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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2001
Sweet and fruity but not thick. Could stand for more hoppiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Certainly not the best barleywine by any stretch of the imagination, but a very decent beer in itís own right. Itís a bit too sweet perhaps, either lacking in sufficient hops or in aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 3, 2001
Deep amber/caramel body, tan head, with malty toffee, raisin, tobacco and plum aroma. Thick and smooth, uncarbonated, with a sharp sweetness comprised of roasty caramel, raisin, figs, and other dark fruit. What separates the better barleywines from this are the complementary hops and malt supported by a subtle sweetness, of which this has too little of the former and too much of the latter. Finishes softly, lacking the long finish and lingering bitterness that make other barleywines so strong and aggressive, but leaves this a bit mild.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Nice caramel color with little head, some lacing effect. Very smooth, I was surprised that it was initially smooth, in my experience most barley wines need some time to mellow, this was great from the start. Great malt character backed by a good fruity presence, most notably were dried fruits, raisin/grape, dates, and plums. Comparatively, its quite mild, but this does little to spoil it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 Deep brown, rapidly diminishing tan head. Malt and fruit everywhere, yet fairly dry and vinous. Also some chocolatey bitterness. Outstanding stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2001
Def tasted young to me - would like to age this. Intense malt profile, with notes of dates, pear, and a general ripe fruit sweetness. Call me crazy, but this tastes a whole lot like Thomas Hardyís ale, but just a couple of degrees milder in the alcohol strength department.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 Bright golden-amber with thin head. The aroma is sugary with a deep fruitiness (date, raisin, dark cherry) and all kinds of chewy malts. Sweet palate and full body. A little bit sticky. Lots of sugars, but they are soft, not cloying. The fruitiness is still present, but less prevalent. There is some light caramel and toffee, along with apple and light raspberry notes. Sweet, long barley wine. Finish is sticky, with a blast of alcoholic dryness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2000
One of the great barleywines. Very smooth, but you know itís a barleywine by its warmth Fruity, vinuous nose and palate with a smooth, warm finish. Wish it were made all-year round!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2000
Smooth and complex. Certainly a more pleasurable drinking experience than some other barleywines. Try it, youíll like it!


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