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RATINGS: 1385   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 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (334) - 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?

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (5007) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Good. If I had a criticism worth noting, it would be that this brew is bi-polar -- the sweetness doesn't quite cover the ABV. Malty, bready, some fruit (figs?), nicely done in general. Prunes and alcohol aroma. Good hazy nutbrown beer, decent label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Another hit for Weyerbacher. I like this one a bit more than Victory's Old Horizontal brandywine ale. This one by comparison is a bit smoother, yet still has that kick in the back of the throat taste thanks to its high ABV. Tasty through and through, and not too heavy, either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11327) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2003
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Beige lasting head. Malts, fruits, some spices and distinct wine notes in the aroma. Alcahol, malts and a somewhat grainy flavour. Vague. Dosn't last long on the palate. Thanks to Raindog for this beer.

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