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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Brewers in the midlands of England would boil their barley wines ales for longer times to intensify their flavors. In making Massive! we used only British Halcyon pale malt and boiled for eight hours, giving the beer a deep ruby color and rich malt flavor. Heavily hopped, Massive! is a beer that can be enjoyed now for its intensity, or after years and years and years of aging.

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4.3
slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Well, they got the name right. Deep, and BIG, in every sense of the word. This is pretty much what I am looking for when I’m in the mood for a barleywine. Rich toffee, fruity sweet, but with more than enough hops to notice. The body is great for a beer of this strength. Dangerously drinkable and very very tasty. If the abv didn’t show itself more as the beer warmed, I’d have scored this even higher."

3.7
GIJOE (1258) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a reddish copper with a thin beige head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with roasted malt. Tastes mostly sweet, but a good hop bite. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours slight hazy orange, min head Smell sweet hoppy fig, caramel raisin Taste sweet boozy caramel, really sweet, Mid body Very good

3.7
baraciisch (3439) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Orange brown in color... Caramel toffee aroma, tropical notes... Flavor is light caramel, tropical fruit... Light body, minimal fruity hop notes on finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Isn’t "Gigantic Massive!" a bit redundant? Like "Big Large"? At any rate it lives up to its name, with a huge, creamy malt base and smooth malts. My Notes actually use the word "smooth" like, I don’t know 4 times. I was glad I had some friends to share this with because I had a long day of drinking a head of me.

3.7
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle:   Darker caramel, reddish hued, thin frothy tannish head, dissipates quickly, little lacing.   Soft caramel, toffee, biscuit, citrus peel, and hops on the nose.   Pale caramel and candied citrus peel up front on the tongue, not all that hoppy.   Seems to have a bunch of tea leaves too.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not too heavy or sickly sweet, thankfully.   Lingering citrus peel, pith, and tea leaves, with only a touch of caramel or toffee.   Not as big as I would have liked, needs more caramel/malt body.   Otherwise decent, hides the 12% well, tiz a bit warming, but isn’t too hot.   Yeah, needs more malt body to make this bigger.


3.5
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Big spicy pit fruit, toasted caramel aromas with mild florals and alcohol. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Big spicy toasted caramel, yeasty flavors with sweet pit fruits--warming lightly boozy finish----good

3.9
bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours dark ruddy copper with a slight beige head. Aroma is mixed hop over a rather strongly roasted malt. Nearly full bodied. Flavor seems to start chocolate, switches to mixed hop - citrus/pine - shows heavy malt - lights a mild burning in the throat. It’s sweet, towards brown sugar, but there’s so much hop that doesn’t really matter. This is not quite accurate, but it finishes bittersweet. Couldn’t resist.

3.9
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a hazy reddish-orange color with a small foamy head that fades normally to a ring. Sweet, boozy aroma of cherries, toffee, caramel, pineapple, and honey. Taste is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Nice complex mix of flavors. Cherry syrup, caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, honey, brown sugar, and dates. Somewhat boozy finish and still pretty smooth for 12%. I slammed the glass wayyyyy faster than I should have. Medium to thick body, chewy and syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty nice barleywine, would probably handle aging very well.

3.9
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
22. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Loose creamy lace. Big sweet toffeeish nose, lots of treacle and some vanilla and deep caramel. Very, very much a traditional english barleywine. Creamy thick body, not quite sticky, very little carb. Caramel, toffee, treacle, maybe a tiny bit of gingerbread and definitely a little butter cookie. Very nice mid palate and must be suitable for at least some aging. Long sticky sweet finish. Nice effort.


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