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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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,


3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Michael27 (429) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2016
Aus der Flasche getrunken. In der Fassung der Limited Edition Nr. 11 mit dem Experimentalhopfen X-43I. Helles Mahagoni im Glas mit weißem instabilen Schaum. Massiver Gaumen mit komplexen Geschmack nach Trockenobst, Tropicals und etwas Malz.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2016
Copenhagen 10/6 2016. A birthday present to myself. 65 cl bottle from Føtex. Yellow striped label with big grey glass of beer on the side (Barley Wine I presume). Bottle is sealed with some kind of wax over the cap. Pours Reddish amber with small white head. Settles as lonely Islands of foam drifting around. Aroma of sugary fruit. Apricot, Fogs and dades. Reminds me of those chokolades you can get soaked in Madeira. Sweet toffee. Noticeable whiff of alcohol. Light carbonation and oily palate. Flavor is heavy sweet and sugary. Followed by and balanced partly by medium bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter sweet and lingering. A bit boozy. Well - as you can USD sugar as a conservator "Old Embalmer" might be quite a relevant name for this beer. A lot of taste and intensity - but a good deal to sweet to fit my taste buds.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (2450) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2016
Hazy amber, small offwhite froth. Fruity, malty aroma, hints of wood and booze. Flavour has sweet malt, caramel, some dried fruit and ok bitter bite. Boozy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2016
Bottled. An amber beer with a yellowish head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, and caramel, leading to a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (414) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2016
650ml bottle bought at Bainbridge Liquorstore, bottled on July 18, 2012. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, tropical fruits, citrusy (orange). Taste is sweet, citrusy, slightly boozy. Hoppy bitterness piney, boozy aftertaste. Incredible that hops is still in the taste after 4 years! Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odysseyalien (71) - New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2016
Old Embalmer 2012, opened 4/25/2016. Much tastier than I expected it to be. A very nice take on the American Barleywine. Not too sweet at all, mouthfeel was medium. Even after sitting in the bottle for four years, it was still on the hoppy side. I would definitely have this again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (716) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle @ Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours hazy copper with a little head that leaves some lacing. The aroma features dried fruitiness, caramel, syrup and a touch of piney hoppiness. Taste is light to medium sweet, later also bitter. Dried, sherry-themed fruitiness is assertive, hoppiness perhaps a bit too subdued. Also some caramel appears initially and in the finish, a touch of grapefruit. The palate is medium-bodied and smooth. Not bad but does not reach the (high) standards set byt the best American barley wines.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2016
2013 Vintage Wax-Capped 65 cL bottle Clear amber and copper coloured body with a thinnish tan head, only about a centimetre tall. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel, toffee, earth, plums, figs and a good bit of hops still noticeable. Medium-bodied; Strong toffee and figs up front that fade fast and don’t show much at all, especially malt. Aftertaste is showing barely anything - very interesting, just some water, light malt, toffee and figs with some light pit fruits and the smallest amount possible of alcohol. Overall, a very mild barley wine - perhaps its possible that I aged it too much and lost all it’s flavour. Not really worth buying nor aging, when after popping the wax there isn’t much to it, which is usually a decent thing for a barley wine, but not when it loses absolutely everything. I sampled this 65 cL wax-topped bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (P Street, Logan Circle), DC on 05-January-2015 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington exactly a year later on 05-January-2016. Vintage: 2013 // Purchased: January 2015 // Sampled: January 2016

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
angelkostvo (1093) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 27, 2015
Dark orange colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, dark fruits and biscuits. Taste is light to medium sweet. Light to medium body, thin body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Decent enough light tan head... nice lacing and retention.. the brew is a crystal clear light amber. Nose shows some hoppiness that reminds me of orange blossoms.... floral and somehow a bit earthy.. balanced backbone of pale malt and pieces of toasty malt... no real "caramel or toffee".. pretty damn good. Very balanced... not bitter ever.. good malt presence and a nice floral hoppiness... palate mirrors the aromas. Body is a slippery medium and carbonation is light yet makes me want another sip.. liquid velvet. Very drinkable out of the gate... The label suggests "cellaring"... I am torn, I have my doubts it will do any good, but you never know. Damn tasty and drinkable.. no element overwhelms any other.


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