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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (131) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2013
First barleywine Ive had in awhile. Caramel and toffee everywhere. The maltiness is all over this beer. The booziness is apparent at all times as well. I normally prefer some more hop flavor to my barleywines, but this one is smooth and well balanced with the sweeter malts it carries. Not very roasty at all. I like it, but partly because I also really like barleywines

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a hazy amber. The nose is a very strong cabernet with subtle notes of malt. Comes across the palate with a semi-sweet cabernet flavor with a bitter after taste, your palate eventually adjusts so its not so bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Pours a slightly murky deep reddish brown, with close to no head. The nose is mild with hints of caramel, and a dash of hops, and dark fruit. The flavor follows in suit, and masks the alcohol well. Overall a good brew, but fairly different for this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BagerPL (125) - - OCT 11, 2014
Lepsze ni? nogne barley wine. Stonowana alkoholowosc i goryczka. Lekko owocowy aromat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Immediately I was alerted to the huge presence of carbonation in this brew. I barely poured out half the bottle before I had to stop and wait for the absolutely huge head to die off. Anyways, decent dark malt aroma, with a little mustiness thrown in. Taste was very malty with little hints of anise and licorice. I certainly was reminded of the liquer Sambuca. The licorice flavors seemed to work well at hiding the huge alcohol presence, and it was masked very well. I didn't think this was 10.5% until about 30 minutes after drinking. Finished with enough hops to give a nice contrast to all the malts. Carbonation was evident in the finish unfortunately. I think aging could do a lot for this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle shared with Pyrozoid, French Tickler and Grand Genie. Pours a brown reddish appearrance with an off white bubblely head. Aroma: maple, grapes, toffee, vanilla, alcohol (rhum), black olives, candy sugar, and cream soda. Flavor: molasses, alcohol, ginger, peppery, cinnimon and licorice. Medium to full body, average carbonation, silky with an alcohol peppery finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 28, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Ahh opened up the snow season with this one, hard to describe it in a delicate manner however I did enjoy its inherent complexity during a slow plow through snow soaked roads on the way up to some shred of the pow. Sante brothers and sisters Sante!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle poured to glass. Roasted malt aroma and citrusy hops to balance it. Deep redish/brown hue with an average white head. Heavily roasted Malt flavor and moderatly hopped to balcnce. Fairly lond after taste to follow. Turns slightly acidic at the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours thick and gritty with syrupy presence that is a think and amber brown colored. Aroma alittle strong with hints of malty oats and squash. Taste has hints of black licorice and caramel molasses. Looking at the wine through the light I can see large particles in suspension and it just makes this brew so much more appealing. The flavor is very above average and am pleasantly surprised with this brewery. DFefinitely gonna try a few more from here.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
Impressive!! This is BY FAR the best beer that I have tried out of Flying Dog. Has a very sweet taste with a light amount of carbonation. Swirls of candy-like aroma fill the air as one consumes this. Great to have while one is relaxing and winding down from a hard day. This is on my next shopping list.


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