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RATINGS: 1541   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Vintage 2001A Bottle. Purchased in 2001 and laid down till Nov 21, 2003. Initial smell is malt, heat, distinct hop profile as well, where most barleywines are heavy on the malt side. The Horn Dog is darker than usual--an almost chocolate brown color with very little of the red/amber most barleywines sport. Head was a nice, fine creamy tan that showed good legs and Belgian lace. The first taste is molasses, malt, heat, brown sugar, candy sugar, and a decided bitter hop bite that I don't much care for--I think they used a very high Alpha lupelin hop like Galena and it overpowers the beer a bit. The body of the beer is great--good mouthfeel and a luscious smooth roll down the gullet--like drinking a Wendy's Frosty. I'd like to see a more subtle hop profile in the future--use East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Tettnanger.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Mmmm...mm...m...Cut the leash, BABY! Hazy reddish brown, with loads of sediment. interesting flavors of toffee, dark fruit, heavy malts, and cherry candy. Thanks, Regal!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (217) - Perugia, ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a very dark red colour, small medium lasting off-white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with complex notes of caramel, fruit, nuts, and softly hoppy. Taste is heavy sweet, soft bitter. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is slightly tart and yeasty with a bit of vinegar and alcohol. Initial flavor is is mainly of prunes and figs with a bit of a roasty character. Finish is a bit too dry and bitter for my taste. Leaves my mouth feeling dry and a little numb. Maybe it will finish smoother if aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Ooh! I like! Dark amber color with a nice malty nose. Smooth smooth malt flavor that goes down nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. I really am enjoying this barley wine (as a write) it poured a rich brown-amber with a beautiful tan head. great aroma of the flavors it presented in its taste rum, brandy, caramel, raisin, plums, slight alcoholic tinge on the end of the tounge arises... very round and warm, a soothing, relaxing, warming beer. I enjoyed this as much as SNs bigfoot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
sampled at kellys 2008 hell with the lid off. pours a clear red amber. smell dominated by caramel malts, and some cherry and wood and roasted notes. similar flavor, but with a lot more hops, and some black cherry creeping in at the end. decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2011
Tasting session @ Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival Caramel, dates, figs, raisins, chocolate fudge. Very sweet barley wine, might need some ageing. Like that its a english style and not super hopped american barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a syrupy, cloudy, and muddy orange with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, with a strong note of anise alongside hints of syrupy hops, vanilla, tobacco, and spices. Taste is medium-full, with a sweet almost candy-like hops flavor opening up into a more traditional finish of roasted malt, spices, and caramel. An amazingly drinkable barleywine, but lacking in the styles usual depth.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
bottle . . pours cloudy dark brown with not much head . . sweet and smokey chocolate aroma . . sweet, dried fruit flavor . . you can deffinently taste the alcohol with this one . . warms the stomach . . not too bad . . still a little sweet . .


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