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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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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4.4
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Thick mouthfeel, notes of alcohol and dark caramel, hops come in a little too quickly and strong but don’t subtract from the wonder.

3.9
Thisis12ptfont (1172) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Raisins, brown sugar and caramel on the nose. Deep crimson brown in color with a thin foam. Strong hop flavor with notes of dates, sherry, oak, bread crust and herbs. Alcohol is slightly masked yet, noticeable on this finish. Undertones of yeast, nuts and caramel. Overall, very unique and well done barley wine. I’d give this an A rating.

3.4
Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of honey, dried mango, gum, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Good stuff for the style...clean nose with a healthy dose of fruitiness that helps to distract one from the crude resinous hops. Quite sweet, as one would expect, but there’s plenty of finishing bitterness so it’s actually reasonably well-balanced for this type of brew. Kind of a sloppy mouthfeel (syrupy and hot), but all in all a fairly solid rendition.

3.6
Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
On tap at Backcountry Pizza poured a clear rddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, dark fruit and ligt earhiness. Palate was medim bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light earthiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

3.6
marcus (10137) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Pours reddish copper with a tiny beige head and a plum and toffee aroma. There is a hearty fruit and molasses flavor with a dry finish.

3.9
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a deep maroon with off white head. Nose and taste are still dominated be the American style hops. A nice malty sweetness supports the hops nicely. Very well balanced, the singularity in the hop keeps it from being exceptional.

3.8
Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2012
My first barley wine experience. A great half and half of dry, sweet red wine and hoppy bitterness. Big, warming flavor thanks to over 10% ABV.

3.7
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle, I got this as part of a trade back in April 2011. Held onto it for a bit to let it mature. It was good, poured a nice cloudy brown. Very sweet, brown sugar, candy flavors. Smooth, easy to drink, not too boozy, though I’m feeling it after the fact.

3.7
Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Moderately dark color, clear. Some hop notes to the aroma but the overwhelmingly character is malty, with bread and caramel. It builds in sweetness to the finish; appropriate for a barley wine, though those looking for a DIPA on steroids wouldn’t care for it as much. Decent. (bottle at the Ale Jail backyard beer festival, 2012)

3.9
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a moderate head to it. Very alcohol laden aroma, like a stronger mixed drink. Tastes like it is barrel-aged. Really interesting brew.


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