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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Deep copper red, nice initial head faded away entirely. Aroma of pure malt, a touch heady, with molasses and maple syrup in there. A bit thinner on the palate than I was expecting from the aroma. Molasses, rock candy, hint of sytrofoam?? Hop bitterness to balance it. Belly warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Color is very opaque chestnut brown, dark with barely a glow, fluffy finger high head of light tan hue which slowly fades down to a thin haze on top and a thick sticky ring around the edge, lace is in thin sheets. Aroma is mostly dark and fruity with plum, raisin, melon, banana, starfruit and toffee. Slight alcoholic note. Taste follows suit with slight dark fruit senses of raisin, plum, and a touch of banana, malts are chewy in the toffee with slight dark caramel. Quite smooth and creamy all the way through with some nicely done, slight piney and dried hop bitterness that enters in very subtle just after the midway point and gains some depth into the finish with some added malty thick depth as well. Feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a couple hollow areas, some uneven texured velevtyness and not quite as hefty or strongly flavored as I like. The alcohol in this starts to hit pretty quick though so its a major sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with light notes of plum, toffee, date, sherry, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not the most exciting or assertive aroma, but pleasant all-around and quite luxurious on the tongue. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
label is as weak as the beer is strong. the beer's presentation is slightly weathered orange-brown, like a new lodgepole pine phone pole-- a fluffy biscuit colored head sat on top (right where it should be). sniffing, i got a load of dopplebock-like sticky sweet malts in the nose (which made it hard to breathe); in addition, i got some brown sugar and dried plum, butterscotch, cigar leaf, rum, and beer nuts. smooth and sweet with soft carbonation. candied grains-- anise, raisin syrup. some bitterness occurs, but it's less conspicuous or memorable than the alcohol-washed caramel malts. it didn't excite much glee overall, but then, i don't sport a hat with bells dangling down. and though i might become a blithering idiot if i consumed two or three, i dumm enuf after just one, thank you.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
candy like and medicinal aroma, dark ruby with a thin light tan head,great candylike maltiness chewy with hints of roastiness, slightly medicinal, hops poke through a tad at the finish, incredible alcohol masking job

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Redish brown body with a small light brown head. Aroma is buttery sweet with a hint of hops. Taste is sweet, carmel, fruity, with some spicy hops. Nice warming touch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Deep amber color, slight tan head. Sweet aroma: raisins, dates, brown sugar. Similar flavor, sweet and malty. I agree with ChimayBabe about the alcohol being unleashed as it warms. Just a tad too much burn once it gets to room temp. Other than that it's a fine barleywine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 dark amber with small tan head, raisi & fig with malt roastiness. Great mouth feel not to syrupy or too sweet. Extremely smooth, not overly complex How does this manage such combination of up front olfaction and lingering flavors and still be so thin in the body?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Aspen and suede aroma waft from a gorgeous malty syrup colored brew. Raw flavors of distilled carmelized Golden Delicious apple and raisins, touch of molasses. Overpowering alcohol when warmed to room temperature. Definitely drink this one not much above cellar temp. for the best combination of flavors and aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2003
brownish red color,nearly no head but a small lacing was there.The first aroma i get is Juicyfruit gum,malt and fruit.The taste is great with a nice malt in the beginning and then the fruity gum comes in nicely sweet with other fruit tones coming through as well.The after taste is fruity and malty with a nice bitterness coming in at the end.The alcohol stays well hidden for the most part,just barely showing in the taste and coming in at the after taste as a mild burn going down.The feel is slightly syrupy but not to much so.Highly drinkable brew.Thanks Pabobcat for another good brew.


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