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RATINGS: 88   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle at cgarvieuks. Very cloudy copper/amber colour with a small head. Raisins, plum, booze on the nose. Thick, sweet palate with a long, sweet, warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Wilmington. Pours a deep garnet with little head. Aroma is very malty and fruity, like sweet dark berries. Flavor much of the same, a big sticky maltiness with a subtle hop profile lingering in the background and finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
bottle thanks to Daniel, I believe, shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of caramel and overripe fruit. Taste is the same caramel, overripe fruit and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Less mouthfeel than expected from a barleywine. Definitely less than expected. Glad I didnt pay for it as Ive come to expect that Iron Hill charges premium prices for less than premium beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2008
Tap at Wilmington location, called Old Tom. Cloudy orange color. Aroma was very slanted towards fruit (dates, candied apricots, pears),. Was sweet with some toffee and brown sugar. A little bit of tang in the texture. Not a lot of hop character,. Really liked the taste..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a thick and syrupy brown color body with a small tan head. Sweet carmel aroma. Flavors are carmel, brown sugar, and some oranges in the finish. Alcohol definately present but mellows in a few minutes. Very good b/w.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
a nice amber color with no real head. but this bad boy seems a bit infected. just a little off. a little better as it warms but justoff. a bit funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Draft at Phoenixville location...Caramel colored, cloudy and dark with a small beige head...aromas of sweet malts and a touch of caramel, some vanilla and alcohol as well...thick mouth feel...sticky and creamy....the initial sip is sweet then alcohol dominates the palate, followed by a figgy date taste and a slight hop finish a pretty bland barley as far as complexity goes....andouie sausage goes well with this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (601) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange amber. Malty and fruity aroma. Really wonderful flavor profile: not overbearingly dark malt, but with a beautifully balanced, sweet, elegant, citrusy affect. Love it. This has a fruitcake-like quality to it, and a definite caramel-cherry presence. Bubblegum. The Iron Hill bottles are so freakin good. The balance and sweet nuance of this is just awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Big thanks to GMCC2181 for sending this one my way. Had this the same night as a bunch of rare beers, and this stood up to the big boys. Nice and subtle, but complex. Aroma is malt and yeast, with maybe even notes of nuts. Flavor is malt and hops; not too big, but full of character. Not too hot, not too watery. A fantastic session barleywine, and a nice representation of the style. Thanks again Gabe!

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