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RATINGS: 326   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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3.4
Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
Very aromatic, hops and malt. More alcohol than its needed is mixed with rich malty body . Very full and big . Only at the end shows its better qualities, like nice roasted malt that is overpowered with alcohol.

3.4
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Tap at darkhorse... upon talking to the locals who have had this beer for years they said it was too bitter, here is my thought... beautiful dark charcoal color, nice head, sweet malts with hints of toffee and maybe a slight malt place on the palate, maybe a bit biter but very enjoyable. highly recomended.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks Pailhead) Small off-white head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, raisin, syrup/molasses, light banana. Taste is very sweet, caramel, raisin, grapefruit, light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium-full body, but a bit thin for the big sweet flavors.

3.4
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2006
bottle - Pours dark reddish brown with about a finger’s width head that lasted for a few minutes and left some lacing. The aroma is a pleasant mix of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol and it has a flavor to match. However, the reason I wasn’t quite as impressed with this brew as most reviewers is the harsh alcohol presence. While the warming effect is nice, it’s too harsh on the palate. Pretty good, but maybe it needs to age.

3.4
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
Thanks to Syles fot the bottle- Deep brown pour with thin ring oe beige head. Lots of chocolate and boozey aromas with some fruitiness. Milk chocolate flavours with oranges, lots of booze, and hot caramel malts. Strong finish, cloying at times. Decent, and would like to get another one to age.

3.4
rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Cloudy grey/amber beer with no head. Malty fruity aroma, nutty notes, figs, raisins, leather notes. Malty leather flavor, toffee, spicy notes, horse blanket, figs, some plums, nutty notes.

3.3
tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2006
12 ounce bottle poured into snifter. Ruby red with a short lived tan head. Aromas of toffee, cherry, all very blunt. Very very alcoholic. Very sweet finish. Long alcohol burn. Rich full body. You really need to let this one get some age on it.

3.3
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Cloudy brownish orange, no head. Very nice aroma - caramel, toffee, maple, peppery, perhaps some hints of fresh bread, too. Surprisingly thin bodies - raisin, rum, molassess, some honeyn then a resiny, piney finish. More alcohol in the finish, too. Thanks to Silphium for the trade!

3.3
lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle thanks to hopdog. Dark amber body. Aroma and flavor were very sweet of brown sugar and dark dried fruits. Perhaps it needs to age but it seemed way too hot for me. Finish had a very whiskey-like feel to it... way too harsh. It could have potential if it hid the alcohol better.

3.3
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
6-18-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to masonjer and d0b
Hefty amber brown thick pour with a thin creamy beige head. Smellis nice light malt. Flavor is hot and thick almost syrupy alcohol. Medium body and syrupy finish.


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