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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
An epic barleywine, made in the tradition of British Farmhouse Brewing. Lavished with a velvety blend of six different malts this is a warming beer with a lush mouthfeel. The complexities your discriminating palate will detect are ever changing as this barleywine matures. When young, an assertive hop character predominates and with age the beauty of the big malt balance unfolds.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheHOFF43 (2046) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle shared by mista. Pours light brown with little aroma. Flavor was a typical barleywine. Not bad, had nice mouthfeel and was very drinkable. I didnt recognize the assertive hops or big malt balance described on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3061) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Way exceeded expectations. Not one of my favorite styles, usually too sickly sweet. This one has more of a hop edge at the end to dry and balance, more in the American Strong Ale style. Appearance is clear and reddish copper. Thick sudsy white head. Nose of toffee and a bit of butterscotch. Taste is full on sugar daddy. Would try again and might age one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3231) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle. Attractive looking mahogany-red pour under a long lasting soft tan head. The aroma is alive with gritty, barley grain, and sweet malts. A slight dark fruit character. No alcohol. Medium to full body. The taste has an acidic malty bitterness thatcoats the back of my throat. I pick up more alcohol in the taste that was evident on the nose. Lingers at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared by Usher. Pours a transparent amber with a slight ring of cream colored head. Aroma and taste of malts, caramel, with a nice booziness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours amber with a white head. Aromas of sugar, caramel, and grassy hops. Strong malt backbone, but fairly well balanced. Taste of earthy, grassy, flowery hops and a lingering bitterness. Medium body. It isnt the biggest barley wine, nor the best. Lacks in complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Being from Syracuse its nice knowing that when all other Barley wines are out of season you can always get a druid fluid. The funky yeast puts the citrus hop toffee aroma off a bit. The color is a little light, and the palate a little thin. Not as bitter as many making this always ready to drink. I wouldnt age this one for more than a year or two if I was going to at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Backlog rating on 12-25-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth ivory head with a long retention, amber transparent body, very fizzy, lively, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, hops, sweet, lightly fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is light hop bitterness, semi-sweet, malt, lightly fruity, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a slight warming sensation, but the flavor is rather lame for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2861) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring a little over a year and a half. Cloudy, dark coppery orange with a 2-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of pears, apples, oranges, mangos, apricots and toffee. Taste of toffee, tangerine, mint, apricot, raisins, apple cider, brown sugar and tart orange. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
06-Mar-14 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!)
Cellared for nine years, this beer is showing a lot of the characteristics I love in aged Barley Wines. Lots of toffee, dried apricot, caramel candy, medium-dark toast, and decayed wood, as well as a bit of unexpected bitterness that doesnt make sense for a nine-year-old Barley Wine. The aromas are as expected, though, with caramely malt, toffee, decayed wood, dried mushroom, and dried apricot and orange. The beer is medium-full in weight, possibly losing some body over the years, and carbonation is medium, but theres a bit of dusty astringency in the finish. In the glass, its a clear, copper-brown color with half an inch of pale-tan head, receding to a thin ring. Overall, this is good, but not great, mostly because of the slightly harsh and misplaced bitterness and the weird mouthfeel in the finish. At this age, though, its hard to hold any unusual "defects" against a beer, so a little leniency seems fair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Sampled at the JRHB bottleshare - would have sworn I had rated this before, but obviously hadnt. Medium to deep brown. Aroma caramel. Flavor is caramel, toffee, hint of grapefruit accented hops, but this was really all about malt. Nice barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7092) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Orange pour. Citrus. Then brown sugar comes out a bit and an overall sweetness. Really light malt build for barley wine. Dangerously drinkable at this abv.

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