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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Single bottle found at Cable Beverage, Nanuet, NY. I may also have had this on tap back during the Spring of 2012 at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. When I found this at Cable Beverage though I wasnt sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I dont care to mix my beloved DIPAs with my beloved British barleywines. (American barleywines are usually hopped up compared to the British.) So it was a very pleasant surprise to open this bottle and find that it was only moderately hoppy. The head was only about an inch deep and dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing on the glass was slight to say the least but I have no problem with that. The smell -- molasses, raisins, dark fruit. The taste -- molasses, slightly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness to make it welcome as a dessert or after dinner beer or a nice mid-afternoon refresher. Was there some real age on this bottle to make it less hoppy and thus more pleasant? I dont know. I do know that I want to get some more and open my mind to more American barleywines. This was a real pleasant surprise and Im glad I found it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christos (5466) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2017
(Mad River John Barleycorn) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a teku, ABV 10% Vintage 2014. Deep mahogany brown colour on the body, mostly clear, with a tall but thin dark beige head, average retention. Aroma has light caramel, dates, plums, nice hoppy notes. Taste is sweet, with caramel, toffee, dark fruits, little bit of raisins biscuit, just a hint of alcohol, hops and a nice bitterness on the finish. Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3276) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle at Boothill, Amersfoort. Dark pale amber brown with almost no head. Full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitter tones. Caramel, ripe dark fruits, raisin and malts. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (981) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
2016 version at 10% ABV. Strong molasses aroma along with a bit of burnt sugar. Appears to be a medium brown color but under bright light its a nice reddish orange. Unfortunately, the burnt sugar comes through much stronger in the taste with an acrid note that builds as you go. Theres some good dry leaf and earthy hop bitterness here, but it adds to (or might be a major component of) the burned flavor here. Fortunately, a delicious honey/caramel/molasses sweetness comes in and at least attempts to balance this out. In the end, the flavor mellows a bit although a strong alcohol bite comes through and heats things up. Lasting bitterness and dark honey sweetness. Ive had previous versions of John Barleycorn and I think they were better balanced than this version since I remember wanting more of them. This ones not bad, but its not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1944) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2017
Geen geweldige barleywine. Behoorlijk bitter, veel koolzuur. Tegenvaller...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (4234) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2017
2014 vintage. Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Aroma is sweet malt, grain, caramel, toffee, hoppy notes in the finish, touch of berries, caramelized sugar, alcohol. Flavour is sweet and moderate to medium hoppy bitter with a bittersweet finish. Quite boozy with alcohol burn. Body is above medium. Okay drinkable, but kind of rough harsh sugary malt boozy Barleywine, not my favourite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zdk (1915) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2017
2008. Burgundy pour. Very much passed its peak... if it ever had one. Nose is butter and corn, burnt caramel and toffee malts. Roasted nuts and toasted malts. Some sulfur coming out at the back. Dry finish. Full bodied and a bit skunky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvNa (253) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2017 Bottle. Vintage 2014. Color: Ruby, almost no head. Taste: Sweet malts, alcohol, sticky toffee, grainy. Hints of red fruit. More hoppy and some spicy and citrus notes at the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6095) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Umber color with a diminished taupe head. Sweet aromas of over ripe fruit, dark toffee and hints of citric zest. Sweet start with a mild resin middle. Simple, snifter and fire brew. 1/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekboniek (679) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Butelka. Barwa ciemno miedziana, bursztynowa, klarowna. Brak piany. Aromat średnio intensywny. Duże nut estrowych ( jeżyny, wiśnie), pojawiaj się nuty karmelu, przypieczonego tostu. W smaku dominacja owocw. Spora goryczka, średnio zalegająca w postaci owocw. Alkohol dobrze ukryty, pojawia się dopiero pod koniec lekko drażniąc przełyk. Nasycenie średnie. Podsumowując BW, ktry nie porywa a w cenie o wiele niżej można raczyć się czymś zdecydowanie zacniejszym tj. Boommen&Granaten.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
creppyiceman (757) - POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
(Bottle) Aroma:esters,sweet caramel,honey,cherry. Appearance:amber,small yellowish head. Taste:medium sweet,flavour of caramel,honey and esters,sweet finish. Palate:medium body,low carbonation,boozy. Overall:Decent one.

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