RATINGS: 1055   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.

Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 30, 2017
From Jul 2008

This pours a clear amber with a 1 fin..err..1/2"...errr...well, it *was* there but now the foam is just a small ring around the glass with pretty much no lacing. Nice colour, terrible foam retention.

The smell is light for a BWSA. I get small notes of caramel malt and hops.

The taste is at least good. Caramel malt dominates but there's some hop bitterness in the background that helps with the balance some. And...the alcohol is pretty noticeable as a slight burn in the throat and some warming after the swallow.

The more I sip, the sweeter this becomes and even for me, and I love good malty BWSAs, it becomes just a tad too sweet. Cuts down on the drinkablity for me; that and the alcohol. Good thickish mouthfeel though.

Overall, I think it's an ok example of the style but I don't think I'd bother to get any more. It's just not up *my* alley.

patrick767 (4403) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2017
bottle - Deep amber pour, small head, malty, caramel, boozy aroma. Flavor is sweet with caramel and toffee, a bit of dark fruit, alcohol, and some fading resinous hops bitterness. Full body. Very good.

jandd1983 (4637) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, citrus and figs. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, toffee, mild citrus, figs with a nice balanced bitter finish.

AndySnow (8171) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2017
How: Bottle.

Where: Systembolaget.

Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a tan head.

Aroma: Liquroice, alcohol, fruit.

Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.

Flavour: Liquorice, alcohol, malt, some fruit.

Comment: Too heavy on the liquorice.

BelgianBeerGal (4175) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle probably 6-9 or more months old. Sitting enjoying the single night of winter in Florida with a fire burning. Fairly classic American styled barleywine: light toffee and caramel sweetness, with some warming booze and light bitterness for balance. Pleasant and enjoyable.

melush (4816) - SPAIN - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle 65
@ Friendly Greek, Lancaster, PA, USA.
A: Reddish amber
T: Malt, caramel, raisins, alcohol, slightly hoppy.

Unde (1162) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Reddish brown colour with beige head on top leaving lacing behind. Aroma has caramel malts, toffee, sweetness with pines and grapefruit too. Forest notes when combined with sweetness. Taste has lots of caramel and toffee with malt flavour, then comes pine and grapefruit hops with some grassy notes. Fullish body and medium carbonation. Sweeter barley wine.

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DrnkMcDermott (3160) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2016 3,000th Rating! 2004 vintage! That’s right, I’m drinking an entire bomber of 12 year-old-Gnarly Wine, which was to celebrate having over 600 likes on my Facebook page. Right up front, there’s little complexity to this beer. No marvelous new or unusual blends of hop and malt. But I’m happy that this Barley Wine has been in my "beer cellar" for 12 years, through two moves, flooding, and summer temperatures, and this is still splendid. A tan fizzy head over a deep garnet body. The smell is an easy note of sherry with some toasty malts in the background. I get the same thing in the taste. With a cellared beer, I’m afraid of phenol from aged malts, but there’s none of this here. Just some strong caramel malts in a still fizzy beer. Should be overly sweet, but there is still some hop bitterness to keep that in check. It has aged splendidly, and I recall this was pretty reasonably priced at the time. Another one to build a nice vertical for.

Adamsville (399) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
Bue après près d’un an.
Apparence : Orange foncée, reflets rougeâtres, effervescence moyenne et lente, limpide, col beige foncé moyennement large, belle retenue, belle dentelle.

Nez : Caramel alcoolisé, légers agrumes en première vague qui s’effacent peu à peu, aspects résineux, fruits séchés en arrière-plan qui prennent de l’importance alors que les agrumes s’atténuent.

Goût : Caramel, sucrée, très sucrée même (sans être trop sucrée), fruits séchés (dattes surtout, figues présentes), amertume résineuse contrôlée, finale un peu alcoolisée.

Sensation : Corps moyen, effervescence faible, ronde, chaleur d’alcool moyenne. Finale moyennement longue dominée par le côté caramélisé soutenue par une faible amertume et pointe d’alcool accompagnée de sa chaleur.

Bref : Avec un an de vieillissement, on a un BarleyWine dont les accents sont réellement sur le malt caramélisé et sucré et les fruits séchés, le tout soutenu par une amertume intéressante, mais certainement diminuée depuis qu’elle a été embouteillée. Seuls les arômes résineux trahissent son style américain. Très intense, le sucre ressort sans pour autant être dérangeant. Ce n’est par contre par la bière la plus complexe. Ce n’est pas non plus la bière présentant la texture en bouche la plus intéressante, surtout pour un BarleyWine de 10,6%. L’effervescence est adéquate, mais le corps lui, un peu mince. Ceci étant dit, c’est une bière qui se boit très bien et qui ne laisse pas paraître son haut taux alcoolisé.

bigben873 (262) - Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Nice smooth and malty, a little American hoppy malt versus English for me to absolutely love.

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