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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Barley wine.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2013
bomber. Light brown, minimal head, astringent nose of toasted sugars & a hint of herbs. Sweet semi-full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is strong. Long lasting sticky palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5554) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
651ml 2013 yellow wax thanks to LtDan! Clear orange pour. Weak foam. Incredible dried apricot nose. Taste is sweet but juicy, big kumquat, spicy chili powder, pulpy mangosteen. Interesting, fruity, very good! Tropical, pithy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (633) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a dark copper burnt orange with an off white lasting head. The aroma is thick barley with a light fruit and hint of hops. The flavor is rich grainy barley with a moderately sweet grainy sugar. There is a bit of earthy bitter but the hop flavor is an afterthought with a light citrus pine. Moderate carbonation fills the beer with a nice sweetening tang. Solid finish with a slight attempt of hop balance with a sweet barley lasting finish. Nice brew overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Deep amber color, clear, with a wispy head. Nice sweet malt aroma ruined by the alcohol, but hey, 11% is hard to mask. Some hops, but mostly sweet malt flavors, and alcohol burn. Could definately use more ageing to mellow it out a but, preferrably in a nice oak cask. Too bad they dont bottle this in a 22 so I could sock some away for a couple years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, toffee, alcohol warming. Fairly full body, sticky. English style, nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
RBSG 2004, at the brewpub: Clear orange with a average offf-white head. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar in the aroma, starts sweet and ends a bit more sweet. Full bodied with lively carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
(02/20 Toronado Barleywine Festival) On draft. Very nice aroma of fresh hops. Very foamy head. Definite hop flavor. While not as huge as Bigfoot, this definately leans heavily towards the hop end of the spectrum. Body felt more like an IPA than a heavier barleywine. Garnet color. Hops still lingering on the palate even after a few minutes. Will definately cross my lips again sometime!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... [2009 Vintage] Poured amber/orange with a white head. Mild hops still on the nose with caramel malt sweetness. Pretty worty in the initial flavor. Lots of grain tones and sweetness that mixed with bread pudding and a tidbit of citrus fruit. Other dark fruits, caramel-toffee and toasted malt with a mild hoppy balance still lingering in the back.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
22. Pours a crystal clear rubied medium amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around, leaving deeply ringed sheets of lace. Big fresh pineapple and orange nose, very fragrantly tropical. Creamy thick body. Toast, caramel, oranges, and pineapple on the mid palate. Very pleasing to drink fresh as a DIPA. Not sure I see enough malt complexity in this to age as a BW, but they can put vintages on the label every year if they want.


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