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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our strongest ale annually. Pale, Munich, Pilsner, and Vienna malted barleys give required maltiness. Ages well with dramatic flavor evolution. Will be periodically tapped throughout the years.

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3.3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
Draught 05’ vintage @ Brouwer’s Café during Hard Liver 2006: Dirty caramel, moderate to large foamy head, very nice lacing.   Nose of alcohol, slight hop, otherwise fairly non-descript.   Fairly heavy citrus rind on the tongue, low malt profile, with alcohol not being as strong as suggested by the nose.   Does trailer off with a bit of alcohol heat tho.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Finish is fairly hot... alcohol seems to have become too apparent at this stage.   Simmer down naw!


3.7
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2006
2005 vintage at the HardLiver BW fest. A decent sized tan head sits atop of this medium amber colored Barlewine. Fairly clear, medium bodied. Alcohol is restrained and malt seems to dominate the flavor/aroma. Some bits of floral hop in the nose. Fairly tasty.

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harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
2005 Vintage - Hazy amber appearance, with a fluffy creamy head. Served slightly too cold to pick up major aromatic notes. Sweet bready cereal malts. A definite malty presence and barely detectable hop presence. Candi sugar, cotton candy sweetness, and a very sweet hoppy aftertaste that lingers very long on the palate.

3.6
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2005
Fairly sraight-forward barley wine (the sticky/sweet/alchohol variety). Big chewy body yields sticky molasses, definitive woodiness, and the light burn of alchohol. Very flat beer - as is typical of the style. There is a toasted malt underlying everything here, giving the flavor a more defined shape.

3.8
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
Hard Liver 2005
2004 vintage
Weird metallic and burnt hops in the nose, some burnt grains as well, but covered by a light cherry and fruit presence. Nicely balanced, very drinkable, with a sweet and light hop flavor. No off-flavors. Nothing killer, just plain drinkable even if it doesn’t set any records.


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