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RATINGS: 1279   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Very fruity flavor. A little too fruity and slightly too sweet for my taste. Although, overall a good barley wine. I did though enjoy the aroma

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1043) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2003
This beer just didn't live up to what I was hoping for. All the same, it wasnt bad. Especially on this extremely cold night in the northeast. The high alcohol content did wonders to warm up the body after a few long hours of shoveling snow. As far as the beer itself goes, the flavor of this beer is big on fruit. Its a strong raisin/plum flavor. The color was a deep reddish copper color. The head a light tan. This beer would have been better had it not been so caramelly sweet. Maybe I will have to lay a bottle down for a year and see how it does. Hopefully it mellows.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
I just didn't like it. Has the fruit of a barley wine / raison d'etre / Victory V10 and some nice hoppy bitterness. But not enough bitterness to offset the fruit, some off flavors that may dissipate with aging, and, well, not enough balance or complexity. Not a bad beer, but who needs that much alcohol for an ok beer. Drain pour.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2003
(Assuming 2002 Vintage)Cloudy amber color with a light tan head that dissipates to a thin lid. Malt and dark fruit aroma. Smooth and thick in feel. Sweet malt and caramel flavors. Has a sharp little acidic bite in the finish. Alcohol really abounds in the finish of this one also. I definitely think a year or two would do this one wonders

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2003
(2002) Cloudy brown with fairly creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and inviting -- spicy plum and raisin, malty, some caramel, and rum sweetness. Taste is quite pleasant, but not as rich as the aroma would have you believe -- sweet, dark fruity, with some cherry showing up right before the swallow. Underhopped for a barleywine, and finishes with fairly mild alcohol burn/warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 Aged one year: Clear copper. Fizzy dirty white foam. Lovely aroma, showing lots of figs, fruit cake, freshly opened box of raisins, alcohol dipped bread, coconut, vinous traits, buttery rum, and mint. Very sweet flavors: Heavy on the figs and toffee. Beautiful underlying spicy alcohol, cedar, wax, and melon. Starts very thin, but the sweetness somehow envelops the back of the throat in syrup like fashion, which compensates nicely and adds a perfect touch of complexity. Very nice finish with a cherry dipped hop tinge. I wish I had a fresh one to compare the qualities. But this has mellowed into a gem of a bottle conditioned, toffeeish, English barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
one of the more mellow barley wines out there. Not as sharp as Big Foot or Old Foghorn. This would be a good introduction to the barley wine style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
Bright dark red color. Alcohol, light fruit and heavy malt in the nose. Body is thick with malt. A little roastiness and hops in the finish. There are better barleywines out there.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Aroma is full of fruits and candy, as is the flavor, but the finish is bitter and very unpleasantly full of alcohol and sourness. It is a very woody barleywine and except for this finish, I’d quite like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Who wouldn’t want to try a beer named Blithering Idiot? Hazy, brownish-red appearance with a rapidly dissipating head. Malty, spicy aroma. This is a little lacking in body, but it is really tasty. Malt characteristics dominate - fruits I can’t quite identify. There is something about the flavor and mildy alcoholic finish that reminds me of a belgian quadrupel. This is a very easy to drink barley wine - smooth, with well-masked alcohol.


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