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RATINGS: 1314   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.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Wow, what a kind barley wine. I could have a few of these. The malty aroma is definately right on with a spicy orange fragrance. The sweet malty taste left me heading back to the kitchen for more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2004
1999 vintage: Aroma is musty, sweet malt, and light notes of dried fruit. Apperance is cloudy reddish light brown. There was a small off white head that completely dissipated fairly quickly. The beer appears a bit flat. Flavor is big, significant and seems to expand. Flavor is mostly sweet malt. Finish is a dry. No trace of the ABV in the flavor. Good barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Smells hoppy but finishes with a white wine/alcohol kick. Decent caramel malts and a nice chewy-fruit feel. Good for sipping.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2003
Very nice presenting brew. Aroma of alcohol is there but well composed with malt and some spice. While drinking I found some hickory, bitterness was well rounded with alcohol. Pleasing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Good all-around barleywine. Sharp alcoholic sting but a raisin aroma and full complement of barleywine flavors. Dehydrated dates somehow came to mind. Somewhat sticky but good balance. Classic golden color and good head. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Aroma has nice deep cherry to it up front then turns into bread and alcahol. Appearance is clear redish-copper with no head. Very little lace is left behind. Taste is bready, with some carmel, apple, and apricot. Very malty without a lot of hops. The palate is a little disappointing. It's a little watery, and not quite rich enough. Normally I like the hoppier barley wines, but this is pretty good. I'll rerate this soon, because I let this sample get a little too warm and flat from swirling too much before I rated it. Old Numbskull, and Old Horizontal are still my favorites. Rerate: I like a bit more this time. Malty sweet. Alcahol still present, but not that bad. Rererate: I just had an Old Saguaro after drinking this, and this is definately better. The Saguaro might have more butterscotch. This is more complex, and is of better quality. Adjustments made on both scores.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Poured a reddish copper color with no head. Aroma was malty, fruity, some caramel as well. Taste was sweet malt, dark fruits were also noticed. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol taste as I finished. I want to say this was a 2002 bottle, it certainly tasted as though it had mellowed alittle, althought I don't remember what a fresh batch tastes like. Thanks for sharing BrianO!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
Hazy dark red-amber. Tan head. Very sweet, candy-ish christmas cake aroma of raisins, dates, butterscotch & caramel. Full-bodied. Fruity, christmas cake flavour w/ caramel & dark chocolate. Alcohol nicely hidden but still evident.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Thin dense head with ok carbonation. Thick, syrupy pour. Sweet candy aroma with loads of malts. Color is a thick, cloudy dark reddish brown. Flavor is thick and sweet with tons of malts again. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Sweet finish without much pizzaz. Nice alcohol warm on the way down. A decent barley wine but has little depth and character.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Huge sweet malty aroma, with tones of butterscotch. Ruby, tiny toffee head. Fine butterscotch, caramel flavour with some hints of fruit and nuts. Bitter dry finish. Nice.


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