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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Hazy, dark brown pour. No head. Malty aroma with hints of licorice. Taste mirrors the aroma with bonus touches of oats, chocolate, and subtle hops. Medium/full body, dry finish. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Easily the best Flying Dog brew Ive had (I have yet to try the Double IPA). Unusual pour, cloudy but without sediment, no head. Full caramel aroma mixed with big whifs of alchohol. A nice character is that this barley wine takes on such a huge percentage but never really overpowers the beer. The downside of this however is the fact that the beer really is just a touch on the watery side. I felt that it was slightly watery despite all of the caramel malt, and really lacked some oomph in the finish. There is definitely a good template here for the dogs over there to work with, but as it is, this barley wine is still around par, especially for the demanding style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a purple hue and no head. the aroma is very hoppy and there is lots of alcohol in the nose. Also noticed is a bit of a floor polish type aroma. The taste is hoppy with orange notes and plummy fruit too. The alcohol comes through but this is not a brash, harsh barley wine, instead it is pleasantly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Vintage 2004 pours a bright dark amber with some floating yeast throughout, small creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aromas of sweet fruity plums. Dark cherry, chocolate and caramel flavors. Full bodied with mild carbonation makes for a creamy and soft mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, finishes sweet.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
This is a very sweet beer. No bitterness to speak of. The alcohol is there but not dominate. Just an okay barley wine. I dont think I could finish a whole 12 oz bottle.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beaver (1736) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!

Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.

The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.

Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. Ive had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1775) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Advertised as a barleywine, Im not sure if it is. Almost too bitter for the style; more like an imperial IPA. Very good; flavors of sweet maltiness and bitter hops. Has decent head retention, lacing, and a clear garnet color. This is good, and the 10.5% ABV is almost undetectible. Once again, a great beer from the brewers who give beers goofy names.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2170) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Opaque brown with a date like flavor. It tastes like mole-asses! This product is unlike any other BW style ale Ive tried.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2005 bottle. Dark amber pour with decent head. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, and licorice. Flavors of the same, plus a little honey. Complex flavor. Hop bitterness is a little low for the style. Definitely in my top tier for Barleywines, with a little more hops it could be great.


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