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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available in December Winter Warlock was made in the tradition of some of England’s great barley-wine ales. Our beer is made with delicious base malt and sugar. We boiled for over two hours to caramelize some of the sugars. The final product is as smooth as freshly resurfaced ice with a subtle hop character. This beer pairs nicely with calamari, ham and quail. Enjoy this beer with someone special on a cold winter’s night. Get cozy by a roaring fire, and take time to reflect on how each beer is as unique as a snowflake.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Aroma is flat, unappealing. Some spiciness, but pretty dull maltiness. Taste is a peppery, a little bit grainy biscuit. Not much else to this beer. Hops are surprisingly evident given the IBUs, but not overwhelmingly so, like in something like bigfoot. Just prominent English hopping, and a biscuity malt. I wish I could say this is better, considering it probably has a lot of aspects they were shooting for, but eh.


3.5
gopherfan99 (1820) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Tap; pours amber with a white head; aroma of honey, caramel, malt, and hints of citrus; taste is light sweet with caramel, honey, and malt; finish is dry with some alcohol warming

3.3
Nsanders (1142) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Tap at brewery. Golden color a thin white ring and spotty lacing. Toffee, barley, oatmeal and a slight floral note. Taste has a light dry sweetness. Medium body with smooth feel.

3.8
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden with white head. Nose is like an Octoberfest. Taste is caramel. Okay.

2.3
Atom (2441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2015
750mL pours a clear golden/orange with a large off-white head. Smells like a macro lager really, watery malt aroma, grassy hops. Taste of stale sugary sweet malt and stinging rotten bitter hops, with a metallic alcohol aftertase. This is really bad, taste like a malt liqour.

3.9
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2014
(bottle; unsure of age) Not really sure why I picked this bottle up aside from it was relatively inexpensive and I had tried this beer before a few years ago and remember not being all that impressed. Pours a gold instead of the standard dark amber for the style with a medium white head that retains really well and leaves some lacing. Looks nice enough. Aroma of strawberry jam right off the bat and it’s accompanied by a toasty undercurrent which fast tracks this into breakfast territory real quick. Further scents of cherry hard candy and orange marmalade (#morebreakfast). Alcohol peeks through here and threatens to disrupt the first meal of the day harmony, but it recedes once the jamminess makes a secondary advance and routs the alc from my olfactories. Really surprised here. Getting a faint hint of carrot in here as well. Flavor holds some cotton candy, candied orange, perhaps a faint zing of ginger, marshmallows, maraschino cherry, and ambrosia salad on the finish. Very faint hint of peppery alc and some lingering toastiness on the finish. My only complaint is that it does get a bit cloying as the faint bitterness and peppery alc snap come in too late to stave off the cloy monster. Mouthfeel is superb for a barleywine. Perfectly thick and slightly chewy with just enough carb. I’m really surprised by the mouthfeel as Flat Earth in its early years was notorious for incredibly fizzy carb bombs. I don’t know what the hell happened here, but either this beer ages really well, or there have been some massive overhauls at Flat Earth, because this barleywine is really solid and the last couple times I’ve had the Bermuda Triangle Tripel from them it’s been absolutely stellar; either way, keep on keepin’ on Flat Earth if you continue to make beers of this quality.

2.9
gmellison (427) - Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
bottle at home thanks to adnielsen. aroma is a little hoppy, with some caramely, orangy sweetness. thick and syrupy, with citrus and caramel. kind of papery finish. ok

2.9
cubs (10634) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle via rotbox agreed 2-3 years, courtesy of bnielsen13. Pours a clear dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Pizza crust, cracker, oxidized, a bit citrusy, bready aroma. Chewy papery, bready, vanilla, caramel, old flavor. Probably aged a bit too long though the beer doesn’t show anything too interesting.

4.3
BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 28, 2013
Dark Mildly hazy orange color with a retainable yet filmy white head. Carbonation is very abundant upon pouring and sticks around for a few minutes afterwards before slowly dying down. Rich strong citrus, grapefruit, and caramelized malts make up the nose. The flavor has some strong citrus hops, caramel, grapefruits, toffee and malts. Despite the strong looking carbonation, the carbonation actual feels quite mild and the body is rather mild in weight. Slightly boozy flavor, but otherwise a smooth and tasty Barleywine!

3.2
SudsMcDuff (8427) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
We should have a way to tell someone their breath stinks without hurting their feelings,
like, "Hey, this is boring, let’s go brush our teeth"

3.3
mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Good B wine here. I’d like to let this one age as it tastes a bit ripe - but the carmelization is good.


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