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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
This barleywine was brewed solely with imported English ingredients. Tropical fruit aromas abound on the nose, while caramel and molasses flavors bring up the rear. This beer should mellow and gain complexity with time.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2006
04/05 Blend. This just keeps showing me that I prefer a nice rounded and aged English BW over an American style. Favorite style for sure. Poured a hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Thick sweet malt in the aroma and flavor with caramel and fruity notes. Nice and rounded with good balance between the sweet malt and the high alc. I am sure the blending is the cause of this. Alcohol taste stays hidden. The effects of it do not. ;)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3727) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Possibly one of the most flavorful barleys Ive ever had. Pours a reddish copper color wit no head. Powerful and pleasant aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Flavor of dark cherry, caramel and just a touch of hops. Super enjoyable! Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Thanks Jason for this blended 04/05 vintage. The beer came in a Sponge Bob Square Pants labeled bottle. Pours to a a deep chestnut colored body with a thin whitish head. The aroma is coconut and huge caramel. The flavor has a bunch of sharp bitter malt and grassy hop. Some light toffee and sweet caramel. The palate is a touch hot. Light tartness. Some more age would likely help.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2977) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2005
Poured a reddish brown color. A very sweet flavor with some molasses, raisins, oranges, and cherries. The alcohol is well hidden. The aftertaste is somewhat sour and warming. A good one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2593) - USA - MAY 12, 2010
On draft at the brewpub. For some reason, I jotted down "Phantome", so Im not 100% sure this is the same brew - not sure where that spelling came from. Some unpleasant aspects to this stuff - diacetyl and cheap wine sweetness. Seemed a bit like a scotch ale to me, with a bit of prune and plum, and a hoppy finish. OK overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 12, 2010
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a deep ruby red amber with a small off white head. Aroma of buttery notes, candied malt, and citrus. Taste is much the same as the aroma with a metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Mahogany pour w a full off white head. Toffee, some hot alcohols, lots of sugars maybe a pixie stick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Blend of 04 and 05 vintages. Attractive dark ruddy body with a small, silky beige head. Aroma has some nice cherry fruit and vinous characters plus organic elements of dark honey and bright woodsy hops. Flavor brings a nice blend of fresh hops and some more mature cherry and dark fruit skin characters. Pleasant level of sweetness with good counter-balance. Nice, interesting blended barley wine and a positive introduction to General Lafayette for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
Known as Mcglynns Ghost. Wow. Sticky malty flavor.Caramel flavors. Deep brown in color with a thin head. Served in a snifter. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (2038) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
The General Lafayette is offering vintage bottles on a selection of their beers. I purchased a 12 ounce bottle of 2003 vintage McGlynns Ghost (The Pahantom) for $12 USD. It was worth every penny! Heavy fruity aroma, dark red color, flat head, but overall a complex barleywine with a perfect marriage of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

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