RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Our American-style Barleywine undergoes a three hour boil to intesify the caramel malts and the enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy this brew fresh today or lay it down for aging to see how the flavors of each vintage evolve.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Filtered reddish brown appearance with fine, long-lasting head. Aroma hits you first with strong acetaldehyde (green apple), vaguely citric hops, some weird fruitiness, then some booziness, and lastly some bready and slightly caramelized malt notes. Not altogether pleasant. Flavor initially hits you with more acetaldehyde and a plethora of hot alcohols. Unusually hot even for a 10% beer. I get some moderate roasted malt notes, light phenols, surprisingly muted hop flavor and quite noticeable, rather harsh bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1871) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Deeeelicious. Tried at Green Flashs tasting room with my friend Joel from work. This my favorite. There a better Barleywines (Alesmith and Stone and Port Brewing), but not beats this quality/price ratio. 8,3,8,3,17:4.0 Ive tried this many times, but tonight I tried the 2nd anniversary version for the first time. Tasted at 2008 Woodshop hosted by cquiroga. A small hint of oxidation. Lots of melanoidins and caramelization from long boil. 8,3,7,3,15:3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 [273-20070413] Bottle (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, jerc, mds, tupalev). Very hoppy aroma has strong notes of sweet navel orange rind. Clear, red body with a creamy bubbly off-white head. Very hoppy orange citrus flavour is boozy. Medium body is bitter and dry. Atypical specimen, blending could be less astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4143) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bomber; nose of citrus hops, light fruit, and caramel; clear cherry brown with a small beige head; flavor is lots of hop bitterness, plums, and acaramel from a medium thin body, with hop bitterness and some alcohol in the finish! Not a great barlewine!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Hops and acetyl alcohol fill the nose with a sporadic whiff of caramelised malt coming thru. Big and very up front bitter with some astringency and more acetyl alcohol. lots of roasted caramel and treacle notes with a ver astringent and lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Mds, and Mabel, Harrys bottle. Getting pretty late int he night at the best quality tasting I have ever been a part opf - strongest too. Nice hopped malt aroma. Dark ruby brown, small tan head. Very bitter taste for the style. Simple, but effective" lots of malt, lots of alcohol and heavy on the hops. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. Brown body, with a small tan head. (3+) Solid hoppy aroma, quite resiny. Simple but fantastic aroma. Resiny hop flavour, not particularly unique but an extremely well executed barleywine. Fairly bitter. Medium palate. Quite hoppy. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beaver (1723) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep copper red with a large fluffy orange-beige head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy peppery alcohol, some caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and a little fruit, followed by a harsh paint-thinner like alcohol. The finish is a brash bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. It has some metallic notes. The mouthfeel is fairly full with soft velvety carbonation.

Overall, its too over the top in alcohol and bitterness. It does get a bit more drinkable as you go through the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bottle (650ml). Shared with jerc, mabel, mds and tupalev - my bottle via trade with DarkElf - DarkElf+ Fest 07!!. Deep clear amber, average off-white head. Toasty sweet malt aroma and alcohol aroma - simple and oh-so-nice - quite bitter. Average body, quite astringent and fairly boozy - solid BW.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
boto (2144) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2007
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson: I see a commonality to the reviews of this beer from this location. I love barleywines, but this was simply the worst that I have ever had. The color was good, being a dark ruby colored brew, with a small off white head. The smell was something else. It didnt smell bad, but it did smell like root beer. The taste was predominately of root beer. This was close to undrinkable. Yuk!

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