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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We mashed up traditional English-style barley wine-style and old ale winter warmer-style ales with citrusy American hops like Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo and, fittingly, Glacier, to create a Floridian Winter Ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
750 ml bottle
I cant remember who sent me this but I believe it was a 2011 bottle. If so it has held up exceptionally well. Straddling that line between old ale, barleywine, and American strong ale it packs a whallop that can sneak up on you.

Aroma / Appearance - A dense rusty brownish / black base pours heavily. Idle legs crawl down the sides. Black coffee, anise and malts shine but the main star is the smell of frozen chocolate pudding popsicles. All of it hangs in the air like a dense fog of alcoholic goodness.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, and ripe plums warm the tongue. Figs and dark fruits carry the wave of flavors towards an eager palate. This isnt as heavy and cloying as I thought it might be. Just thinking about it makes me wish I had a glass in front of me right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BytesAndBrews (66) - - JAN 29, 2017
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of molasses and raisins. Caramel flavors, with dark fruit and good bourbon barrel flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6320) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2016
750 ml. bottle. Pours a dark golden red with a nice tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and malt. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, malt, spice, and alcohol. Very nice warming Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clarkdvm (505) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2016
22oz bottle. Strong plum, molasses aroma and flavor. Can feel the alcohol. Nice combo of a quad with winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17291) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2016
Tap at CCB, Tampa. Abv 12%. Copper color, small steady off-white head, lace. Aroma has dark sugar, malts and molasses. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Very malty, dark fruity, plum, raisin, molasses and caramalt. Notes of fresh wood too. A bit too raw brew for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricUhle (4) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
Bottle pour, 2013/2014 cellar- hopped barley wine with dark fruit backbone. Aroma still present however naturally must have mellowed with age. Dark brown colour with a touch of ethanol from alcohol however 10% abv masked quite nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1848) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Advertised at 12% at the brewery. Spicy brown with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. A big beer to say the least. No head but good flavor makes up for the appearance. Best one so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle from 2014. Pours a muddy deep brown with small head that lasted about 20 seconds. Aroma is fruity with plums, peaches, prunes, and currants with some slight booze and barrel. The taste is similar with the aromatic fruits, thick barleywine style ale, and some booze on the finish. Well balanced though. Medium to full body, moderate carb. Slightly sweet. Really a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2874) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2016
Tap at cigar city, tampa. Dark reddish brown color, tanned head. Aroma has malts, caramel, plums, some bourbon. Sweet body, plums, oak, raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RLiddell (129) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Current bomber purchased at CCB. Pour is dark cola color with very little head, which disappears quickly. Not a distinct nose, but one that is rather sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. Taste is very sweet and sticky, in a b good way. The high ABV is well hidden. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2533) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2015
October 23, 2015 - taster glass sample at Darkness Eve. Bottle shared by me. Lots of head and much sweeter than I expected.

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