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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body is balanced with Centennial and Crystal hops for a pleasant hoppiness and finish. Makes a great cellar beer. Available in 22oz. bottles and draught year round. ABV 9% IBU 91

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3.5
Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
2008 vintage. A reddish copper ale with a thin off white head. A nice caramel ,alt, with vinous notes, and nice floral c-hops. In mouth, licorice, sweet malt, good floral c-hops. Nice and smooth, with warming alcohol in finale. A solid barley wine. Bottle from Bottle Barn, tasted August 21, 2009.

3.7
Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2007 22 oz. bottle from the most generous stefanje. Thank you Stefan! Clear dark red color with a sizeable head and good lacing. Prickly pine hops are assertive int he aroma with notes of brown sugar, cream, citrus. Taste is very strong and very dry hops, lemon, other citrus and pine. Some subtle fruitiness supports the hoppiness. Nice creamy texture and taste througout. Normally I like a nice maltiness to balance the hops, which this one lacks, but for some reason it works very well.

4.3
BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Reserve 99...bottled 11.10.98 Pours cloudy copper with no head and some floating sediment. Aroma is malt with an apple cider, hop nose. Flavor is lightly bitter and heavy malt with a dry hoppy finish. Some notes of caramel and a tad roasty. Warm and full-bodied palate that warms the body all the way down.

4.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2004
(Bottle, 2003) Pours a dark copper color with a little haziness and a medium-sized, egg shell colored head. The armos is risch with hops, caramel, and alcohol. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and alcohol for a warming feeling.

3.9
Dogbrick (13006) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample from 2007 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Dark amber color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Patchy lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and resiny hops. The finish is sweet with a charred malt and caramel aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

4.2
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
2002 Vintage courtesy of egadzis. Poured a medium copper color with an off white head. Aromas of matls, caramel, toffee and light oranges. Tastes of sweet malts, sugary, caramel, and molasses.

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 12oz bottle-pours a light tan head with hazy dark copper color with particles. Aroma is sweet fruit, malt, syrup. Taste is vanilla, sweet fruit, malt, syrup. 2.9 150308-Full sail old boardhead 06-22oz bottle. Some spruce/phenols. 737313=3.3

3.7
Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 2004 edition. A very well done barleywine, nicely hopped and malted. Cloudy peach to amber with pretty head. A great complement to the food and very quaffable. Noted caramel, citrus juice, fruit, slight licorice, candy, bittersweet great combination. Wonder how it would be aged. Well, had 2011 after 4 plus years, and not so great.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"piney, good balance of malt and hops, and smooth and drinkable even though it has a kick. good, but not one of the best. I’ll usually pick up a bottle any time I find one. 2/10-have had a couple pedestrian bottles. the 07 version not aging well. docked a couple tenths."

4.2
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Beautiful orange coloure. Unclear. Huge beige head. Herbal, spicy and with a good alcahol character in the aroma. Flavour is malty and sugary with some hoppy notes. Again there is a subtle alcahol note in the background. Complex and wellmade. Ends with a light bitterness and a pleasant alcaholwarming/burnt. Thanks Bück Dich for trading this fine brew.


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