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Yo-Ho Yona Yona Barley Wine 2002 & 2005

Formerly brewed at Yo-Ho Brewing Company
Style: Barley Wine
Nagano, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Hopped with Centennial and Nugget.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2013
Backlog. On tap @ Popeye, June 2008. Not sure which year, but it was advertised as 8.5%. Aroma’s of sweet fruits, caramel, a bit alcohol, also some hop-bitterness retronasal. Flavor is moderate sweet & moderate bitter. Alcohol feel is quite strong. Body is medium to full. Long, bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - DEC 8, 2012
Rich, toffee, burnt sugar, somebdark fruit, a little toast, warming, some leathery tobacco. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
2002 bottle. Apples on the with caramel malts. Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Rich caramel with some molasses even hints of smoke with a very earthy bitterness with hints of apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle (2002) pours a translucent brown with some white head. Nose is sweet, malty, sherry, bread. Flavor is malty, apples, brown sugar, cookie dough. Full bodied and smooth. Doing very well after 8 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Murky tan, wispy white head. Nose of heavy malt, light tea and leaves. Flavor is more sugar, toffee, really sweet but balanced Thomas hardy style. Very nice, hopefully to be enjoyed again before seven previous hours of drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
330mL 2002 ed courtesy of argo0. Obviously I don’t speak or read Japanese, but the characters on the label (if you were to translate them as Chinese) say English "Gujiu". Gujiu means nothing in Chinese but may be simply heavy beer in Japanese. Not sure. Anyways, pours a hazy, deep brune with a nicely lasting tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, candy corn, baked apples, light licorice, slight apple oxidation. Taste is spicy alcohol, chalky malt, bright/red fruits, resinous hops, light soy, nice balancing bitterness. Right on the money for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Massive malt nose, tons of caramel and toffee, a shit-ton of dark fruit and slight oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lots of caramel, lots of toffee, lots of raisins, etc., etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks! Nice amber color. Aroma of caramel. Taste is also caramel. Not bad. Straightforward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle at CL release party 09 (flaming Fury release?). I think bottle shared by spacecoyote. Thanks! Pours a hazy deep woody amber tight carbonation and a nice lasting head. Aroma is very fruity, big alcohol (seems much higher than 8.5%), lots of big sherry and fruity soy oxidation, sweet caramel malts and some earth. Flavor is very sweet sugar dates, soy oxidation, light saltiness, almost meaty - umami, savory-slight hop resin lingers in the end, and slight solvent and alcohol on the lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8464) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2009
12 ounce bottle, 2002 vintage drank in 2009 thanks big time to bu11zeye. Pours a dark copper color with a tiny bubble of head struggling through. The aroma explodes with sweet caramel and malty goodness, a strong sherry-like note, light oxidation. A sweet dry flavor, a light oily mouthfeel, caramel, sweet candies and sherry. A bit of oxidation and very dry. A real joy to get to taste. Old and musty, which I enjoy from time to time.

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