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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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A caramel colored Belgium style strong ale fermented with two yeast strains for a dryer palate. This ale is dry hopped with Liberty Hops which makes it light in bitterness. A fruity charateristic produces an extremely enjoyable beer.

American Barleywine. Sediment due to 7 years of bottle conditioning. Yeasty, attenuated, but quite sweet. Pair with strong, fragrant cheeses.

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3.1
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ Crooked Stave Reserve Society meeting, thanks to Scott for sharing. Pours a murky brown appearance with a thin brown appearance. Aroma is a bit oxidized with some caramel, bread, cardboard, and a touch of citrus. A bit hot, somewhat oxidized. Fairly sweet, caramel / toffee flavor. On the downside, but it was fun to try. Thanks Scott.

3.3
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle at Crooked Stave with friends, courtesy of Scott. Pour is murky brown with no head. No coconut, brown sugar, some oxidation, toffee, raisins, and dates in the aroma. Taste is cardboard, caramel, coconut, toffee, raisins, oxidized, bread and brown sugar. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad but definitely over the hill.

3.1
crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Ruddy pour, Oxidation, ripe fruit, caramel malts. The yeast doesn’t really play a huge part surprisingly.

2.8
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 oz bottle bought from Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL). Popped at home. Pours a rich glowing copper orange hue, healthy glow, faint haze but near transparent. Mellow carbonation and a loose tannish head atop laces small and sticks around as a mellow ring. Nice rich glowing orange copper elements. Aromas show richer oxidation, toffee and biscuits, caramel and carmelization. Wet paper, sherry vinous notes, and biscuits. Gentle dark fruit, kiss of orange. Oxidation is firmly in place, a bit old and flabby. Initial is thinner body, ravaged a bit by time with some gentle dryness, toast, and bready malts. Dough, kiss of caramel sweetness, carmelization, and gentle nuttiness. A bit far gone, the flavors taper out into a mellow oxidized thinner finish. Gentle sweet malts, touches of dark fruit. Fairly thinned overall, the nose preaches some more firm vinous and dark fruit elements, but the beer itself remains a bit flabby, one dimensional, and oxidized. Nose is a bit more appealing overall, but mellow flabby flavors and small thin body makes this beer a bit of a loser. Decent oxidation, some mellow sweetness, thinned and bland into the finish. No thanks. Past it’s prime.

3.7
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Thanks Geist. Integrated caramel and bread with a nice sweetness. Light touch of booze. Medium body and very smooth.

3.7
Huhzubendah (3740) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 2005 vintage The beer is hazy and copper hued with a small, broken head of off white bubbles. The aroma brings butterscotch, oranges, booze, malt, candies, sugar. The flavor is decent, offering everything promised in the aroma. A bit sweet. Present alcohol, though not terribly in your face. Moderately low carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Overall, this was ok.

3.2
stevencon (525) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
shared by coleman and drowland’s going away tasting: dirty blood orange pour, no head or collar, aroma of cardboard oxidation, caramel malts, dark fruits and raisons. good thick mouth feel not much carbonation but to be expected because of age. taste of raison dates and figs, caramel, not bitter, honey notes. glad i got to try this beer.

2.6
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Well this was a fun beer to actually try. Stamped blank label, like the original bottling of BCS. Aroma of cardboard, old fruit, yeast. Flavor is oxidized, rotting fruit, very much like a mead.

3.5
PorterPounder (8290) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - at drowland’s 7/7/12 going away tasting party - thanks to colemanzuber. Dark orange pour, off-white head. Sweet, honey-like aroma. Reminiscent of a mead. Flavor is showing its age (2005), with some Fruity Pebbles cereal notes, ripening vegetables, a bit of dates and raisins. Thick mouthfeel.

1.7
drowland (9077) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
7/7/12. Shared at my going away tasting by czuber! Hugely oxidized aroma with cardboard, fruits, and honey. Oxidized flavor with some fruit and cardboard.


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