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RATINGS: 1537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. Brewed with copious amounts of prized malts and flaked oats, the Barley Wine is so strong that it has to be aged for several months before we can bottle it. Like a fine wine, it will continue to improve with age up to 2 years after bottling (If kept cool).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fine, well maintained head. Nose of malt and alcohol. Thick, almost cloying mouthfeel with predominate carmel flavor. Some hops bitterness in the finish with little hop aroma or flavor. Not a bad barlleywine, but Ive had much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2005 - Deep hazed brownish crimson, thick creamy tan head. Interesting nose of brown sugar coated orange rind, toffee, banana chips, booze, fig and cherry. Flavor was dark and malty with more notes of cherry, fig, alcohol, and banana bread. Everything seems to sit on top of a large hop back bone, but it never quite comes together with the massive malt profile. Age will definitely do wonders here. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not a top BW by any means, but certainly worth a try...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2653) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Huge malty alcoholic aroma after a very dark reddish brown pour with no head. Raisins and plums come into play as well. Alcohol is definitely there, but not overpowering either. Finishes sweet. Got a lot better as it warmed. A nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Huge malt aroma with licorice and...this sounds weired, but it kind of has the olfactory equivelant of the texture of liver. I know it sounds odd, but it leaves me that impression. Deep garnet color with no head at all. Sweet malt and strong black licorice flavors...a hint of sasparilla and a rounded smooth finish. Pleasant to sip at.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Headless muddy copper, very austere looking. Undistinctive, chaotic unintegrated sweet mess hits the nose with aggressive chocolate, candied caramel, earthy, marshmallow notes. All very sweet and unpolished. Dusty bready yeast doesnt exactly thrive to add balance in this. Surprisingly well contained alcohol, in an English way. Rather complex fruit suggestions range (apple, banana, grape, date..), but the amalgamation is poor, unclean. Woody, soy sauce flavours get kicked in in mouth, but the damage is done. Surprisingly small-medium body, liquorous slick texture, flatish carbonation. Weak example.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is a good beer. It has a stout taste but goes down smooth. I like to drink 4 in a row and get a hella buzz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours to a reverse cascading head that is huge creamy and rocky and beige. The body is a deep brown with shiny red highlights. Excellent lacing. The aroma is chocolate, anise, brown sugar, oak. The flavor is sweet, oak, cooked turbinado sugars, and chocolate. The palate is a little sticky and feels watery perhaps due to filtering. :( Would be better if it wasnt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
One of the finest Ive Had This Year. A big Barley Wine. Definitely Thick with a little black berry and some Chocolate aftertaste. Good kick, but not really dominated by the the higher ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Poured dark amber with a sizable tan head. Good lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma had caramel, pinapple, courant, chocolate and liquorice. The caramel was great in the taste. There was some berry in it as well. Very good caramel mouthfeel. This was an impressive brew but it doesnt quite rank up there with the top Barley Wines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Opaque brown color. Strong liquorish and some chocolate in the nose. Liquorish dominates the flavor at the begining. Strong alcohol flavor and some chocolate as beer warms. Decent barleywine.

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