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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A barley wine style ale brewed to 15% alc with hints of raisin, chocolate, carmel, sherry, cherry, and alcohol, just to name a few and this beer will only get better with age. Not Available for 2006 release

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
This roaming, free raspberry candy spirit, a fat specter with a sceptre of chocolate, looms through the thick hoppy fog...His ghoulish sweet whispers of decadence resound louder and louder, as grapefruity virtuosi of the affable kind lick the inner mind and the upper palate...I need to close my eyes to appreciate this...Chewy alcohol creates profound seismic vibrations in the palate...I love to be haunted by the thought of a great barley wine...Thanks radiomgb!...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9426) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of dark fruit, hints of oak, red fruits, slight grass, hints of bitter notes, hints of molasses. Taste is a mix of red fruits, hints of sherry, caramel, chocolate, more raisin, hints of toffee, lots of burnt caramel. Finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
12oz bottle, vintage unknown
Dark burgundy colored body, murky, with a slightly dark and dusty tan colored head – fine bubbled. Rich, inviting nose of rip plums and oak wood, some old, slightly oxidized caramel malt, some black cherries and cedar wood, with little bit of honey and orange as well. Rich, smooth and frothy palate, with rich dark plum, French oak, and some spicy dark plum and date yeast notes. Overall a really nice old ale, one of the more flavorful ones I’ve had, though the little amount of oxidation keeps this just below amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
From the Bottle at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008 Fruity aroma. Bronze mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol with a crisp bitter and slightly dry full malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle shared by Eric. Pours a murky dark brown with a small head. The aroma is full and nice; a smooth sweetness and a bunch of fruit. The taste is also full of fruit and some sweet candy. There is a really strong alcohol aspect, almost overpowering. It burns like a much stronger alcohol and dominates the taste. Overall, quite good and very strong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8458) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Waxed bottle to sniffer (2008 vintage; shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a cloudy brown with light beige lacing. Smells solid; sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of butter. Tastes like it smells, sans the butter, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel (especially for 15%!). Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8378) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2008
2004 vintage courtesy of footbalm. Bomber pours clear copper with thin head. The aroma is rich creamy and yummy. I get creamy candy caramel, some dark fruity esters, some alcohol and a bit of vanilla. Amazing and interesting. The taste is the same as the aroma with chewy sticky maltiness, a bit of pine flavor non hop bitterness, caramel goodness and a nice warming sensation. This brew has aged greacefully. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8226) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
the dark horse rides again, abit skew after this big brew .. caramel and sweetness .. pours a dark golden copper ... some heat, low for this octane .. very tasty, shit, would age well...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Wax capped bottle thanks to WeeHeavySD, thanks Jon! Pours with a smallish, creamy off-white head that stays for a while and leaves some lace. Murky red body. Some alcohol legs above the lace. Aroma is classic malty barley wine with notes of plum, fig, brandy, toffee, spicy hops, and marzipan. This would be a great candidate for barrel aging. Taste is sweet with rotten fruits, toffee, a few banana esters, chocolate, dirt, cognac, and berries. Warming, but well hidden for the ABV. Light bubbles and very syrupy. Very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7900) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sampled at Clockworks 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle pours a deep brow body with thin lacing. Aroma is brownie, booze, caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium with light booze, bourbon, caramel, molasses and chocolate.


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