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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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3.6
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2008
Draft at Uber. Pours nearly opaque dark brown with slim gray rim. Nice lacy sheets on the way down. Very mild nose--a little bit of toffee, caramel, brown bread. Medium, creamy body. The toffee, caramel, and bread come back for the mid-palate and join bits of nut, dark toast, and tiny hints of dark pitted tree fruit. Mild nutty finish. So sweet that some time on its ass in the cellar would do it some good.

3.7
AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Copper color with a frothy head. Nice raisony sweet spicy malt aroma. Very smooth full body. Flavor mirrors aroma with aged Barleywine flavors of vinous sweet malts and apple pie spices with some earthy molasses. Has a light alcohol tang to finish. Nice. Draft @ Uber 5/26/2008

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
luttonm (6763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft at Uber Tavern in Seattle. 2010 version. Rich red-copper, good foam and some lacing. Rich alcohol, sticky dark fruit. Raspberry, red apple. Good depth. Soft resonant hops. Nice barleywine, glad I finally got to try this.

3.6
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Tap at uber. Dark red/auburn pour with a nice fluffy head. Lots of malt on the nose, caramel, brown sugar, and some earthy floral hops too. The flavor is a nice mix of sweetness with brown sugar, some dark fruits, and a good kick of bitter floral hops. Lots of lingering resins. A nice barley wine.

3.8
BillKismet (4138) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
August mahogany color and crisp head that thins toward the center. Modest bouquet of cherry and apricot. Flavor of apricot with a some dryness on the finish. Hops have mellowed out of the background, leaving a nice medley of malts on the palate. Enjoyable sweetness, but not cloying. Only a trace of bitterness, and it works best that way. Perhaps a touch of candied pineapple.

3.4
beastiefan2k (4112) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2016 2012 version on draft at BPP. Dark amber. The good kind of age for a barleywine. Light cardboard mixing with aged toffee malt. Good for the age but probably shouldn’t be aged any further.

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DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) Very aromatic nose of rich, sweet, caramely malts and background sherry that indicates possibly aging. Mimicking the aroma, the flavor is prototypical for a big, delicious barley wine: the malt is sweet and caramely in the foreground and is backed by a strong fruitiness and mild hop bitterness for a bit of balance in the finish. Full-bodied, gently carbonated and smooth on the palate, but not cloying. Dark amber to light brown in color and hazy. The tall, tan head holds a wide, bubbly ring and filmy layer. This is really excellent. If there weren’t a lot more beers to try at this festival, I’d go back for seconds!

4
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.

3.5
bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with an off-white ring of foam. Peach and pine aroma. Full body. Chewy taste of caramel and butterscotch. Dry pine and citrus finish.


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