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RATINGS: 1367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Update - 8/20/03 - my second go at this beer improved my opinion. Copper with a small tan head. Very nice lacing. Big chewy caramel, fruity aromas. Flavors are very subdued. Sweet maltiness with a bit of hop biterness on the finish. Surprisingly "small" tasting for such big aromas. The alcohol is masked very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2003 does not count
This beer pours with a amber /caramel hue. The initial taste is a spicy/fruity zap with a hint of alcohol. Finishes nice and makes you want another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours with a brownish-red body topped by a thick off-white head with good lace left on the glass. Sweet and fruity (berries) malt aroma with hints of anise and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet malt flavor with alcohol notes and a slight fruitiness. Some spicy hop character helps in balancing the sweetness. Full bodied, slightly oily and tingly on the tongue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 24, 2003
Had a bottle of this after work last night. This brew pours a dark ruby. The average tan frothy/creamy head diminishes quickly to a thin head that stays for the whole game. The nose initially is alcohol, cinnamon, cherries, orange, and banana. As the beer breathes and warms the nose changes to raisins, prunes, dates, nuts and maple. The brew is fruity and sharp initially, and smoky and warm with hints of spice and licorice as it approaches cellar temp. The body is full, fizzy, and dry. The finish feels heavily alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Pours out of the bottle a clear redish amber color with a medium sized tan head, slight lacing. A full bodied aroma with lots of caramel, very malty, a hint of orange peel. Flavor is malty, sweet but not overpowering, caramel evident, with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Flavor is a bit one-dimentional, but it's a good one dimention. Palate fits well. It's not the best barleywine out there, but overall a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Dark amber appearance that was a little cloudy. Licorice in the aroma, along with some fruits. Roasted malts with toffee and fruit in the taste. Good job of masking the high alcohol content. Lingering sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 1, 2003
Smells of sweet pancake,caramel apple and alcohol. Gorgeous, hazy amber/brown body and toasted white head. Chewy/syrupy in the mouth. Taste is bigtime coffee flavored malt with more alcohol. The coffee taste really surprised me. Aftertaste is super-malt, coffee and more alcohol. Not as complex as I had hoped for. I'd deem this average to slightly above average for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Deep brown with a maroon mix in the body. Nose is abound with fruit, light hops, and has a slight nutty quality about it. Velvety smooth and rich body and mouthfeel. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I was expecting for 11%. Finished smooth with a light malty finish. Wonderful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Fiery,hell,red.Head is fizzy,and leaves a ring,but overall is small. Airy,dry aroma. Big fruit,nut,fig and underlying alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is soft,and creamy(similar to Heathen).Candied fruits start,following are some serious malts.Finish is sweet,earthy,and alcoholic.Hops are notieable but well balanced with the alcohol in the finish.Elegantly done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2003 Dark fruits (raisins, maybe figs?) abound in the very smooth, very thick malts. Some apple sweetness too. Not very hoppy, or, more appropriately - very malty. I liked this, but it gets too sweet after a couple of bottles.

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