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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The first sip of this brilliant, red-brown beer reveals a robust mouth feel and complex flavors including raisin, dark bread, some sherry flavors sure to increase with age, resin hops, a touch of old barrel. With the finish comes the aroma and flavor of Columbus hops in your mouth, being followed by the alcohol warmth that can be felt down your throat.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2561) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Release #3. Good sized cream colored head of fine bubbles that settle very slowly and hangs around for quite a while. Bit of a weak aroma for a barleywine. Some vanilla, light malts, some piney hops and some leather. Color is a cloudy dark brown. Flavor is not entirely what I expected either. Medium bodied with a big piney hops presence in the flavor, along with strong roasted grains, tea leaves, and some menthol like spices. Nice alcohol presence and warming. Finishes a little bitter and chalky. Not as good as I would have expected but still a decent ride.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Picked up while in Durham, 3/2012. A nice surprise, I hadnt had a good showing from an American-style barleywine for a bit and this reminded me why I like them. Poured a clear copper color with a thin white head. Very nice rich aroma of earthy hops with a mild sting of alcohol. The taste was robust, with a healthy hop dose over a clean malt backbone. Sturdy and rich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
On tap. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aromas show large amounts of caramelization, caramel malt as well, bready, raisin, fig, mild floral, jammy, brandy, estery, mild fusel alcohol. Flavors are fruity, jammy, dry, faded hops, very bitter with a lot of alcohol. Medium esters, resin. A bit of an earthy/woody finish. Big, warming with a creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Pours a reddish-brown with a big fluffy beige head. The nose is malty and boozy with pine and citrus. The taste starts with raisin, pumpernickel and some sherry notes. Resiny hops come next revealing a touch whiskey. The finish is sharp with alcohol and bitterness lingering on the tongue. Definitely an American-style BarleyWine due to its punchy hoppiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2985) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Ruby/mahogany colored pour. Healthy, khaki head. Lacing follows the slow falling creamy head. Big, big hoppy nose. Follow that up with some malt, caramel and vanilla. Some hints of raisin. Taste is similar to wort and tea with hops, hops, and hops. A little thin for a BW. But nicely hops and closer to a English Barley Wine, minus the huge hopping. I could drink another one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Nice dark brown pour, beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, some brown sugar, light raisin notes and some resin. Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and hoppy. Good resin balance with sweet toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Release #1. Aroma: big, rich caramel note, toffee, lots of hoppy pine and citrus, notes of sherry, dark fruits. Pours amber/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam. Massive malt profile - caramel, toffee, molasses, toasty grains, fairly sweet. Malt is balanced by a hefty dose of hops, which are still providing lots of aromatics and flavor even though this is probably beyond a year old. Grapefruit and pine, firm bitterness. Nice warming alcohol, bordering on a bit boozy, also slightly spicy. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Bomber, Release #2, thanks to Connie! Poured a lovely shade of fiery orange with a couple fingers worth of beige head.. this looked really nice. The aroma picked up warm, darker fruits, toasty oak, and sweet molasses undertones.. dank earthy and fruity hops around.. a little too aggressive with sherry notes on the back-end, but solid overall. The flavor found sweet caramel, molasses, and whiskey-y notes at the core.. lots of fruity, greener hoppage around as well and peppery alcohol.. finished oily and spicy, and it sure warmed up the belly. Heavier-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. syrupy and oily at times as mentioned.. just an OK feel and flow.. overall some tasty stuff that was a tad raw.. maybe a cellar candidate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3575) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Release #1. Pours dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine. Dark fruits and sweet caramel flavors with some pine hops. Medium to full body with soft carbonating and a syrupy mouthfeel. Nice. Thanks Craig.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Pour is a deep shade of mahogany with a light khaki head. Nose is of some dark fruits and some brown sugar. Taste is nearly bready with a little bit of a sweet finish. Smooth on the tongue, but nothing too impressive.


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