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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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3.9
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a small bubbly tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of raisins, vanilla, caramel, sweet maltiness, citrus and cherry. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel and an overall sweet maltiness. Tingly carbonation that was a bit too much at first.

3.1
tiggmtl (4543) - 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 (4319) - 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 (4245) - 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 (4022) - 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 (3714) - 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 (3685) - 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.

3.9
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Bottle: Good nose Whisky/bourbon Citrus- orange or other similar fruit. Nice foggy brownish orange color. Little carbonation, a change for these guys, small head faded quickly. Taste reminds me of whisky sour with a bitter hops touch. Finishes with a mello but whisky/bourbon taste. Not that it's thin,but it not as rich as some BW. I like it alot. When talking to Andy of Cisco(Ithink that was his name) he said Jim Beam casks were used. Definately different than previous years. Interesting to see what this will mature like.

3
beerbill (3619) - 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.


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