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RATINGS: 1529   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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1.6
Oakes (18167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2003 Completely muddled. Terrible structure problems, as alcohol, green apples and poorly extracted malts compete for attention. And where are the hops? Finishes like a durian smells.

3.6
chrisv10 (17920) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2010
355 ml bottle from Voldby. Brown/amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, sweet, little ash and hops.

3.9
TBone (17773) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled
Ruby color, small floating yeast particles, small off-white head. Hoppy, berry-like, bready aroma. Licorice, sweet liquer and barley in the flavor. Very smooth, enjoyable liquerish mouthfeel. Me likes!

3.7
yngwie (17101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle, 2007 vintage. It pours a nice ruby body, clear but hard to see through, with a minimal biege head. More just a broad ring of bubbles actually. When pouring, it’s not hard to detect it’s a barley wine, one can sense that it’s going to be a warming, sweet and hoppy beer. When sticking my nose into the glass, it sends out aromas of sweetish maltyness, dried fruits and dark berries, a cute little licorice scent, some hops, but not very much, and there’s a touch of bread too. In the mouth, the alcohol is very present, but in a pleasant way, due to the sticky sweetness? It has some syrupy qualities in the mouth. There’s also dried fruits and some berries, and a little bitterness from the hops, but it’s far from dominating. Some notes of pine and citrus though. A bready, roasted flavor and some licorice is also found, but that’s just in the background. It finishes rather sweet and malty, with the alcohol warming for a long time, suiting this cold May evening very well. Even though I like my barley wines low on hops, a little bit more wouldn’t hurt. But no problem, the beer works just fine, and gave me a nice half an hour of joy. Be sure not to serve it too cold, it needs some temperature to open up(080520)

3.7
jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours dark brown, almost amber with white head. Nose is molasses and brown sugar. Taste is molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and Christmas spices.

3.4
FatPhil (16631) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2008
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)
Very dark red, almost no head. Very pleasant sweet aroma - fruity: figs, plum and raisin. Big thick and sticky presence on the tongue, some bitter tangs of alcohol immediately noticeable, but not offensive. Very full-bodied taste - plenty of grains and husks, and sweet heady alcohol wafting up the nose. Sticky tar. Slightly fizzy on the tongue, and made me burp my previous lambic! Some piney hops too. Solid, but a little too harsh to really excel. Should buy a bottle and cellar for 2 years for a rerate.

3.9
Dedollewaitor (16228) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
Bottle says "vintage??" Amber brown with fast disappearing white head. Aroma is sweet sugar, malts, hops, bread & cookies. Sweet spicy warm, sticky & a bit alcohol burning. However alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. Nice lacings. Very well balanced. Complex barley wine & still easy drinkable. Wauw!

3.6
Benzai (16099) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Old rating, I believe from 2009 or 2010. Didn’t take much notes, but judging the scores I gave I know I liked the color. Only thing my notes say is: ’not the best, but given the benefit of the doubt’.

3.9
MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle. Good caramelly sugar aroma, some alcohol, hint of grassy hops. Deep dark red/brown with small floaties. The flavour is very sweet, caramelly, slightly roasted. Slightly rough finish, probably both from alcohol and hops, but good. Too sweet, though.

3.9
bhensonb (15489) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Labeled 2006B. Aroma of malt and chocolate - I think there really was a light wiff of licorice when the cap came off. No head. Brownish color. Starts dried plum and raisin. It’s malty sweetish, and has a firm mouthfeel. Hop is very light. The alcohol warms the palate, and the throat, and below. As it warms, there does seem to be pear, probably not apple.The mouth sensations do seem to turn a bit unpleasant, if one quits sipping. Sort of like heated banana. This is pretty complex.


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