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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4651) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
Tap. Magic Rock Tap. Clear, ruby tinged, amber. Ring, and a film, of off white head. Nose has sweet, honeyed, stewed fruit hop. Rich, sweet, lightly spicy malts. Notes of dried vine fruits. Some stone fruit. Taste is sweet, rich, and vinous. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Long, chewy sweet, vinous finish. Very nice, dangerously drinkable, not overly complex, barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (5180) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
(Gigantic Massive!) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 12% Deep red ruby colour on the body, clear, with a small but thick beige head sitting on top, with good retention. Aroma of orange, cookie dough, malts, red fruits, light alcohol, light pine. Taste begins sweet with caramel, cookie dough, malts, turns to mildly bitter with hops, light orane peel and pine, light red fruits ad alcohol in between. Medium thick body with good carbonation, sticky palate. Very good and easy to drink in spite of the high alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (4209) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Blue session. Unclear dark red body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is nutty with dark fruits, caramel, burned. Taste is sweet and chunky with brown malts, toffee, plum, chocolate, vineous finish. Warm with a mild alcoholic note. Robust and nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2837) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016 Blue session 20160513. Malty and fruity, caramely and sweet. The finish is fruity, sweet and caramely with alcoholic notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gaultier (1614) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
Sample @ CBC-16, Copenhagen 13/5-16. Malty, fruity and sweet. Sweet and fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Bomber from Capones. Pours clear ruby with tan head. Nose is caramel malt, molasses, spirits, oak, syrup, hops. Tastes rich, complex, heavy caramelly, with notes of honey, molasses, hops, spirits, oak, and a smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (3080) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
Tap @CBC16. Clear, dark amber, small light beige head. Aroma has wood, berries and light vanilla. Sweet flavour, wood, malt and vanilla. Quite sippable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (3703) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2016
Keg at Andrew Ushers. Clear ruby body with a thin off-white head. No visible carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of shoe polish and overripe plum. Flavour of mashed strawberries, caramel and raspberry syrup. Full body with a chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Drinks easily for the strength but the aroma is weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Sweet fruity smell with toasted sugar. Similar taste, sweet and malty. Tasty but also a bit boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4455) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. Clear reddish pour, thin white head. Aroma of fruity hops, sugary malts, caramel and some pine. Flavor is very sweet, fruity, caramel and sugary. Huge body. Heavy stuff.


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