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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.9
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle #501/2007. Poured an almost clear reddish-brown color with a small creamy off-white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with some notes of caramel, citrus, chocolate and red licorice. Moderately sweet malty flavor with some light hops from the middle to finish. Some fig notes. Medium to full body with a smooth silky feel to it. Nice warmth with no real alcohol aroma or taste.

4
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.

4.1
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2008
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very small head. Cloudy inside the dark color. No lace to speak of. Very thick pour. Aroma is all caramel and malt, with a pleasant, slightly crisp character. Flavor follows through with the caramel from the aroma but with a nice balancing hop bite. Finish is sweet, but not cloying, leaving a very pleasant caramel note to play off the notable alcohol presence.

3
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 03/22/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark ruby red, wispy tan head,
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma with a light sweet fruity character,
Flavor: dark caramel flavor with a sticky sweetness, lots of earthy character keeps it somewhat dry, light fruity character, lasting earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

4.1
Coastie (14) - Carrollton, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a deep copper color with a small, beige head. Great aroma. Slight alcohol taste but not overwhelming at all. Great barleywine.

4.1
Shag (2982) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor is somewhat sweet with some dark fruits like raisins present. There is also a citrus presence with this one. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Overall a very nice barleywine.

3.6
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle 481. Appearance: Pours a dark garnet-hued body with a small, beige head. Smell: Aroma of dark caramel, citrus, and candied raisins with some of that 11% abv being evident. Taste: Toasted caramel maltiness with a strong hit of sweetness. Some of those dried fruits and citrus fruits from the aroma make an appearance, but they are eclipsed by the sweetness and alcohol. A moderate hop bitterness does what it can to buck the firm malt backbone. Warming, bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Alright for a slow sipper, but I’d recommend holding onto it longer if you have a bottle.

4
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Thanks to butters for bringing me this one. I was planning on holding it for a while, but with Williamsburg’s recent run-ins with infections, I figured I better go for it before things start to go downhill. Hopefully those issues have been taken care of, but now at least I don’t have to worry. Pours a deep amber with a significant reddish hue, slight head fades slowly, and ultimately totally. Aroma is rich caramel malt with some citric hops in the background. Flavor is a match. Alcohol warms, but doesn’t leap out. Good bitterness on the finish to balance out the big malt load. Enjoyable.

3
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, roasty, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, nutty, toasty, caramel, and a bitter citrus finish.

3.1
BCMike22 (92) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured into glass snifter. Light golden brown color, fairly opaque. Sharp nose with some alcohol present. Spicy, lots of flavors going on. Tart aftertaste.


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