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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Celebrating the Grand Illumination of Williamsburg each year, our Barleywine style ale is a massive 11% offering that takes us over 5 hours to boil. The long boil time creates a bold caramel tone and is balanced with our signature Amarillo/Cascade hops blend. Limited edition of 2007 bottles.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Butters (3787) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draft at the Green Leafe 2007 Christmas Beer Tasting. Phenominally balanced barlywine. Lots of dark fruit and carmel as well as a whopping bouquet of hops. The abv is so well masked it should be illegal. This is the best beer that WAW has made so far.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2008
22 oz - Dark coppery crimson, light tan creamy head. Rich musty dark fruit and caramel citrus aromas lay on waves of piney brown sugar and molasses. Deep upfront resiny citric bitterness balances extremely well on core of warm sweet caramel coated raisin and fig. Rounded beautifully from beginning to end. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Best beer these guys have ever created. A great late night sipper...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: Bottle #1388. The beer pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thin and fizzy beige head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Oaky nose with notes of caramel malt and hops. Rich body with flavors of grainy malt, caramel and bitter hops. The finish is sweet caramel and malt at first but leaves a slow-burning hops aftertaste behind. Pretty good Barley Wine all around.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 22oz bomber, bottle # 99/2007, opened August 2009, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous, dark, hazy copper, with a touch of red, and a solid, half inch, khaki head. aroma is wonderful with huge notes of caramel, burnt toffee, and roasty malts with notes of yellow raisin, and light citrus. flavor is excellent as well with big, creamy, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses up front balanced by bright fruity notes of apple cider, orange peel, and, and berry with a smooth, bittersweet, toffee finish. palate is full bodied, a bit sticky sweet, with solid carbonation and a smooth alcohol presence. overall, a wonderful, underrated, barley wine that is drinking superb right now after 2 years in the cellar. *UPDATE* fresh 2009 bottle - everything that was great about the 2007, but hoppier, spicier, and much smoother. damn, this is good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2009 vintage bomber - #1122 of 2009. thanks Mom! This has been in my fridge since last December and I finally busted it out. Pours a deep burnt red with a thin off white head which fades quickly. Citrus hop nose with layers of dark fruits, light spice and sugar. Assertive body with notes of red apple, raisins, plums, figs, cherries and a load of citrus hops with a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat slick and aggressive palate. Bitter finish with some alcohol heat on the back. Overall, a well put together barleywine that has many layers on the nose and through the body. I feel a year in the cellar (instead of the fridge) would really tame things a bit.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle 1628 of 2007. Clear very dark amber body with ruby highlights and a large creamy tan head. Sweet caramel aroma with molassas, roasted malt and a light fruitiness. Very sweet caramel flavor, more molassas and rum soaked fruit. Full body with moderately low carbonation and a sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1448) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (bottle 0195 of 2007). Muddy brown pour with an off-white head (quite possibly the thickest beer I have ever seen). Aroma of caramel, prunes, oak, and citurs hops. Sweet flavor of toffee and chocolate as well as some orange, apple, and raisin flavors. Moderate alcohol burn as to be expected with a beer at this gravity. This is a very good barleywine, however I would argue that Ironbound Ale is a better barleywine by this brewer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle 0701/2009. Pours slightly cloudy copper, with an off white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is malt, fruit, caramel, hops, and alcohol. Body is on the heavy side. Starts out sweet, and the aftertaste is a little bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is a ruby walnut with 3 fingers of creamy, dark kaki head; great retention and very pretty lacing on this one as well. Nose is malt, caramel, basement, booze, and a bit of hops. Taste follows suite, but the hops are more dominant that indicated by the nose. This is about as hoppy as I like a barley wine, before I think it has been overdone. The finish is a sweet, hop, and booze combination that lingers on the palate. All in all, a very well done Barely Wine!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
bottle thanks to ksurkin. poured a really gorgeous deep amber with an off white head that faded. aroma was caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, and orange. flavor was dark fruit, caramel, toffee, pine, and alcohol. body was slick with low carbonation. I think that I should have eaten dinner now.


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