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RATINGS: 1620   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This came in a 22oz Bomber with an interesting picture of pigs flying on the label. This one pours a clean amber orange color with great frothy white head. The aroma is excellent the hops are there and the barley wine sweet maltiness is present. A bit of pine and fruit also come through, very nice. This one starts of tasting of sweet malt and a bit fruity. The hops then kick in with some bitterness and the slight taste of alcohol on the finish. A very tasty and balanced barleywine with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Highly drinkable for a barley wine, I could down a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Redish amber color with an off white head. Malts, rasins and caramel dominate the aroma with a background of hops. Light sweetness initially, followed up by a big hoppy bitterness, and a light spice. Some fruit and caramel sweetness surfaces near the end. Finishes off with a piney hop bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 I bought it for the label but I stayed for the taste. Sweet and simple, this will satisfy serious beer drinkers. Not for the weak palate. Nice balance of sweet raisin and sour malted alcohol, with just a touch of autumn syrup and brown sugar in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 19, 2004
Nice clear amber brown with minimal head. Malty nose with sweet hop aromas. Med weight with drying biter finish. Black tea flavors and lightly sweet with candy like malt on the mid palate and piney/citric hops on the finish. A lot of flavor in this one specially the secondary flavors of sweet candy that develop after you swallow. Nice brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Pours a coppery orange amber with a thin layer of creamy foam.Nose is big caramel,sweet and luscious.Flavor is a little raw yet,sweet and something else,must be a wild citrus hops thing going on.Nice malty finish,sweet but bitter also.Very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2004
bottle. nice amber color w more reddish hues... the aroma knocks you socks off filled with fresh gassy hoppy notes... but once it hits your tongue the flavor is much more sweet, malty and alcohol noted...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Strong balanced hops and malts in the nose with a fair alcoholic tang. Burnished copper coloured body with thin white head that lasts nicely. Citrus and pine hop flavours with assertive bitterness but decent underlying maltiness. Fine bubbled carbonation engages the tongue as the silky smooth body flows across the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Thanks, Dorwart!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Rich copper, creamy off white head. Very sweet cotton candy & hop nose. Flavor is quite alcoholic. A bit too hoppy for the level of malt. Prominence of alcohol really detracts from the flavor. Ok, but I wouldnt get it again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Ruby/brown color with a small white head. Beautiful lacing all the way through. Sweet malt/hop aroma with a touch of caramel thrown in. Flavor was not as sweet as expected. Malt and caramel on first sip, then finishing dry and hoppy. Very good now, I expect it to be extremely good in a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
10.31.04 Bomber. Caramel brown pour with little head. This was not an aged bottle which was evident right away. Hot, hot, hot. Alcohol and hops burned the nose hairs out of me and made my eyes water. Unlike other Avery beers Ive tried, this seemed appropriate for once. Palate was thick as honey and lip smackingly citrus hopped. Burned the gums and throat. Some wood and chocolate in the malty flavors, but mostly, oddly, bland -- or the flavors are hidden behind syrupy sweetness and burning alcohol and hops. This must age well.

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