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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2004
12oz bottle, 2002 bottling When I first had this one back in 2002 it surprised me, I thought it was rather good, so I grabbed a bottle to stash...and now Im cracking it...pours(cellar temp) with a bit of head, lazy carbonation, nice deep brown/brugundy color. Big nose of malt, carmel, nuts, cherries?? or berries Drinks full bodied, finishes tight, not leaving a lot lingering behind. Not overly bitter or sweet for a beer this size, but I do get some nice PNW hops stepping up in the finish, not the piney type, more of the fruity(Id guess Columbus or cascade??). Its a bit sticky.. The flavor is the nose...with more hops thrown in. This isnt as massively hopped as Bigfoot, Im tempted to call it mellow and malty, but those hops are still there. It does seem to be on the "lighter" side of the american BWs Ive had, which is maybe why it stood out to me before, it certainly does now...this one has stood up well, and I wish I had bought a couple more!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Chesnut color with a thin white head. Moderatley sweet malt aroma with some caramel and citrus fruits. Sweet and malty, some plum, a good dose of hops comes through late.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Hazy burgundy hue, a cloudy crimson, with a slim helping of whitish foam. Nose is rich, bold, and fruity, giving alcohol notes from the start, ripe berries and cherries, grape and plum, lush and leathery...perfect fit for a barleywine, very, very nice... Taste is full and flush with flavor, tangy and the slightest bit tart, ultimately well-rounded...mighty mellow,...this is an exemplary old ale, by anyones reckoning, and by mine, its a winner. The 9% is there, but doesnt intrude, and slips through slyly...a restive nightcap this, and very tasty, highly rewarding. John Barleycorn must live! (had to do that...forgive me...)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
Since I have barleywines few and far between, and when I do have them its quite an amazing experience, I was looking forward to this ale. Unfortunately, it did not pack the incredible punch some of my previous barleywine offerings have. Nonetheless, it comes from organic barley and for 9%, the aftertaste is really crisp and light. So in that respect, its pretty amazing. I guess the best way to describe this beer is not as barleywine but more as a rich fruit beer almost, because if I view it that way, I can respect it a whole hell of a lot more. The more I drink it, the more I enjoy it, so in the end it will undoubtedly receive rave reviews.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Malty, lordly syrup. Viscous and corroded like battery fluid. Headless and suspended in the weightless zone of thick gooey malty vacuous space. Voraciously woody nose. Oaky and caramelly all at once. The viscosity is terrifying and certainly drowns out all hope of escape. The hops and malts swim and writhe against one another like a glass case full of wet eels. Sweetly cardboard-like. Cotton candy aroma. Primarily corn and saccharine sweetness. This fades into a very hoppy, rusted and oaky flavor. This is one deep monster full of both England and America. Viscosity and destruction. Good, if notslightly overwhelming unbalanced, barleywine. G-rat

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
Nice Brownish-orange colou for this IPA. whats that you say...its not an IPA? Hmmm. Hoppy and citrusy on the nose. Lets give it a taste. Sharp alcohol and light hops but also now some caramel and maltiness - smooth and easy-drinking. Youre right - it is a barleywine after all. Not bad but not powerful enough and complex enough for a killer score. Id drink it again though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2710) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2002 vintage: Clear rusty orange. Thick, pasty, rocky ivory blanket of foam. Fluffy malt aroma interwoven with overripe white grapes, orange rind, mixed berries, and lightly-toffeed malt hulls. Very airy, as well, with mellow notes of waxed plums, perfume, figs, graham, and sherry. Pillowy soft, creamy carbonation. Extremely mellow first sip yields notes of caramel-doused raisins, which effortlessly glide across the palate alongside underlying richness of melted figs, plums, unsweetened chocolate, and a cookie malt base. Zero acidity to speak of and a mere trace of oxidized malt flavors. Remarkably clean and focused with cedary malt tones, vanilla, and spicy anise esters. Flower petals and fresh passionfruit soften the body, but are somewhat sharpened by a dash of roasted malt astringency and tobacco. Earthy bitterness continually lurks at the back of the throat and climaxes in the finish, kissed with leather and a lush bready malt overlay. Two years of cellar time has worked wonders on this. Very decadent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a small ivory head that falls very fast. Sweet carmamel aroma, very malty with a little bit of alcohol shining through. Taste is rich and malty with a ton of caramel mixed in with its smooth mouthfeel. Decent bitterness towards the end to balance it a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Dark brown orange color, almost no head, no lacing, very low carbonation. The aroma is sweet with molasses, fig and lots of malt base, mild alcohol and carbonation. The flavor is sweet and VERY rich and malty, a touch of hop bitterness to balance but barley enough to overcome the carbonation let along the sweetness. Finishes smoky and a bit aged; rounded but not perfect. A decent barleywine with some flaws but definately not boring or subtle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Dark ruby/orange. Light spotty lacing and no head really. Maybe a thin film. Big hop aromas. Bitter and some citrus. Sweet malt backing. Lots of caramel. Some roast. Some vinous qualites. Maybe a touch of wood. Flavor is big time bitter with alcohol backing. Tangy hops. Citrus and floral. Some figs. Caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Thick and chewy with a big finish of bitter alcohol.


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