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RATINGS: 1390   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
This brew is dark amber with a medium thick off-white head. Thin lacing in patches all the way down the side of the glass. Strong caramel aroma with a little fruit. Rich body, with a lot of caramel and malt in the flavor. It is pretty hard to hide that high an ABV, but this beer does a pretty good job. The alcohol flavor is not very strong. The alcohol is sweet up front and gets progressively more spicey throughout. This is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Amber with a dark beige head. Caramel and toffee aroma. Very sweet with caramel and raison flavors. Full bodied with the alcohol well hidden. Very drinkable too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Quickly dissapating head that smells of vinegar and sugar. Color is a good dark amber. Good mouthfeel, but the taste is a little off. Both sweet and sour notes. Quite a sting of alcohol to it. Very strange- I wonder if this bottle is bad/oxidized.

   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 (1670) - 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.

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