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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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4.7
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
Wow. A bit darker than I’d expect from a barley wine but, when raised to the nose it is all there: sour yeasty bread, fresh grass, spicy cinamon and a bit of fruity banana carried on the warm alcohol notes. So soft and rich in the mouth, it feels far heavier than the taste and aftertaste indicate. And the hops, rather than overpower the rest of the rainbow of flavoursome notes just allow the tongue to carry them on and on. As I said at the start, wow.

4.7
janubio (923) - SPAIN - FEB 22, 2011
Extraordinary beer. Red-copper colour, with a small head that dissipates soon, leaving just a ring. Earthy smell, with some spice that I can’t identify right now, raisins,caramel, licorice, chocolate, brandy. Heavy palate, it will dry your tongue, but leaving a sweet taste of caramel, marzipan, licorice, spices, dark fruits, brandy... Impressive great beer.

4.7
pras (602) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Vertical sampling with 2012 and 2008. This beer ages very well. 2012 was a little bit sharp around the edges. 2008 was a totally different beer. Very smooth and nuanced. Flavors were more mellow. Alcohol was in balance with the sweet character. Tasted with dried cherries. Pairs very well!

4.7
9er (99) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2015 Growler at 5’o Clock Wines and Spirits in Owings Mills. Sweetish blend of carmel, malts and rasins make this a nice brew. Pours a deep amber and golden hue with a modest head, yeilding to a permeable amount of sugars and well balanced alcohol. Slightly piney sensation on the swallow and crispy, yet quite mature, semi oily and full of flavor.

4.7
javiercrasher (641) - Granada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2016
Impresionante aspecto. Espuma beige, densa y duradera. Fruta madura y barrica de vino en nariz. Buen cuerpo. En boca acaramelada, licorosa, equilibrada y llena de matices. Dulce, sin presencia de los 10 grados. Ha evolucionado muy bien durante la guarda. De las mejores barley wine que he probado. @Botella. BB 2015/01/09

4.6
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2004
The paleolithic pooch who takes montstrous strides on the label, courtesy of gonzo cartoonist Ralph Steadman, gives a clue to the potential damage wrought by this gargantuan brew! Color is a deep, dark burgundy, with no head to speak of, though one appears as I pour, it doesn’t last for a second. Aroma is exactly what I look for in a barleywine, and then some! Profoundly heady and powerful, full of grape/wine associations, as well as plums, raisins, licorice, cognac, and port. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and intensely warm and rewarding. Sweet and spicy hoppiness abounds on the palate, along with a full dimension of maltiness. Wonderful chew in the texture, and hugely alcoholic! Drinkability? One a day, and slowly, savoringly, so I pull back a bit on points. Towards the end, it gets a bit syrupy, tasting almost like cough medicine. Is this Jagermeister in my mug, I wonder? Among the top 5 American barleywines, but, frankly, we’re a bit spoiled, they are so many top-notch versions. And the best acheivement from this brewery, so far!

4.6
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Very dark brown, thin tan head, nice lace. Aromas of smoky malt, raisins, alcohol, molasses, chocolate, licorice and espresso. Huge malt, not overly sweet, dark roast coffee and dark chocolate, peat and smoke, well-balanced by a good measure of citrusy hop bitterness. Nice chewy mouthfeel.

4.6
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle 355ml. Magnificent. Aroma is fruity, with berries, caramel, dough, and alcohol. Taste is very sweet, with light bitter notes, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy white head.

4.6
Grzesiek79 (4435) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 28, 2013
Dobre i pyszne piwo o slodowo winnym aromacie w smaku takze dominuje winia, namoczony biszkopt i troche miodu. Slodkie ale finisz wytrawny i rozgrzewajacy, troche alkoholowy, ale podczas picia tego stezenia sie nie wyczuwa. Piwo ma srednia piane ale piekny rubinowo-czerwony odcien. Tekstura bogata i tresciwa jak najlepsze belgijskie mocne ale.

4.6
Dave11899 (25) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Great Barleywine. Especially for the one who wants to break into a different style. Pours copper with a khaki head. Floral hops fill your nose with a hint of booze. Taste is balances between malts and high levels of hops. However, there is no lingerong bitterness. There for you can sip again and enjoy the roller coaster rode all over again. Overall a great Barleywine. Aging the last few years to see how the floral notes diminish to see the effect. One of flying dogs finest!


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