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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry, and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation, and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Apricots, cherries and caramel sweetness converge onto coniferous hops in this polished Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the shiny copper.
-The nose is rather understated for the style.
-Brown rum notes work well with the absinth-like hop resins.
-This is not quite Old Horizontal in complexity, but it’s as classy, lean and pleasurable.
-The soft prickling of carbonation helps drinkability.
-This is not one of those intense, overly bitter and sweet Barley Wines.

On tap at Beveridge Place Pub.

robforbes (2283) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2016
2016 Christmas ale. Pours a hazy mahogany with no head and no lacing. Smell is of apple, cherry, a little caramel, and malt. Taste is oily, fruit, some spice, some toffee, and malt. Ends thick and somewhat flat.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2016
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, and apple. It pours a transparent dark amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and toffee. There is some light fruit in the middle. The finish has light apple and some mild earthy hops. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, it’s good...but a tad sweet for my preferences.

zentaoist42 (12) - Hayward, California, USA - FEB 25, 2016
The bottle I had was cellar aged for over a year, mellowing out the hope bitterness to let the malt really come through. Lots of fruit flavor in this beer, especially that of cherries and apricots, apples to a lesser extent. The beer pours a deep, rich copper, almost ruby red with an ephemeral, lacey white head that clings to the side of the glass. The aromas o fruit tell no lie, as they are up front in the taste, but slowly yield to the caramel malts and a hint of chocolate. A month finish makes this barley wine style beer one of the best dessert beers.

monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2016
A decent beer, but a bit one note. Pours a very nice ruby red with little head. Smells of cherry and cider. Taste is similar, like smooth cherry cider, with white wine, some Jolly Rancher, vanilla and a sweet finish. Would be good with seafood. Had in the bottle.

WABeerFiend (426) - - NOV 23, 2015
11.2015 edition. Poured from a bomber on 11.22.15. A: Pear, cherries, raisins, anise, caramel, brown sugar, and banana. Wow. Super complex. A: 1/2 finger off-white head that fades to a small ring. Clear dark red body. T: Follows the nose. P: Oily. Slightly astringent on the finish. Light in the mouth. O: The alcohol just isn’t there. This is better than the barrel aged barleywines that I’ve tried.

Capa (3716) - DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Clear red with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with loads of fruit, especially cherry up front. The flavor is candy sweet fruit, like a Ring-Pop. The booze is hot in the middle and the sweet fruit mellows it out again on the finish. The spice slowly ramps up during the glass. Pretty good brew but a little too sweet.

nealblind (2035) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2015
red gold pour. some tan head. Aroma caramel slight playdough breadiness. fruity cherries, alcohol foreground. pretty clean on the light side for 8.5 some yeasty cream.

hotstuff (5289) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Rated on 02-13-2015 (Bottle) The appearance is a small creamy smooth beige head that mostly diminishes, hazy amber body, very fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is fruity, cherries, sweet, malt, spicy, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet, bready malt, dark fruit, candy sugar, and light toffee. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is light-medium bodied. A most quaffable beer with a good flavor and worth trying.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized dark tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light red brown colored body and a very good lacing. The nice aroma was candy spicy floral and bready. The sharp accents of a smooth mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a bitter caramel hop aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of mildly acidic roasted malt cloves mild citrus toffee vinous spices floral caramel breads and hops. A wonderful best in class brew.

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear reddish dark amber color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose has a lot of caramel and bread to it. Taste is quite sweet and weirdly fruity, almost bordering on fruitcake. Weird beer...

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