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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Barleywine is a rich and heavy ale brewed to a high gravity. Massive body, mouthfeel and hoppiness.

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3.9
aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2004
This one has a beautiful ruby brown body with a light khaki head that explodes out of the bottle. Irritation from having to wait to let it settle keeps this from getting a 5 on appearance. The aroma is malty, with a good bit of piney hops. The flavor is caramel apples supported by a firm bitterness. The malts are soft and the hops are metallicly hard, which actually makes for a nice contrast. The burps come up like creosote, though.

4
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2004
big caramel aroma, with hints of pine and citrus. a hazy copper color with a creamy head. taste of caramel and fruit. very smooth and creamy. ending in a slight hop bitternes.

3.9
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
This ruddy orange-red-brown beer is punctuated by an aroma of piney hops, sweet burnt caramel, and toast. A very slight off-white head developed after the pour. The very thick, syrupy body lends a surprisingly unique flavor of sugary caramels, toast, and earthy/grassy hops. Also classic grapefruit and pine. The earthy/toasty aspect is more pronounced in this beer than in other barleywines I’ve sampled, and lends a unique "leafy" character to Old Blarney. Delicious, even on a sunny, 86-degree spring day!

3.8
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
Deep brown, copper in colour. Aroma was of sweet caramel malt, minor alcohol, and citrus hops. The flavour was quite sweet, thick texture, creamy mouthfeel, caramel malt and some hops. Finishes smooth with a mild bitterness and some alcohol. Thanks for sending this as an extra jeffc666.

3.7
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
Rich wood colour - somewhere between teak and mahogany perhaps. Very malty and sweet aromas with some fruit in there too....odd but I can't decide between oranges and apples? Alchohol evident as the sweet but subdued hoppy mouthfull finishes.

4
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours a caramel brown, settles a dark and thickly hazed golden-orangey brown color with a medium sized ivory fluffy froth. Lace sticks in inky webs at first but as it goes nearly no lace decides to stick. Notably strong twingey caramel/alcohol aroma at first but fades as it warms. Lushfully solid caramel nose with an alcoholic warmth and tone always sifting underneath. Notes of fresh banana, mango, orange, lingering dark dulled citrusy skins are favorably smokey within. Taste of darkened hard caramel candies, the caramel is very nice here, kinda dark or perhaps even scorched a little, not quite smooth, roughly edgy with some suppressed earthy tones in the hop backing. Nice touches of chocolate and butterscotch candies float around within and a moderate warmth and subdued burn along the way down keep it from being completely smooth and drinkable. Very light notes of fruit and citrus linger here and there. Feel is a bit hindered with a fluffy chalkyness, yet smooth and inviting smoothness continues to keep hold. Not an overly complex or beefy barleywine. Sits just right on a cold and windy March evening with a good load of malted caramel, something I'd have no problem having again.

3.9
egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Deep dark, reddish brown color with a small off white head and nice lacing. Hoppy, warming sweet malt aroma. Sweet caramel up front, then a strong hop bitterness and followed by a nipping alcohol burn. Thanks TAR!

3.7
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Intense alcohol comes on strong, but fades into a nice warming in the stomach. Smooth caramel and some cherry flavors, with a bitter hop finish make this a winner.

3
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 9, 2004
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date, but from dealing with the stores that I do, I know it's fresh. Fall 2003, let's call it. Poured out a muddy, hazy brown color. Major chill haze here gang. Not much head here, either. What head there was disappeared quickly, barely leaving a lacing down the sides of my snifter. Aromas are of yeast, mostly. Some caramel malts make a brief appearance in the nose, but the yeast is simply overpowering. Maybe they should consider filtering it. I'll digress. Not much in the hops department either, aroma-wise or flavor-wise. Decent enough mouthfeel, but nothing special here whatsoever. A mediocre barleywine at best. Get back to the drawing board, Moylans. Quick.

3.2
TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Poured a reddish orange with a small tanned head. Nose is alcohol, and light hops. The taste was very citrusy but almost exclusively orange. The alcohol added some sweetness during the taste and finish. Not a bad beer but not a top of the line barley wine either.


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