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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Distinct sweet and complex flavor, this beer has been reserved and set aside for special occasions.

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5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Deep caramel, quite dark, slight ruby tint, large fizzy light beige head, spotty lacing, very light carbonation.   The color certainly looks very inviting!   Very slight sourness and oak on the nose, pale citrus and even softer malts are present.   Not much in the way of a hop nose... definitely not a west coast Barley Wine.   Sweet, yet somewhat sour, citrus character up front.   Soft notes of oak, and perhaps even unripened cherries.   Not as hefty in the malts either.   Interesting Barley Wine.   Fairly smooth, not heavy at all.   Lighter than most, a little bit more oakish and sour, albeit minor, than most other examples.   Lingering citrus like bitterness emerges after the finish.   Unfortunately body and mouthfeel are pretty average.   Not capturing me at all.   Decent beer, however doesnt seem to have enough malt character.   In my opinion not worth the $ the place on this one.   Again, fairly decent beer but it seems a bit too light.   I will give it this, the ABV is well hidden.   Doesn’t feel like 10% tho.   Anyways, enjoyable but not to the extent that I thought it was going to be based on the $ amount.   Thanks Steve for sending the bottles!!!

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Brewery: Iron Hill Wilmington
Date: June 10, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog 3D
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine beige head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with a big earthy character
Flavor: lots of dry bitter earthy flavor, touch of dark caramel adds richness but no sweetness, slight tart edge

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

Date: August 27, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, brown sugar sweetness, light fruityness, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet brown sugar flavor, light bitterness, touch of suggary sweetness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Goodgrief (2082) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2007
"Old Tom Barleywine" - Had a 4 oz sample from their sampler (so not the best foundation for a review)...but I thought this was very good. Strong alcohol aroma but the taste was surprisingly smooth...especially compared to the other barleywines I’ve had. They do it right at Iron Hill. Very good...I’d have this one again.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2015 8/8/2001. 25.3 oz bottle. Found this one without its cork in my cellar. Bottom cage wire looks like it snapped. Wow! Poured a quick glass and still showed some carb. Clear burgundy with some wispy head; most around the edges. Dark berries, caramel and sprucey alcohol. Slight sourness; uh-oh. Quite smooth but lacking some depth of flavors. Light toffee and blackberry with orange hoppy drying. Seems intact after the premature de-corking but needs bigger malts. I had hoped to age this a few more years. 1/4/2015. Growler from Media. Medium body with a silky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a soft tang. Taste is caramel and dates with light grass and hints of bitter citrus peel. Good stuff. I’m upping the aroma and palate by a point from my bottle rating.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
This barleywine pours a medium brown color forma 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses and brown sugar. Medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are earthy and floral. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, there is a touch of a bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2007
750ml bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is very nice, medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant. Taste is medium malt-caramel, medium fruit, fragrant, finishes with earthy hops. Occasional. OK carbonation.

DocLock (11236) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
750 ml vintage bottle from Phoenixville. Pours ruddy, muddy caramelly ruby brownish in color, with almost no head. The aroma is big and complex, very fruity, with notes of caramel malt, black pepper, big figs, plums, tobacco, blackberry, slight white grapes, prune, Bartlett pear. The flavor is richly malty and the palate heft and complexity is apparent. I got flavor notes of fine tobacco, figs, berries, pear, apple, white grapes, and some earthy peaty finishing notes. Dense and complex palate, with well hidden alcohol, this oe is great.

TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2006
750 ml bottle shared @ the Media location. I suppose this is the correct place to put this review since the ABV matches. Although the bar tender told me it was brewed and bottled at the Media location and the bottle simply just stated "Barleywine" Pours a cloudy brown amber with a smaller off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, some toastiness, biscuit and light alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was lots of up front dark fruits, toffee, hints of vanilla, light hop bitterness, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters and yeast.

User37895 (3085) - - JUN 1, 2006
Not a bad beer at all. Not aged. Poured a dark red-brown color with a noticeable but not overpowering head (more than I expected at 10% ABV). Aorma was sweet, alcohol, with a slight flowery hoppy touch. Hops were not prominent in the flavor, which was malty with a touch of alcohol. I enjoyed the malt balance more than SN’s Bigfoot.

weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
This was a 3 year old batch unleashed at West Chester... Apepars a hazy reddish toned brown with a small white head that fades into a nice collar. Smell is of rich malted barley, cherry, vanilla, with a mild hint of oxidation that comes with an aged veteran like this. Taste is of a nice high gravity, sugary brew with lots of malted barley and vanilla swirling around with some vanilla and cherry. Mouthfeel is full bodied with the sugary vanilla grabbing at my tastebuds on the finish.

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