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RATINGS: 1543   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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3.9
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 Had this while camping after a big dinner. Bottle from 01, 2 years aged. Aroma of mollasses and chocolate. Dark amber color with generous head and lots of silky lacing on the glass. Flavors of fig and chocolate malt with a good amount of hops that tingle in your mouth. There was not a very strong alcohol taste to this and was a tad overcarbonated on the palate and very dry.

3.1
DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Smells like a sweet wine.when poured has little head that disappears fast.Has a spicy taste and warm going down.The finish lingers on for a while and keeps ur stomach warm

3
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Not a real good barley wine.Aroma is nice at first but then the taste falls short.Does have a little bit of a burnt finish.

3.1
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is an alright Barley Wine, with pretty good color and head and a nice nose, but the flavor is totally lacking in any hop character, is kind of flat. Really unremarkable among BWs.

3
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Promising aroma, with caramel and brown sugar, a touch of berry, spicy hop and a strong twinge of pine and alcohol. Deep, dark, solid red-brown in color, with a massively foamy and lasting head. Flavor begins with some rather sugary sweet caramel and bready maltiness, but is then gracelessly overlayed with a very strong astringent, spicy bitterness and brash alcoholic fire. Generously hoppy finish, some faintly lingering fruit and nut. Vintage is unhelpfully left blank on the label, but I'm guessing it's pretty recent. This beer has fairly enjoyable flavors, but they occur at the wrong times and in the wrong places, somehow. I want to say that aging would help, but that's probably no guarantee.

3.4
BillKismet (4064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Blood cider appearance with a ring of carbonation. This is an easy going, moderate barley wine with evident malts and a possible touching of orange. The texture was mildly syrupy. Well balanced sweetness.

4
Diablokev (181) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
The aroma is sweet and of bubble gum, and fruity hints. The appearance is a deep amber with a massive off white head. The flavor is malty and slightly fruity, a bit liek wine I guess. The beer goes down a bit thick, but is easy to drink. Overall the first of this type for me, so I have nothing to compare to, but I liked this one.

3
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 1, 2003
pours a dark red/brown color, with a large, creamy, persistant tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet, with caramel notes. A rather nice aroma in my opinion. However, the taste falls far short of the aroma. Flavor is malty and sweet, with a syrup-like mouthfeel. The finish is the bizzare part. Sometimes I get a bad burnt metallic finish, and other sips are smoother, with a strong, almost port-like finish. If not for the finish this brew would get good marks. It's possible that this bottle is slightly skunked, and maybe that'll explain the finish. I'll have to try again sometime.

2.2
Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Malty aroma. Loads of alcohol. Surprisingly dark in color--nearly black with a hint of red when held to a light. No head but that's not a problem in a barley wine. Medium to heavy bodied and somewhat sticky. Very fine carbonation but perhaps a bit too much for the style. Some light notes of oak. Very strong off-note of not-quite-ripe fruit. The 10.5% ABV is not hidden in the least, lending some medicinal overtones. A poor attempt at a high gravity brew by a mediocre brewer.

4
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2003
This beer was good. Better than a lot of B-wines I've had, but certainly not the best. Good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. New to the Washington scene, a welcome addition.


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