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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Incredible. This beer will kick you in the head if you're not careful. The nose is potent, exuding powerful hops and a forward maltiness. The color looks intense, as it is a deep, ruby copper color (if that makes sense). Lots of fruity ester in the nose presage an intense, full flavor profile: malt, a melange of hops, some interesting fruit (bing cherries, berries) and chocolate. A very interesting drinking experience. Two 22 oz. Old Boardheads will send you over the falls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
red copper colorwith malty, fruity, berry aroma. malty tangy taste. Alcoholic, med carbonation palate. great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2004
The place to start if you havent tried many barleywines before; try to locate an aged bottle (particularly the 1999 vintage). Three types of malt and four hop varietals make this an incredibly complex brew. Best when slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature. Smooth but with a firm malt flavor, almost no head (as is expected), some raisin and brown sugar essences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
55F Whizzang, fizzang, fizzizle, drizzle -- fizz gone. Quite reddish. Looks dryish. Not so thick. Smells like fruitcake ala brandy. Mingled citron. Maraschino cherry nose. It looks a little oily up close. Hit me. Wow, and Yeah. Froot cake. Dried pears. Pecan sandies. Hermits with big fat and plump thompson raisins. Lay it on me. Layer it on me. Alcohol is masked, veiled, which means it is thinly disguised. Its pretending to hide. Theres sharpness all about. Delish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2006
what puzzl said about sharing and verticals and whatnot. 05: smells like brown sugar, vanilla, a tiny bit of washed-rind (aka stinky) cheese, maybe some olives. tasted strongly of hops, and a bit like buckwheat honey. makes me think "greener" in comparison to the 03. 6/4/5/4 03: pretty different; the word i thought of was "darker", when comparing it to the 05. now the smell is overwhelmingly like washed-rind cheese (like the chimay cheese where the rind is washed with beer i had a week ago), with some soy sauce. 03 tastes almost sickeningly sweet, with buckwheat honey, dark fruits, soy sauce, washed-rind cheese, and a little like lucky charms-type marshmellows. i wish i could have tried an 04, since i think a balance between the two would have been best. otherwise, im not too sure im a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Incredbile color in this 2004 bottle. It is almost brandy like in appearnce. Very smooth with almost no head. Looks like wine. Clean well balanced taste. Not as sweet as many barleywines. I taste cherry, and cognac hues. I prefer a little more bite...this is so smooth. Probably much better with a cigar and a little choclate after a meal. Definitly taste this one with food. Not a good one to taste first.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz of the 2008, i feel bad giving this a lower rating but it just didnt shock me. Bitter finish but over light flavor. Nothing bad about it just nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2010
This beer was really good I enjoyed drinking it and would buy it again because it was so pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickS95 (36) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Poured a nice tan head. Dark caramel/coffee in color; dark but appeared cloudy or unfiltered, just like I like it. Smell of hops and spices. Kind of neutral mouthfeel which surprised me given the 91 IBUs. Good lacing. Finish is definitely bitter, but not as much as you’d expect from such high IBU level. The bitterness was chased away in the finish by the warming 9% alcohol, which stayed with you well beyond the aftertaste. This beer was a handful. With a 22-ounce bottle, I didn’t really need to drink anything after this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2006
2004 bomber from Clark the man, thanks!!! Beautiful clear (hey, why others have had cloudy pour and I had 100% clear!?) coppery amber pour with a modest & quickly diminishnig head. Aroma has hints of PNW hops but (again) not as much I was hoping for. Other components of the aroma are some bubblegum, peppery spices, number of fruits, alcohol and some kind of thinner. Carbonation is harsh and the body surprisingly thin. Flavor has many things going on with burning alcohol in the front but to be honest Im not too impressed. Actually theres something unpleasant in the flavor all the way that bothers me. I dont know if this is oxidized or something. Should try and find another bottle. I cant imagine what aging wouldve done to this particular bottle. Harm I guess.

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