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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This classic English-style Barleywine is full bodied, has a pronounced complex malt sweetness that is balanced beautifully by the dryness imparted by the oak. A slight tart sourness rounds out this complex beast.

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hopdog (13374) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
On tap at Iron Hill NW location. Poured a copperish color with a thin sized off white head. Some funk, caramel, dark fruits. Had this after 2 other sour versions of their beers and this was 3rd (with a 4 rating, that is not bad).
Earlier Rating: 10/29/2008 Total Score: 4.8
On tap at the Wilmington location. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, dark fruits, brett, wood (came out more as I drank it), fruity, some smokiness, and some citrus. Tastes of vanilla, wood, citrus, brett, dark fruits, and caramel. Smooth body with the alcohol content hidden. Too easy to drink. Damn this beer was good.

bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(Hand bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a small head. Aroma of vinous, caramel, oak, herbs, and brandy. Flavor of cherry, oak, florals, brandy, raisins, caramel, and grass.

Slatetank (19) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
thanks to weeare138 for sharing this, I was wowed, a brett quadruple -what a unique adventurous and inspiring brew. Enjoyed cool in a tulip A a lively caramel w/ small cream cap in the appearance -no crystal clear, but looks very nice in the glass, the retention is decent. The smell is off the charts - wonderful aromas of rainer cherry, golden and granny smith apples and slight earthy compliment, mild floral and herbal tinges from the brett -wow. The feel is sweet, fruity and mildly acidic with the funk effect noticeable in texture. There is still a mild sweetness so I would say finish is more semi dry. The taste is wonderful with the juicy apple tart berry and light grape notes blending well in this with the slightly fruity tang of wild yeast blending with spice and slight caramel from the malt foundation. the light funky rounds out the flavor adding complexity to the sour tinges and gentle fruitiness. To say this was drinkable is an understatement. The sour flavor is equisite - it does exactly what is needed without going overboard, the nuances are so plentiful and complexity is huge in this -top notch Iron Hill!

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
500ml swingtop via a trade. Opens with a reassuring hiss. Pours with a murky orange-brown body and a small tan head with a bit of alcohol legs on top. Aromas of oak, possibly red wine, tannins, a light tartness, caramel, toffee and chestnuts. Light notes of tobacco and ethanol. Slightly corky. Flavors of a bit tannic, bitter, tobacco, oak, light currant and berry. Musty, cherry, lightly funky. Medium to light carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Probably similar to an authentic (old fashioned) english old ale or stock ale.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2010
12oz handbottle, thanks anonymous. Small beige head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, Brandy. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some Brandy, light tart. Medium-full body, low stickiness

bierkoning (13949) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2010
Hand bottled by Dickinsonbeer, thanks! Dark amber color. Oak, raisin and dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet flavor, vinous, oaky and malty with lots of dried peach, lemon, raspberry, brandy notes and fairly well hidden alcohol. Burning brandy in the finish. Lovely!

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Hand bottle from TheEpeeist. What a treat! Hazy amber pour with a great fluffy tan head. Aroma is so complex. Booze, fresh oak, funk, cheese, lemony notes and yeast. Flavor is sweet/tart with tons of oak, fruit, yeast, lemon, wet earth...damn this one has stood the test of time and then some! WOW!!

bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
12-oz hand-bottle. Thanks, Riverside! Pours cloudy dark amber with a lacy ring of foam. Sour cherry and barnyard funk and oak aroma. Creamy medium body. Sweet-tart taste of caramel, almond, and funk. This is a barleywine???

kramer (6989) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Handbottle, via axilla. Pours a hazy amber body with a small fleeting beige head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is very bretty, actually overpowering the big malt bill. Grape and plum fruitiness with oak, light bourbon, and caramel malt. No noticeable alcohol on the nose. The flavor is just a great melding of the brett and toffee maltiness, balanced with a bit of oaky dryness. Zero alcohol apparency, just a light warmth to the finish. Virtually zero residual sugars left in this guy. This might be one of the brettiest beers I’ve had. The high attenuation keeps this 10.5% beast pretty light on the palate with zero stickiness, unlike what you might expect from a Barley Wine like this. The mouthfeel is just awesome on this one. Overall, a unique beer to be sure, I hope that they make this one again.

SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
growler - thanks to bvc for sharing this interesting (to say the least) beer; dark amber with slight tan head; initial aroma is mainly of dirty feet; lots of funk, dirt and pooh; drinks quite nice considering the off-putting aromas; texture is thin and sweet; wood, sugar, tartness; the barley wine seems to have disappeared for the most part; over a few glasses, this really started to grow on us; glad we had a growler to allow for multiple samples; still the aromas were quite awful

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