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RATINGS: 1309   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 I was expecting a bit more. Slightly fruity, alot of cocoa and coffee. Far from being bad but not for me. note : 22/04/04 I'm desperate for a re-rate, I have a feeling that I was way underrating it at that time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 Ohh, what a beer. Brown reddish colour. This is very nice stuff. It has all the flavours I could ask for, the warming alcahol feeling, and it hides it very well. It has chocolaty flavours along with roasted caramelly fruity flavours. Outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 2002 rated on 6/7/2004: Pours a clear darkish copper with a short lived white head. Aroma shows lots of aged butterscotch complexity. Body has a nice syrupy smoothness and great malty and hoppy balance. This has aged quite well. 2002 rated on 5/16/2003: Deep copper brown with a thin ring of foam. Interesting buttery caramel malt and alcohol aroma. Moderately hoppy body with a bitter finish. Smooth and flavorful with good balance. A good barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Deep amber w/ decent head retention of just off white head. Clarity better than normal for a barleywine for most cases. Aroma starts mostly roasty and chocolate, then moves to caramel, fruity, hop, and a little brown sugar and alcohol as it warms. Malty flavor dominates with caramel and sugar, lightly cidery, but hop flavor also is in the back ground w/ a bittersweet finish. Inital finish is malty, but then goes to bitter astringency aftertaste w/ alcohol and hop flavor that starts to appear in the aftertaste and becomes more apparent in the finish. Full bodied and moderate carbonation are great, but hop astringency takes away from total enjoyment of this particular beer, but give it a couple of years and I think it will be pretty incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Pours a rich copper color, with a quickly dissipating white head. Strong, sweet, caramely aroma is apparent upon pouring. Flavor is a rich, complex blend of caramely, bready, and dried-fruit flaovrs. Syrupy, oily mouthfeel gives this one weight. An excellent barleywine, in my estimation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Earthy, fruit, vinous nose. Big creamy beige head. Dark ruby-copper hue. Fruity malt, cherry and fig, toffee, slippery, medium bodied. Finishes pleasantly bitter, with a big pepper alcohol bite. Not bad, definately drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5141) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2003
Color of an old penny, no head. Aroma of tobacco, whiskey, and prunes. Oily, viscous, palate, not unlike Karo syrup. Alcohol in flavor as well as raisins and butterscotch. Not bad, really, but a very unappealing mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Beautiful amber color, sweet aroma. This has so many flavors that just keep you sipping. Very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Dark amber in color. Nose is quite sweet, reminiscent of brown sugar. Alcohol evident, but overall sweet. Some banana notes and a good body. Decent example, but not my favorite example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
THis one exhibits the sorts of flavors and aromas associated with tremendous amounts of barley malt refined by a good fermentation: berries, hard candy and a tiny bit of smoke. THis is a beer that captures all the great flavors associated with barleywine, but on a much lighter frame. The result is something like a Thomas Hardy's finishing like a Bud. I frankly prefer that to cloying chunkiness, if I had to choose. A fine go-to barleywine.

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