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RATINGS: 1314   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1428) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Generic yet tasty english style Barley Wine, sweet dark fruits, caramel, light spice hop notes, pretty drinkable and flavorful. A good beer, nothing to be ashamed of, and favorably compares to BWs from bigger and more hyped breweries like DFH, Stone.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2078) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods Market, Bowery, New York, NY. A hazy amber/red coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, boozy, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, quite sweet, boozy, caramel, dark fruit, plum. Rather pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (8927) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle: Deep golden, floaties visible, no head to speak of; nutty, sugary, caramelly and raisiny-vinous nose; solid sweet flavour with a well hidden bitterness; solid sweet flavour with a well hidden bittterness, full bodied; some flavours in the finish as in the nose, completed by warming alcohol. Good, but not earth-shaking...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks is kind of nice. V. V v b. c. V. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"fruity, golden raisin boozy aroma that gets quite pleasant as it warms. smooth, but abv is evident. flavor mostly sweet. no balance, but lots of complexity and quite tasty. a very nice sipper. do yourself a favor and drink it close to room temp."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3815) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy, medium brown...a tan cap, for just an instant. Aroma of fruits....figs, caramel. Taste is smooth and sweet, fruits, caramel malt, fig, a little cinnamon.... Incredibly well done...almost no hint of alcohol bittering despite the high ABV. A true pleasure to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (6106) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Hazy deep reddish amber with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, a cookie note, fruits and alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, a bit cookie-ish, with some fruitiness and some alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2437) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2014
Old bottle, well cellared but completely unsure of age. At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Turbid, yeasty with a bad case of floaties, but oddly not off-putting is the thick of it. It swirls around with a vinous viscosity and the head that does form is short-lived to bare just a ring on the meniscus. The body a luscious, cherry ruby, I suppose. Sickly but sultry nose. Deep, engrossing plum pudding doused in VSOP with a lot of dried, savoury fruit to give it that wholesome Christmas vibe. Salty, mineral-like, soy sauce and meaty also to make it quite a perplexing nose. Mmmmmm, juicy, plummy, heated, divine. Quite a lot here and very English with its sticky malt profile. This is oily but smooth. Big bodied yet seamless. The alcohol adds depth like a good barley wine. Brimming with dark stone-fruit, as well as prunes, dates, muscatels and all manner of dried fruits. Vinous and mellow, chewy, sweet, plump. The length is more fruit but has a woody, nutty element. The front is toffee, sticky malts. Carbonation is a mere spritz that tickles just the tip of the tongue otherwise this is still. Really unsure of age but Iíd say only 3 or 4 years. Really sticks around. Well rounded with plenty of depth. I liked it, turbidity or no this was a classy, artisinal Barley wine. Sticky sweet fun!! (12fl.Oz, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Como)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4531) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
pours unclear copper-orange with a decent off-white head showing some retention and lacing. sweet caramel and brown sugar - cloying if not overly sweet (!), phenols, booze, spicy yeast, pepper, grass and bitter herbs. light carbonation, medium body - oily and thick, sweet, short boozy and spicy-peppery finish. linear. meh.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (184) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from ’llepood nr 1 Gambrinus in Tartu (Ä 5,90), August 2014. Pours a dark, murky copperish brown with an active off-white head that dissapears immediately; no lacing. I see lots of bits floating. Nose is a fantastic mix of warming, even Christmasy spices with cinnamon most apparent; itís sweet, thereís autumny near-putrid berries, apples and pears and caramel and plums, but itís also got a considerable alcoholic zing (I kind of expected that looking at the devilish-clowny design) that balances out the deep, sweet aspects. It gets very-very plummy as itís warmed some more. The nose is so multilayered and complex that Iím afraid Iím just gonna leave my nose in the glass for the rest of the day. But ok, letís give it a taste. It is sweet and rich: I get very ripe Northern fruits (plums and the softer, less juicy sorts of pears and apples), hints of caramel there too, and a fair deal of dark alcoholic flavours, especially near the end - brandy, cognac, plum or pear liqueur... Full body; medium carbonation (or a bit too high even). Palate is sticky; finish malty and alcoholic - and long! Very good for a cold, rainy day... Ooh, I know, Iíd like to sip this while having a very slow, unpurposeful walk, barefooted, in an Estonian pine forest right after a massive rain, feeling the fallen leaves and cold, wet moss under my feet... Overall itís got an archaic and homey feel to it (perhaps the label is trying to refer to some historical county fairs - if so, that is spot on). Most of my points are for the luscious and multiplex aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (336) - ITALY - AUG 16, 2014
355ml bottle, probably past expiring date. Pours hazy reddish with two fingers of creamy textured beige head. Some yeast floating. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol with fruity notes. Lots of malts and alcohol. Taste is strong sweet malts, caramel and sweet fruits (figs, raisins. dates, plums). Warm alcoholic aftertaste. Strong and sweet but very well balanced.


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