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RATINGS: 1614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty is a hop lovers delight. The intense dry-hop nose and the alcohol content are perfectly balanced for a caramel candy-like malt finish. This is a serious beer for serious beer afficionados and it only gets better with age. Cellarable for 3 years.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2005
For a young barleywine this thing is amazing, very balanced and smooth. Out of the bottle this pours a dark red/mahogany with a tall off-white head. Lots of caramel and sweet toasty malts and candy sugar balanced out with a big citrus hop finish. Very smooth and well rounded for a fresh barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Pours an enormous rocky foam head, dark copper brown color. Aroma permeates through the entire room, hop vines sprouting forth from the bottle yielding brown sugar coated fermenting grapefruits. With each sip more and more pine tar hop extract coats the tongue, completmented by brown bread and heavy candy sugar. Bitter and sweet; a tough beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1677) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bright copper appearance with a small white head. Had this side by side with 4 other barleywines at a recent beer tasting and it was the hoppiest of the lot, both in the nose and in the finish. Malts were a little more evident in the front and sides of the mouth. ABV was not out of bounds for the style and helped round out the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours copper-red with a moderate amount of light tan head. A huge amount of hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit/citrus, with some flowery, piney hints. Little bit of sweet maltiness. Palate is full and soft, with a nice clingy bitterness. Very nice assertive hoppiness, with sweet maltiness creeping in at the end of a sip. This is a wonderful beer, but calling it a barleywine seems like a pretty big stretch to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured a nice amber red color, medium and very sticky tan head that left tons of lace. Piney and grapefruity aroma, some apricot, surprisingly enough sweet malt to backup the vast amounts of hops used. Tasty, fairly well balanced all things considered, bitter finish. Medium to full body, enough sweetness to cover up the alcohol pretty well. Thanks rudolf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Redish color with good head and lacing. Smelled of malts and something else I couldnt pick out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a coppery color. Aroma of butterscotch and strong hops. Flavor of strong. bitter, resinous hops with mild caramel and a strong bitter finish. Medium body, liquorous texture. This feels more like an Imperial IPA than a barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
22oz - Aroma of a hops and malt with a bit of alcohol. Brownish red with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Head disapprears quickly. This is a very hoppy barleywine and could almost be an imperial IPA. Smooth but the alcohol taste in unnecessary as other companies have proven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Pours a beautiful red color with nice lacing. The aroma is very promising with malts, fruits, caramel, wine and brandy. The taste is good, but too bitter for my taste. Its nice but a little too intense in terms of the alcohol. The alcohol is not that high that is why this should not be the case. It tastes more like a hard liquor drink then a beer. Perhaps as it ages it could become less that way. A good Barley Wine, but not a great one in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Good Barley Wine, nice flavor and aroma, the only thing against it that I can think of is that it has a apperance like a pale ale, but thats a minor worthless gripe that really has no affect on the overall quality of the beer. A nice smooth barley wine thats very drinkable.

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