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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A strong ale which has a deep amber color. The bouquet and aroma is full and fruity, with a smooth, round and vinous taste.

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3.7
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Dark garnet body with a small eggshell head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma is filled with caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Flavor shows lots of dark fruit along with toffee and honey. Not extremely complex but dangerously drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. Pretty good.

3.9
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Rich body with flavors of sweet caramel, grainy malt and resiny hops.The finish is hoppy with a fruity aftertaste. Good Barley Wine overall.

3.9
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a red tinge with a small tan head. Aroma is raisins, figs, candi sugar, brown sugar, dark fruits, wine like vinous notes. Flavor is raisin puree, spices, candi sugar, dark fruits, cherries, tobacco, some faded hop bitterness and alcohol. Slick mouthfeel coats, then finishes with dark fruits, faded hops and alcohol. Tasty Beverage Indeed.

3.6
arminjewell (9664) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours reddish brown with thick white head, aroma is caramel, some apricot, touch of hops, and some biscuity malt. Taste is a bit fruity and hoppy up front, leading into caramel, apricot, some bread and even nuts, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Pretty good, but nothing outstanding about it.

3.8
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish hued, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet fruity and malty nose.   Has aspects of pear and apple on the nose.   Hop aroma, very light.   Rather fruity on the tongue.   Malty, but not terribly heavy.   Hops are very subtle, almost nil.   Lots of apple and pear skin from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Could stand to be a little bit heaftier.   As is its very smooth, not overly sweet.   Good Barley Wine, even if a little softer than most.   Welcome change compared to most of the PNW examples that can be brash.


3.5
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
chocolately molasses and a touch sour in the nose. Aromatic... roasted malts and some grassiness.

4
AdamDaily (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
I loved this barleywine. It’s sweet, but I like a real sweet brew from time to time. It’s a nice dark brown, with a full body and thick mouthfeel. The aroma leaves something to be desired; that’s where the alcohol makes itself known. The first taste Is caramel, fig, toasted nut, and a dull orange flavor (not tangy.) As I progress through the beer, there’s more coffee there. I didn’t find the finish very dry at all. It’s a pretty sticky brew the whole way through. It’s highly drinkable/enjoyable, and despite the fairly high ABV, I never felt like I was getting my ass kicked. Fantastic.

3.5
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
22oz from Healthy Spirits. Enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! Fairly bright brown pour, lively bubbles and a crisp head. Abundant aroma of toffee malts and port-like fruits, suggesting a youthful English style barleywine. Body was medium, with a crisp semi-dry finish that seemed a tad disjointed given how confection-like the beer tasted. Nice flavors of plum and fig in the general malty mix, with some faintly detectable hops and a bit of oak and leather for character. A decent enough version of the style but not so memorable in the end.

4.2
doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark brown color with thick head. Robust floral bouquet mixed with with strong and sweet malty aroma. Taste of raisins, port, fresh bread with plenty of hops at the end to balance out the strong alcohol.

3.4
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Pours a brownish-amber color topped with a thin foam that tapers off to the sides. Cherries, plums, red licorice, toffee in the aroma. For the most part the flavor follows with no real surprise although here I pick up; dough, sweet toffee, brown sugar, plums, with light citrus hops in the finish. A little too sweet and cloying. This lacks excitement, and is too sugary, but still a decent drinking barleywine.


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