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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Brewed in small 10-barrel batches with Certified Organic barley malt, this crimson hued ale has a sweet caramel nose with a zesty spicy, citrus taste. It has a slight hop finish and leaves a warm, tingling sensation on the tongue.A great winter warmer!

Malts Used: Organic Barley
Boiling Hops: Columbus, Brewers Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewers Gold, Perle

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ALLOVATE (2962) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2016
2013 vintage, 11.4% ABV.
At cellar temperature and into a snifter this one goes. Soft pffft as the cap releases; a rousing pour yields a tidy and tight off white crown atop a russet cola brown body that shimmers in the shallows. Richly sweet, burnt sugar and caramelised dark stonefruit on the nose with a hint of lavender, camphor, cough syrup, stewed rhubarb and earthy ochre. Wow, the first sip certainly shifted all that was my palate. Scorched, burnt, tannic and astringent come to mind but I gots ta focus on da flava yall! Yeah, no I cant!!! Burnt to almost acidic and scraping is the finish. Astringent and gaping like sucking on grapeskins. The flavour toffeeish but I think someone wasnt watching the pan and it ignited. Rubbery, phenolic and like burnt pastic; it is lasting without mercy. Alcohol? I wish, need something to soften the blow and this is three years cellared. Bit harsh to even respect the term wine let alone ale. Gammy, sickly sweet, viscous and residual to punish. Like sucking on a toffee that gets stuck on the roof of your mouth. Positives? Another ten years in the cellar. Negatives? Perhaps balance and definition. Disappointed! (12fl.Oz, The Intl Beer Shop, Leederville)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (1141) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle from Beltramos in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is caramel, malts, a bity booze, some herbal liqueur. Taste is a little dirty malts, earthy, herbal...a little bitter and weak on the finish. Nice herbal, earthiness with some herbal digestif qualities but a bit too boozy and not especially balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (2443) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 1, 2016
dark amber to reddish brown colour, large, dense yellowish-beige head; aroma of herbs, caramel, biscuits,orange zest, some floral and overripe tropical fruity notes; bittersweet taste with intensive herbal notes, overripe fruits, syrup and biscuits; not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6903) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2016
355ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear deep red color. Medium size, yellow head, stays. Sweet, nutty, hops, raisins, lemon peel in aroma. Bitter lemon peel, raisins, nut skins, sweet in taste. Dry mouthfeel. Raisins and oily walnuts in aftertaste. Bitter hops. Hops are kind of too strong and are killing some of the other things. Bit out of balance brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15154) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2016
355ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut! 2014 version
Very rich sweet malty aroma. Extremely hoppy bitter aroma too. Full sweet body, pleasant caramel and dark toffee. Lovely resiny hoppy finish. Sweet and succulent. Alcohol isnt hidden, but not obvious either. Would like another in 5 years time, this could mellow beautifully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (3681) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle (abv 10%, 2014 vintage, from firma bier). Pours copper with beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruits. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, caramel, fruits, bit stick. Finish is sweet and dry bitter. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (3254) - ESTONIA - APR 23, 2016
Bottle shared by Mart. Red amber beer, off-white head. Nose is caramel and citric hops, fruity notes, sweetness. Flavor is hoppy, herbal notes, oranges, toffee and dark fruit. Hoppy finish, citrus, resin, pine. Lingering piney resin and oranges. Has a few rough edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9774) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2016
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark red color with a small head. Quite piney and resinous aroma, some hop notes, sweet ripe fruits, caramel and some subtle licorice. Flavor is slightly sweet with caramel and malts, wooden dry tingly notes, licorice lingers long on the aftertaste, very mild alcohol warmth at the end. Good but feels slightly raw, even thin, could be smoother, probably doesnt improve with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12928) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. dark amber color. Plums and grassy herbal hops in both aroma and flavor. Malty sweetish, soft vinous notes. Woody finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh (Triangle Town Center). 2014 bottle, 10% ABV. Muddy, brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of caramel and graham cracker, mostly, with orange peel and tangerine notes. Taste features more of the same with citrus hops upfront followed by an assertive sweet malt finish of toffee and caramel. Moderate alcohol warmth. A nicely done barleywine.

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