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RATINGS: 89   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
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium tan head....nice color and decent lacing and retention. Aroma has lots of dark fruit...sticky hoppiness. Flavor is pretty sweet...fruity...candied fruit...with just a touch of earthy bitterness and the faintest hint of leather. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a warming fruity/earthy dry finish.

3.8
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.

3.4
beerbill (3619) - 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 (3431) - 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 (3367) - 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 (3235) - 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 (3145) - 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.

4.1
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.

3.9
Benjii (3050) - 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.


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