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RATINGS: 1530   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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3.5
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Pours very dark, cloudy amber with almost no head or lace. Sweet malt/caramel aroma with a little alcohol in the nose. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, roasted malt and fruit (prune) in the flavor. Finish is a little bitter. Nice hop flavor without crowding the nice sweetness. A little syrupy aftertaste. Good mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. A pretty good inexpensive BW.

3.7
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2007
I think this is a very good example of a malty, European-style barleywine. The aroma is yeasty, fruity, very malty, with a slight hint of raisins and some bread pudding. The flavor is smooth, very silky maltiness with notes of dry, earthy fruit and nuts, some caramel and brown sugar are also detectable, but in balance. I can’t wait to drink the other three! Seek this beer out if you’re a fan of English barleywines.

3.5
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Bought a six pack without ever having tried a barley wine. Still have 2 in the fridge after a month. Not a bad beer, but very intense flavors. Both hoppy and malty at the same time. Will have to convince myself to drink the last 2.

3.6
bretupdegraff (243) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
not a bad brew but there are much better Barley Wines. This one is light on the ABV compared to most Barleys but that could be a plus for me.. taste was lacking complexity. Just OK.

3.6
beeratarian (240) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours from a 7 oz. bottle a nice medium brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet dried cherry and alcohol, a little smokiness< nice aroma. Taste is of fresh cherries and slightly smoky and roasty in the finish. Smooth finish and overall but lacking some kick. Overall the palate is thin for the %, definately taste alcohol, could be a great beer if it had some more malt body and piney hops. Worth the 99 cents for a 7 oz. bottle.

3.7
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Rich complex deep dried dark-fruit aroma and flavor, layers and levels of flavor, raisins on prunes on dried cherries all drenched in milk chocolate over toast. Seductive!

3.2
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2008
12oz. Bottle 2006 vintage. Beer pours a slightly hazy brownish red with almost no head. The aroma is of overripe fruits and caramel. Unfortunately having sampled this beer over a period of time, I have to say that the nose is really the highlight. The flavor isn’t as complex as the nose and is a bit overly sweet. Some hints of raisins and chocolate malt in the flavor. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent and isn’t overly carbonated. The finish is quick and leaves a bit of sweetness and alcohol warmth on the tongue. Only difference I noticed from the aging was that the alcohol presence was a bit more subdued. Overall not bad, but nothing too memorable.

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.

3.6
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Aroma of dried figs and raisins. Lots of sediment, probably enough to float a body. More carbonated than I expect a barley wine to be. Light alcohol, warming but fairly nondescript finish.

4
xXbaptisteXx (235) - - AUG 19, 2014
Au rez on sens des note de sirop d'érable réglisse miel Une belle couleur châtain foncée qui tourne un peu sur le ruby En bouche on trouve des notes de café au lait, noisette réglisse chocolat noir Une biere a ne pas louper car vraiment elle en vaut la peine mais il ne faut pas en boire 2 car elle et asser épaisse


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