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RATINGS: 603   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3369) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle, 2006 version,from Raleigh WholeFoods. Ok aroma. Sweet Kind of rum like, maybe I should say dark & stormy like, Little nutmeg, Caramel, canned tuna (yes I know what I typed) little orange. Dark brownish orange colr, small head that faded quickly, no lace. Sweet flavor, like aroma, but gets a graininess. little soapy, little woody too. Medium body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, dry woody finish. Huh, intersting. Not one Id run back for, but cant hate on it either.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Body, deep amber with brown hues, is very thick and syrupy looking. Very thin off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is caramel, glazed brown sugar, toasted grains, mellow hops with an orange oil citric tinge and alcohol that comes across resembling shoe polish. I just figured it out. this has the same aroma of a ten year old Bigfoot, with fresh shoes. Flavor is malty, toasty, moderately to heavily bitter and without any pleasing sense of fresh hoppiness. Mouthfeel is at first soft and sweet, then fades to an unruly bitterness, coupled with stale citrus. Finishes pale and timid, bitterness again a factor in quaffability. More malt and more hops in the boil with higher alpha acids would drastically improve the flavor. Wheres the complexity of years gone by?

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 2006 bottle courtesy boboski. Poured dark brown with ruby tints with a broken soapy white head. Heavy caramel malt with some spice in the nose. Aroma also possessed some sweetness. Thick palate. Vaguely hoppy in the taste, with an oddly sour and jumbled finish. The finish was so weak hop-wise and had that weird sour and alcohol tone, that it really detracted from the whole experience.
2007 bottle. Pretty much the same off-kilter finish as the 2006 bottle, but the 2007 bottle is not as bad. Bumped up the score a point for a little better experience.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Id been sitting on this beer awhile and decided to break it out during our tailgating frenzy at the Oakland Raiders homegame vs. Chefs. Yeah, we lost but damnit we drank some good beer. The beer really did strike me as being fairly bland. Nothing really setting itself apart from the other barleywines out there, but still was of enough quality to be drinkable. An aroma of sweet caramelly malts, fruit cocktail, a bit grapefruity and subtle molasses. Appearance was a hazy orange/caramel brown color, thin wispy head with barely any lacing. Flavor is melted caramel chews, with a subtle touch of some grapefruit. Sweet yet not overly sweet for a barleywine. Glad to have a few more bottles to finish off.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle poured into a snifter. Light head, minimal lacing. Nose is a faint, slightly grassy sweetness. Malts and hops are balanced nicely, the alcohol floats nicely along, and it adds up to an average barleywine. Note: certified organic grain, or hops, or whatever, does not in and of itself diminish or improve a beer. Its the same stuff, people; its just that in the making of it, its better for you and the planet.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Picked up a sixer of this at Holiday Wine Cellar. Clear copper brew. Sweet and malyt BW that has a bit of hoppiness . Not too bad but deserving of it percentile.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12 oz bottle - hazy light amber color with thin off white head. Aroma has sharp, herbal and slightly citrusy hops, light caramel. Flavor is full of chewy malts, medium toasted caramel, faint oak. Finish is mildly sweet. Overall decent.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (13176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2006 Bottle from Greenwood Gourmet Grocery in Greenwood near Crozet, VA. Pours brown with minimal head. Toffee-esque malty aroma with a bit of bitterness. Very earthy taste with a hoppy balance. Hops are still very assertive. Pleasant brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Amber colored, somewhat cloudy, pours with a tan colored head. Aroma of alcohol, carmel malt and bittering hops(probably British). Flavor is figs and twigs. Finish is dry. I'm going to struggle to finish this one.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Regular amber appearance and aroma. Syrupy, creamy and with a big robust and roasted west coast hop aroma. Quite strong, but not very complex. Stale and plain in the very carbonated finish.


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