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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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Huge malt and intense fruitiness dominate. No expense is spared with the use of English floor malted barley. 80 IBUs. 2016: Some was aged in steel and served in cask.

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3.8
anders37 (26824) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit and woody aroma with weak vanilla hints. Has a sweetish malty weak chocolate and dark fruit flavor with woody hints. Has a sweetish malty woody dark fruit finish.

3.7
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Nice malt and fruit aroma with some alcohol. The flavor is a bit more bitter and hoppy, bet still malty and dried fruit. Dry finish and smooth mouthfeel.

3.7
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 11, 2009
On tap @ Glacier Brewhouse. Had an 06, 07, and 2010 during the 12 days of Barley Wine but will rate the 07 my favorite of the night aged in virgin French oak barrels for 1 year. Pours deep mahogany with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, oak and alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with light bitterness and a very light alcohol taste. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This is a nice wood aged Barley Wine, the oak drys it out a bit which is nice compared to the fresh stainless steel aged batch.

3.7
bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toffee aroma. Toffee and malt flavor with light oak. Medium bodied. Oak lingers with toffee and malt.

3.6
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Aged one year with comments of "oak wine" and "English malts" on the festival sheet. Mahogany color. Smoke, vanilla, and wood but the fruit is less intense.

3.6
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Firey red/orange, minimal head. . . Sweet candied alcohol, strawberries, sweet white grapes. Dry and spicey on the tongue, very similar palate to a dry reisling or pinot griego. Finish is more like beer, slitly bitter, with some raisin malt and grapes, also a very pleasing strawberry flavour and a wonderful balance of malts.

3.6
jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
@Toronado BWfest–on tap-pours a light tan ring for a head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-toffee, some earthy hops. Taste is sweet medium malt-toffee, some earthy hops. Medium body.

3.6
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2014
On tap at Glacier brew house. This was poured into a wine glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing. The smell had a big fresh boozy sweet vanilla. A light sweet woody traces my nose nicely. The taste copied the smell and added a big boozy punch on my taste buds in the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly good sipping quality about it. The carbonation was smooth as a good barleywine should. Overall, this was a pretty good barleywine that I would have again.

3.5
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: The pregram says it was aged in "oak wine barrels" for eight months, not the "minimum of one year" mentioned in the commercial description here. This poured a headless clear amber. The aroma was toffee and caramel with a touch of earthy woodiness. Same with the flavor but having the addition of a light fruity tartness. No evidence of the strong ABV in the drinking. Okay.

3.5
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color with an off white head. Distinct oak and wine in the nose accompanied by cotton candy and caramel notes. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild bitterness. Distinct oaky red wine, caramel, and toasted bread flavors. Warming alcohol effect. Not bad.


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