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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Barley wine.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, herbs, resin, earthy, leaves, dough, clove, licorice, soy sauce, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation,


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (223) - - JUL 13, 2014
brewed in July 2012, drank in July 2014; brewed with bravo hops; amber color; fairly bitter, hoppy aroma for a barleywine; a fairly hoppy barleywine with a good deal of floral hops on a semi-sweet malt base; well balanced

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 29, 2014
On tap 4 oz. sampler at Dan's Restaurant and Taproom in Boonsboro , MD. Lightly hazy , copper-red with a creamy off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earthy hops, dates and brown sugar. Taste of dates, raisins, toffee, alcohol, more fruit, caramel and earthy hops. Medium body and medium carbonation. This 2013 edition is ready to drink now (end of June, 2024) and needs no further aging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Cloudy amber an thin off-white head and moderate lace. Boozy - rum/bourbon - aroma, with oak, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste follows, more of the bourbon than the rum, with a nice dark fruit complexity. Full body, minimal carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and a boozy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kabonski (24) - - MAY 25, 2014
2013 year 22oz bottle. A very good beer! Has a good alcohol burn, solid flavor, and great appearance. The aroma was very faint but has a hint of strawberries and bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2049) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle dated July 19, 2012. Almost two years old. I opened this as my 2014 Easter beer. The pour is deep mahogany amber and reddish hue with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is full of barley malts, dark fruit-like characters, molasses, and sweetness. It still smells like it has some of its 10.2% ABV punch after two years. The body is medium and relatively smooth. The taste goes right to my head in no time with its sweet barley malt character and modest bitterness at the end. After two years the alcohol is not entirely integrated but it is also unoffensive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
78samh (114) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2014
22 oz bottle dated July, 2012 poured a clear golden brown. Aroma is sweet caramel. Taste is also caramel with mild hop flavor. Great clean mouth feel and very smooth with minimal burn. Excellent barleywine!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4293) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan medium length head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning to mild earth in the still sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a copper orange with a dull glow. Modest ring of creamy beige head throughout the glass. Odd spots of lacing. Really bright and hoppy nose, potent in fact. Has an intense citrus, caramel malt, jet fuel vibe to it. Lots of life left in the hops after 18 months. Sharp florals, light citrus, and pine. Definitely packing heat at 10.2% and not shy about it... fits its moniker. The indication is this would age well and it reminds me of Old Boardhead, but with more emphasis on hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (585) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2012 bomber. Lightly sweet and floral aroma with a fleury active head. Dark amber color. Kinda bitter, kinda hoppy, medium sweet, medium boozy, and lightly bitter. Very smooth after aging for 1.75 years. Flavors of caramel, orange, bitter spicing, alcohol, and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Tap at Roasthouse Pub. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and toffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, peppery alcohol, dates and candied fruits. Flavor is sweet malt, medium alcohol, fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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