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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV

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3.9
raphael (1267) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2015
release 45 @ 8.6% from Beermongers. First taste is “double IPA” then the malt comes on—dank, with a sharp piercing bitterness, leather, alcohol, toffee. Aromatically lime, caramel, leather and mint. tan head, darkish amber clear body. Balanced, active, warming finish.

4.1
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Hazy, reddish brown with a small khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of toast, caramel, dried fruit and pine. Taste of herbal spices, toffee, toasted malt, plums, currants, graham crackers, dried fruit and pine. Complex and interesting. Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization. With the flavor and aroma of an aged barleywine without the high alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Brow cool with red tint. Caramel aroma and some floral notes. Taste like a brown ale with some booze warmth. Caramel finish.

3.8
peponi (1894) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, dried red fruits, herbs and pine. Appearance: hazy copper color, nice creamy head. Taste: high bitterness (herbs and pine), roasted malts and caramel, warming alcohol, melanoidins, semi-dry. Palate:full boody and medium carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Interesting IRA, drinkable and full of taste.

2.6
Crit (4024) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
Batch #40 Murky brown,light tan head.Fruity malt nose.Watery malt start,fruity tones, with a medium hop finish.Unbalanced & one dimensional. A poor effort

3.3
Westchesterco (2058) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2015
At the wyoming beer fest it is a muddy tea color with a slight head the aroma is caramel with s hint of flowers the taste is a very bitter flavor that masks other flavors to me

3.7
Fin (10609) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle from BOE, consumed at Moncada with Ang and James, Friday 22nd May 2015 Reddy brown on the pour, I was a little carefree on the pour so mine took in quite a bit of sediment whereas Loz, James and Ang had much less cloudy beers. Soft in the mouth, big, sweet malty beer but hops very prevalent on the nose. Bitter at the edges a really pleasant beer, thoroughly enjoyed this. A7 A3 T8 P4 Ov15 3.7

3.4
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. Release #20. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a good bit of irregular lacing is left. 3.75 S: This smells much more like a barleywine than an amber ale. I suppose an imperial red ale might be a barleywine anyway. Chock full of caramel, toffee, and myriad fruits. Currants, plums, and grape lead the way. Toasty with a rich neutral maltiness. Reasonably hoppy too with floral and citrus notes. 3.5 T: Tastes like a barleywine too. Again lots of caramel, toffee, and the fruits mentioned. Moderate bitterness, toastiness, and thick maltiness. Floral and citrus hop flavor. 3.75 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Good here. 3.5 D: It’s amazing how barleywine this beer is at just 8.7%. I would have guessed it to be much bigger. It’s a good beer too. GIve it a try, but don’t expect a red ale.

3.6
ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
March madness 2015. Very nice aroma balanced between malt and hops. Nice buttery texture in the mouth. The beer has a very nice complex taste. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, the only thing preventing this from being a phenomenal beer.

3.8
bigben873 (258) - Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
March Madness 2015 - Cloud medium brown color (not the best looking beer), but a smooth malty flavor, similar to a weaker barley wine ale.


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