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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tawny brown in color with an intense, rich, hearty malt flavor and warming characteristics. The bold maltiness is balanced by liberal amounts of hops. Aged for a minimum of seven months before being tapped each year.

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3.8
Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
On tap @ GABF 2007 (2005 vintage) poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, carmel, toffee, light mollases and a hint of spice. Palate was full bodied smooth and slightly dry. Flavors of dark bread, carmel, light notes of dark fruit and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.

3.9
Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 On draught at the brewpub in Kailua, served in a snifter. The beer pours a hazed mahogany color with an amber tinge. Thick and fluffy off-white head that burns away slowly. Large sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Bready malt, hops and caramel aroma. Rich and smooth body with a bold caramel malt character along with flavors of fruit, hops and a touch of chocolate. The finish is malty with a fig and caramel note left over. Pretty good all around.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"more of the english style...more malt, less hops, very dark. nice balance here, and the alcohol presence asserts itself. overall, a good, if not spactacular barleywine."

3.5
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Tap. Apricot/raisin malt aroma with a hint of alcohol. Brown amber color with a moderate head. Dried apricot/prune flavor with a moderate astringent alcohol finish. Very nice barleywine - a little hard to fully appreciate though when its 80 degrees outside though.

4.2
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/13/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF

muddy dark amber, fine beige head, big sweet malt aroma with lots of brown sugar character and a touch of fruit balanced by earthy hops, big body, rich malt flavor, lots of sweet dark caramel and brown sugar balanced by lasting earthy bitterness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

3.5
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Draft. Rich bronze color with a nice off-white head. Malty, fruity, earthy aroma. Malty flavor with summer fruits and some raisins. Lingering peach/appricot with malt backing.

3.6
drowland (9077) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Had this on tap at the Kona brewpub after a tour of the place while vacationing in Hawaii. This was definitely one of their better brews and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at the 2007 GABF: Transparent mahogany with a wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of nice fresh, grapefruity hops and sweet caramel malt. Full, sweet body has some light fruity esters and complexity and bittering hops toward a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty nice barleywine.

3.8
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Deep amber/bronze with creamy tan head and lace. Raisins, brown sugar, and caramel malt. Dried fruit, sweet malt, and a good resin bitter. Just a nice slight warmth from the abv. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Complex, smooth, and for real. Nice beer.

3.5
hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
This was a drsft pour at the Brewpub in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. In the glass came a red with a tan head. Nose of rich caramel malts and some citrus and ripe fruit. Alcohol for sure. Medium in body and a very alcoholic mouthfeel. Flavor is fruity with s good dose of citrus hops. Finish is bitter and again alcohol dominates. Good barley wine except I could have done with a bit less alcohol as you might have guessed.


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