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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Distinct sweet and complex flavor, this beer has been reserved and set aside for special occasions.

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3.4
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
I purchased this bottle at the Newark, DE location, but the label on the bottle says Wilmington. 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with glowing reddish highlights when held against a light. Moderate-large off-white head that faded to a film at mid-glass and left only a trace of lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and a bit of sweet orange. The flavor backs off a bit from the aroma, with caramel up front and a moderate alcohol flavor towards the finish. The alcohol flavor stregthens as the beer warms, and a definite alcohol burn develops as well. This is a decent barley wine, but it lacks the depth and mouthfeel I associate with better barley wines. The strong alcohol finish also detracts from the flavor.

3.8
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
Aroma is caramel toffee with slight fruitiness. Taste is fairly sweet with slight leather. Fairly high carbonation

3.4
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2008
750 ml bottle via trade a ways back, shared with my girlfriend Cyn after a day that really needed a beer to cap it off. Pours ruddy amber cloudy with not much air passing through. There is a nice tan head that follows. Nose is pretty dry and sweet with a variety of notes, that I can’t quite place. Taste is sweet, with a bit of fruity caramel edge and slight mouth burn on the back end. This is a pretty tasty barleywine, but its lacking depth, it has good aspects but they are limited. Overall worth having, surprised its only had such few ratings.

4
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
bottle cellared since dark lord day ’07...... reddish amber brown pour and looks somewhat fizzy and caronated. a frothy white one inch head tops it off.... aroma wasn’t what i was expecting. lots of fruit here. apple and sour grape notes and almost like it was aged in a oak barrel but i might just be trippin...... flavors are on the same wavelength which i am glad of. carbonation was at a nice level.....i was expecting a caramely malty barleywine and was much surprised by this fruity and refreshing and not entirely heavy barleywine.....a pleasant surprise!

4.6
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
One of the Top 5 beers I had at GABF. I do know that some of the "buzz" that was created at the fest about Iron Hill, was by me. I was camped out trying all 15 beers a few times over the sessions. This stuff was candy sweet, unlike anything I’ve tasted with huge vanilla and caramel flavors. I could have drank this all night. Freakin awesome.

3.7
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2013
The aroma is dried fruit, toasted malt. Not. Sweet or fruity as expected for an English barley wine. The appearance is amber, hazy, cream colored head. The flavor is fruit, caramel, toffee. The finish is sweet, bread, not bitter at all. Strange barley wine. Hopless, no bitterness. Not overly sweet. Enjoyable overall, though.

3.9
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
In bottle at Craig’s. A red-orange colour with a lacy beige head. Aroma of toffee, alcohol, caramel and candy sugar. Tastes fruity with a grainy barley character. Flavours of orange peel and chewy caramel. Foamy mouthfeel with some CO2 prickle. A great barley wine.

4.1
User37895 (3042) - - 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.

3
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
750 ml bottle via trade with hopdog - Pours a reddish-amber color with a thin off white head. Faint spotty lacing. It went South from here. I think the bottle was infected. Flavor was phenolic and bitter. Too bad. I was sitting on this bottle for quite some time and was looking forward to sharing it. Oh well, maybe I can get another bottle. Thanks Steve.

4.2
Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Not entirely sure of the vintage. Purchased in 2009 and it was already on age then. Either a 2009 or 2008. Good sized head for a barleywine. Thin and consists of small and very dense bubbles. Fantastic carbonation keeps a thin sheen of foam on the surface. They got the carbonation level perfect with this one. Looks like liquid caramel in the glass. Sweet and malty aroma with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some vanilla and dough. Powerful flavor with lots more caramel and sweet malts. Big, thick and chewey palate with a bit of raisin flavor late swallow. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Goes down super smooth but with a bit of fizz in the mouth. Finishes sweet and warm. This is a fantastic barleywine. A little lax onthe hops and bitterness but I am sure that it was planned that way.


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