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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barleywine is a style of ale known for its rich, sweet, chewy character. It has a very high original gravity, which means that the concentration of malt sugar in the wort is very dense as the beer is brewed. It is meant to be enjoyed with a friend (preferably on a cold night by a warm fire as the wind blows off the ocean outside...) and is particularly appropriate when served as a dessert libation. Enjoy!

Note: Formerly at 12%.

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3.1
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Vinegar, alcohol, sour pine in the nose. Not bad exactly bit not necessarily appealing. Slightly cloudy caramel coloured and opaque with thin head that recedes to ring. Cedar dominates a hot (alcoholic), complex malty flavour. Body and mouthfeel are surprisingly thin for a BW. There’s something here, but I don’t think it’s for me. Bottle (2001 vintage - at the post-TapNY tasting session). Thanks to Muzzlehatch for bringing this one.

3.6
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet fruity malt aroma with notes of vanilla and dark fruit. Possibly bourbon. Sweet dark fruit flavors. Oakey notes with mild vanilla. Fairly warming. Sweetness covers most of the alcohol.

3.6
Nuffield (4170) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle #1009. Hazy, apple cider, nutty color, with loose carbonation. The aroma struck me of potato chips, when you get the bottom of a bag of chips and there are just little, greasy bits left. The flavor has notes of caramel, vanilla, celery, and other curious notes. It doesn’t have the 12% apparent--moderate palate, low carbonation, moderate smoothness, very drinkable. Interesting beer.

3.5
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
22oz bottle 11/1/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-50° in Snifter-Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel, dried fruit, malt, and fruity. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol along with more sweetness. This full bodied brew is not bad but a bit weaker than other BW’s I have had.

3.5
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear caramel body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and hop aroma. Sweet sugar, caramel, rum soaked fruit and molasses flavor with a smooth bitter finish. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

2.2
DYCSoccer17 (3695) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2003 Vintage which was purchased at Mountainview Wines in Naugatuck, CT in 2004. Aroma is acetaldehyde. Apple cider aroma primarily. Some sweet caramel notes. too. Transparent orange amber copper body with a large, large off-white head. Kind of non-descriptt. A bit roasty and chewy to start. Some anise flavor is also in there. Not a ton of ethanol present. Some light fruity estery yeast is also in there. Seems slightly infected. Certainly, the first pour from my brother’s glass was much more acetic. My glass was much better, though. Still, this is nothing overly enjoyable. It seems as though the top of the bottle is much more infected and acetic. Interesting.

3.5
SpringsLicker (3636) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Noogfest Hazy deep amber that carries a rich malt and hop aroma. Good fruity flavor. I thought this one was a bit thin bodied but otherwise a decent barleywine.

3
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt along with some citrus. The flavor is caramel and sweet malt followed by some apple and a mild metallic flavor. The body is lacking and does not even closely have that rich, chewy mouthfeel I associate with the better barley wines. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Disappointing.

3.1
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle; couldn’t find a vintage, but it has a white label with a woman on it; 9% alcohol. Poured a rich and muddy reddish brown; head was thin, off white and late forming. Aroma of caramel, figs, sugar, apple, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor initially was pretty boring and not overly good. Didn’t really get much better. Wouldn’t have liked more sweetness; others said it was, but I really got nothing. Palate was a little on the thin side. Pretty woody in the flavor some fruit. Below average example of one of my favorite styles. A more traditional example of the style, but it just didn’t do much for me.

2.5
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours a murky amber color with a very thin head. Strange aroma of cheese, pickles and fruits. Unpleasant flavor of olives and fruits, the finish is horrible. I can’t believe a barley wine can be as bad as this...


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