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58
style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Just a hint of alcohol and fruit. Little or no head. Cloudy amber color. Fruity and bitter taste. Very weak for a barley wine and I dont think it because of the organic products they used.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Aroma was carmelly,chocolate,of medium strength, chill hazed amber orange color, red licoricey sweet malt taste,with a sweet chewy red fruit middle,touch of bitterness at the end. Alcohol makes brief appearance in swallow. Nice enough,but just lacks the bigger body and complexity to be a great bw

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a very small off white head. Aroma was sweet and fruity, caramel, gapes and the alchol as it warmed. Flavors of the same. Was picking up some light bitterness from the hops. A solid BW, would like to see how this one played out as it aged.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4173) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2006 Cloudy, dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity with citrus and taste is hoppy with a grapefruit tang and a slighty bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
caramel, butterscotch, alcohol, sugar in the aroma. no head. very sweet, with mettalic taste. grapefruit.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
brown body with no head.aroma and flavor were on the metalic side.sor of a "lipstick" flavor commning through.not really my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MLdragoon (14) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle, 2000 harvest. Dark amber and cloudy w/ light brown head disapearing to a few bubbles. Sweet malty aroma. Malty taste with tobacco and oak, slightly sweet. Nice smooth finish. High gravity with out being to boozy tasting. Not bad at all, goes right to the head, rather drinkable. *Designer note* I kind of like the packaging for this brew, a nice homey wood block illustration on natural colored label. Not flashy but stood off of the shelf amidst some of the design disasters that exist in craft brew packaging.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Draft. Reddish, dark-amber color with a nice off-white head. Sweet malt and orange aroma. Nice sweet malt and big orange and resin flavor. Full bodied. Hoppy barleywine - nothing too overwhelming, but somethign that can easily be sipped.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pours a deep copper amber with a very quick tan head. Nose is heavy with earthy citrusy hops. There are heavy sweet notes in the nose from the malts. Flavor is actually very subdued. Thick sweet caramel maltiness with a rock solid hop bitterness. Unexpected and nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
John Barleycorn 2001 vintage pours to a beautiful, deep caramel/ruby red color with a slight tan head that quickly fades and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer grabs your attention as soon as you pop the cap. Very fragrant, zesty, spicy waves of Saaz hop aromas, marry with touches of citric/orange aromas, and an underpinning of sweet malt aroma. The palate is soft and fat on the tongue, with lots of big sweet and caramel malt flavors, fresh bread, and slight toffee and estery flavor. The body is big on this beer, but not too brawny as it softly glides over the tongue. This beer finishes malty up front, then ends with a very zesty, grassy, hop bite paired with a nice warming alcohol burn that lingers. This was a very unique and special barleywine. The 2001 vintage has a wonderful Saaz hop character in aroma and bitterness, coming in at a mighty 60 IBUs. It also has a sold malt back bone, giving that big hop character some balance, and a nice wallop of alcohol strength(9% abv), makes it a warming, comforting brew. Five years of age on this beer has mellowed that intense hop character and more complex malt flavors and aromas have come out.


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