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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottled. 5268/6000. Beer is a murky, dark-ash brown color with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is rich: Malty with a moderate note of toasted grain, light note of caramel; Hoppy with a moderate herbal note, light note of lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate miscellaneous note of spicy alcohol, burbon, trace note of sour peach. The flavor is heavily bitter, lightly-to-moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Bottle (2011-2012 batch). Head is initially large, creamy, off white to light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), heavily hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, mango, papaya, passionfruit, resin), with notes of black tea, vanilla, honey, toffee, blackberry, raspberry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Surprisingly good, based on the awful 2009 batch I last rated. This is a tropical fruit bomb (probably from both hops and esters), in a good way. Really enticing nose despite some resinous hops mixed in, just tremendous complexity. Rich in the mouth without being syrupy/sticky, well-balanced for its size, non-abrasive. Damn near quaffable, which is scary for a near 11% brew. For a west-coast style barleywine, this has a surprising amount of depth and elegance. And just look at that head! Even though I tend to prefer more malt-driven renditions, this is one of the best barleywines I think Ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Bottle. Beige frothy head, dark red color. Aroma has floral hops, hearty malts. Tons of hops in the palate, very rich and not overly bitter. Great sweet malty flavors, almost cidery. Balanced alcohol. Solid bwine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2006
<!-- i -->Bottle #4502/6000.<!-- /i --><!-- br -->Murky red-brown body, medium ochre head. Caramely, bready, sweet aroma with touches of brown sugar; resiny, grapefruity hops. Toasty, caramely body with earthy bitter resiny hops, definitely faded due to age. Alcohol rather subdued. Creamy, rich, sticky body. Good, not great. Probably was better fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Deep ambery brown body. Creamy light tan head with great lacing. Taste has sweet fruity malt, some roasty character, piney grapefruit. You can tell it has a bit of age on it, but its still pretty good. Would like to have tried an earlier sample. Update - licorice and cough drop in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13614) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2006
(2004 Vintage) Clear mahogany body topped by beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, cherry/peach. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, caramel, raisin. Full body with fair amount of stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Not totally clear dark amber hue. The head is rather generous at first for a barleywine, off-white and slowly diminishing. Generous nose of brown sugar, maple, richly malty. Vinous side showcases strong fruitiness (grapes, peaches) that complexifies its otherwise sugary feel. Strong flavoured in mouth, balanced with both strong sweetness and strong bitterness that do not interefere overly with one another. Smoky, earthy hints toward the finish complete the chocolatey, fruity flavour profile. Just greatly extracted toasted malts and well put leafy balancing hops. Thick bodied, sufficient active carbonation. One of the very best in a flight of 20+ barleywine samples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
22oz bottle from Windy City liquor in El Cajon. I think over time the % has gone up in this beer.....maybe to 10.5-11. Pours a deep copper color with a tan head....nice lacing. Nose of dark fruits such as plums, grapes and raisens. Flavor the same with some malt and hop notes....a great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. I had this right after it was released and didnt take notes but remember it being much hoppier. Remember enjoying it a lot. Hops have mellowed into a very drinkable BW w/ a malty flavor w/ a hint of hops. Possibly a little watered down. Past its prime?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bomber shared with gputty. Hazy brown with a yellowy head. Nose is nutty chocolate and pine. Walnut flavor, with coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly bitter finish. Liked it quite a bit - not your average BW.

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