RATINGS: 1069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Nice deep amber hue with a slighty cloudy appearance. Great balance of fruit and malt with a nice taste of hops. Doesn’t really give in to the alcohol until the end. Good overall taste. Nice to have a barley wine without the total bite of alcohol. Well balanced.

Tide (4752) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2018 Draught at Brouwers Cafe. Brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with toffee, dried fruits, pine, resin, nuts, toast and a bit of ripe fruits. Bitter finish with citrus, toffee, dried fruits, caramel, resin, pine and toast. Excellent barley wine.

Dacrza (1094) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2018
DATE: February 13, 2018... OCCASION: a clean sweep of basketball tonight for the boys... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours a dark mahogany amber body with a profusion of bubbles driving through its center... head is white, creamy, and displaying good retention... a ring of white coral symmetrically adorns the lip... roasted malts, sweet toffee, light citrus hops, grape and raisin, and that unmistakable phenolic heat... a formidable bouquet... the first sip is robust yet controlled, a full-bodied, throaty, warming presence that is also creamy and welcoming--dangerously so...the teeth tingle with hops presence, but the allure is in its style--a winelike draw, sweet and substantial, with grape, raisin, fig, the slightest hint of alcoholic heat, with the toasted malts reforming at its finish... a wonderful interpretation of the style, with a weighty but surreptitious ABV--like a good wine, it hides its intentions well... still frames nicely at its end, with a swirl of heady haze and a cloak of lace high... does Lagunitas deliver? Is a bomber of this worth the price? Yes and yes...

BenDover (236) - Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2018
Pours a transparent dark orange, huge amount of carbonation. Thick head of yellow-tan foam. Aroma is yeasty/bready. Taste is malty and sweet with a bitter hoppy finish, but perhaps just a tad subdued for a barleywine, not very in-your-face.

GenDV138 (8058) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2018
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer, thanks Tyler! 2017 vintage. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of malt, caramel, floral, booze. Tastes of floral, malt, citrus, booze. Medium body with a dry finish.

chicagobears (494) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2018
Pours dark amber with white pillowing head. The aroma is intense, toffee, vanilla and burnt pine tar. Very complex in the nose. I have a feeling this will be very sweet... Flavor is piercing pine needles, vanilla extract, marshmallow, and cream toffee. Palate is slightly hot and very syrupy sweet. Absolute intense flavors. Barleywines continue to be one of the most fun styles to try.

ricke49 (116) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2018
Best bargain Barleywine on the market. For an American bw not overly hoppy (a plus in my book, as I prefer English bw). Leather, tobacco, dark fruits and other flavors appear in sequence. Light to moderate alcohol burn, but well within the overall flavor profile. At less than 11 abv this almost qualifies as a sessionable bw, if enjoyed over an extended period. Tip of the hat to Lagunitas for providing a very good Barleywine without soaking the wallet.

Bebum (1163) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2018
Clear, dark amber, covering lace. Full body, silky texture, very flavorful, hot and well carbonated mouthfeel, Bittersweet, good balance. Malty, hoppy, resinous, caramel, herbal. Typical, wonderful, complete. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jmgreenuk (10692) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 1, 2018
Tap at the Great Northern Hotel, Melbourne. Poured a murky light orange brown colour with a frothy white head. The aroma is grainy biscuit dough malt, toffee, butterscotch, sweet tropical fruits, boozy alcohol. The flavour is strong to moderate sweet with a smooth rich, sticky toffee pudding, woody boozy alcoholic bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

koleminer20 (4371) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2018
From notes. 2-man share at Mr. ebone1988’s abode on January 20. 22 oz bottle shared by Eric. The pour is a dark amber red, lots of brightness to this one. There is a thinner almost grey colored head that fades away to nothing with a couple spots of lace. The aroma is not good. There is a heavy hop to this, a ton of booze, and a light bitterness on the finish of pine resin. There is a light tropical fruit, and hardly any damn caramel malt. Fuck. The flavor is much of the same. The boozy hop and pine resin resonate throughout with a light sweetness and hint of toffee on the back end. The mouth feel is medium, very softly carbonated, with a syrupy booze on the back end. This is not good at all, but I will say, I suppose there are worse ways to spend $4.50. Plus, enough will get you drunk, I guess. 6 3 6 4 13

arone12 (937) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2018
Pours a coppery reddish brown color. Smells malty with some brown sugar and a slight amount of piney hops. Taste has more of a hoppy flavor than the aroma suggests. Good malty backbone with oaky floral notes. Good beer

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