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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Barley wine.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Sugar-smeared grapefruit dominate this hoppy Barley Wine’s lightly caramelized cereals, as delicate alcohol warmth and bitter resins seal each sip.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy pale red.
-This is not oxidized at all even though it is over 2 years old and doesn’t have a ton of specialty malts and residual sugars to camouflage the potential cardboard notes.
-This must have been intensely hoppy when fresh. More of a Imperial Red IPA than a classic Barley Wine.
-The grapefruit rind flavors are quite prominent.

Bottle. 2012 vintage.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bomber from Capone’s, aging about a month. Pours clear dark copper with 1-finger creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, fruit, hops. Tastes rich, caramel malty, with notes of fruit, hops, and some honey and spirity hints in the mid-palate. Finishes malty, with a medium palate heft, mild fusels, and moderate complexity. This one is good, but not elite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
On tap at Widmer, pours a hazy dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma brings out notes of dark fruit and heap loads of caramel. Flavour is sugary but not cloying, with brown sugar, candied dark fruits and toffee. A decent hop blast to this too. Very nicely balanced and constructed. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle at James’ place for a tasting. Pours a clear light amber brown with a medium sized white head. Big bright hops on the nose, bright and full of pungent earth and citrus. Medium bodied, spicy malt and citrus, toast and warm yeast. A touch of warming alcohol, toast, malt, spicy hops. Pungent earthy bitterness into the finish. Blurs the line between IIPA and barleywine. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7241) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle, shared by Grippitis. Lovely deep red-orange hue. Sweet malty aroma, very much a barley wine on the nose! Love this aroma! Sweet chewy caramel maltiness with nice plummy fruit accents and a hoppy bite in the finish. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. Pours clear deep gold with copper core and nice off white head. The mild aroma has notes of dark fruitiness, some sweet malts and floral hops. The taste is very much to English barleywine style to me with rich chewy dark fruity esters coming from prunes, cherries and ripe plums. It slowly takes on sweet malts and a hint of caramelization. Nice brew that is right on the mark now.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7068) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 24, 2004
bottle at perkeo’s gathering. decent barley wine. some prune and fig aromas, golden syrup sweetness with some vanilla essence and pear schnapps, quite full-bodied, perhaps a little sweeter in the finish than i would like but still quite good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Citrus (grapefruit) aroma with light summer fruits. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit flavor with plenty of malt and caramel. Medium bodied. Tropical fruits and grapefruit lingers with malt and a light sweetness. Well balanced. Easy drinking for 9.5%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7008) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours amber with a decent off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a slightly harsh dark malt falvor with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6625) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle at Vinno Rosso thanks to Ray. Pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet nose with caramel and fruit, some heat. The flavor is really nice: malt forward, big strawberry, some toffee, caramel, very rich. A bit of heat which is fine. Very good. Reminds me of Uinta BW.


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