects. Pull slowly...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2004
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is alcohol; Starts with a good balance of malts and hops, finishes fairly smooth but the alcohol is there in the background. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
Clear red-brown, small off-white head. Medium sweet nose with alcohol, bananas, hazelnuts. Flavor somewhat thin, lightly sweet, with walnuts/hazelnuts, vinous notes, apricots, orange, licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2004
Thanks be to The_Beer_God for sending me this Idiot!
Pours a tawny body with a strange off white head, light shad of green. The nose gives the impression of a huge malty profile, loads of caramel, but I get some musty grapefruit in there to. I have the flu and my sinuses are all clogged, so I am probably missing a good deal here.
Yah, this is one for sipping. Caramelized grapefruit, big earthy notes, plums, and apricots, some sort of berry, gooseberries maybe….. seems like its got large notes of oak lingering everywhere, a little leathery and musty… but pretty good stuff. Warming finish for sure!


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