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RATINGS: 604   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Pours a cloudy copper brown with a thin off-white head. Toasty sweet bready malty aroma with a hoppy presence and a touch of squash. Semi-sweet syrupy body with a pleasant dry hoppiness through. A decent barleywine, but could use some more complexity. Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Poured a mostly clear copper color. Aroma was malty, sweet, fruity and mildly alcoholic. Flavors of sweet malt, hop bitterness, alcohol, and lightly fruity. Medium bodied.

2001 Vintage: Poured a hazy amber color. Aroma of pineapple and sweet malt. Flavor was sweet and fruity. A little syrupy with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Murky and light brown in the pour. Malty alcohol aroma. Unfortunately, kind of a hint of "sweaty" aroma as well. Sweetness, spiciness and fig flavor. Fairly hoppy. Good balance, but somewhat mediciny in the flavor. Maybe with the off aroma and flavor, I got a bad bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2004 bottle - Malty! Long lasting head - off white. Cloudy brown (looked like liquid milk chocolate) Dry malty flavor. Needs time to sweeten A bit wooden or smokey flavor (couldnt tell which) Finished with light molassas undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Light brown/amber color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.Malty hoppy aroma with a light grapefruit side,and a slight Juicy Fruit gum smell as well.Hmmm.Malty flavor comes through at first then it switches quickly to a medium strngth hop taste that lastes for some time.This brew may be a little young because all i seem to get is a grapefruit and hops flavor throughout the tasting.Not bad but may need a little more bottle time to sweeten up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Poured a cloudy amber/orange with not much of a head. Sweet candy, fruity aroma. Flavor is about the same, but with some toffee, and bread also. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit cloying. Overall, for an organic barleywine this offering made me pretty happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2003 bottle sampled 12-21-04; Paid $2.10 for a 12-oz single. Deep rubyish brown with a small head. Smells very sweet and malty. Taste is alcohol-filled... quite complex, with sweetness up front, chocolate middle, coffee ending, and bitter licorice finish. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2004
pours a hazy dark orange with some bottom of the bottle floaties. aroma is very nice-rich toasty malt notes with some spicy hops and a little alcohol. flavor much like the nose-a very rich maltiness with a nice finishing hop and some alcohol warmth. goes down scary-easy for its size

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1459) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
2003 Bottle: Beer pours murky dark amber with a rapidly dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is rich, with notes of caramel, mellowed hops, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with caramel, alcohol and a spicy, peppery finish. This is not world class barleywine, in fact it seems to me to be more like and English strong and would rate more highly in that style catefory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle 12 oz. (Thanks BBB63). Small beige head. Semi-cloudy, amber body with floaties (particulate matter). Aroma is grainy, malty, caramel, and bread. Flavor is very malty, and there is not much on hops, but a very robust flavor. Very little alcohol in aftertaste--smooth.

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