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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our Barleywine is a rich and heavy ale brewed to a high gravity. Massive body, mouthfeel and hoppiness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle into red wine glass. I myself have had this bottle for 4-5 months, not sure how long it sat on the shelf before that. Pours a nice reddish-copper, fairly clear, with a thin, soapy layer of bubbles and a smattering of lace. Nose is toasty, rich with notes of caramel and toffee, even cocoa, a dark fruitiness, and a light but sharp piney hop note. Very enticing. Flavor is again loaded down with rich notes of caramel and toffee, lightly toasty, a bit of cocoa, dark fruits and light citrus, with a rich, piney hop note overlaying the malt body. Hop bitterness is biggest towards the middle of the palate, and on the long, lightly bitter finish, which carries with it echoes of the big malt sweetness, alongside a bit of alcohol warmth and a bit of prickly hops as well. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, full bodied and maybe a bit syrupy. Quite drinkable, though - the alcohol is tucked away enough to not be a hindrance, while still allowing a bit of spicy warmth to poke through. Had this one with some stilton and fig-cinnamon chutney on sourdough. Delicious once it warmed up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (8318) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2016
bottle at lautre oeil, aylmer. pours hazy/cloudy medium dark brown, orange red tint, with a nice reviving beige head offering good retention and lacing. creamy chocolate, dense opulent caramelized brown maltiness, some toasted toffee notes, fairly woody/woodsy, drying earthy character, english yeast. moderately low carbonation, medium body - very oily; barely sweet, rather balanced woodsy finish. a rather (relatively) dry earthy barleywine with a nice and complex malt bill. enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (1115) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, earthy hops. Taste is roasty and herbal...not boozy and somehow very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5374) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 29, 2016
Lots of toffee, cherries, marmalade and wood in the nose. Medium body. This is a 2012 version. Hops are still very present but mouth is much drier. Smooth. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6966) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2016
650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Beautiful reddish brown colour, large off-white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, some mild roasty notes. The flavour is also malty with caramel and more distinct roasty notes, hints of sherry, also fairly distinct resinous hops. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Should not be drunk too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (5245) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2016
Fra flaske p Mi2 Cardinal, aug-16: kveldens nest siste, og stemningen er som vanlig p topp nr seremonimester Melberg er i ferd med avslutte programmet. Uklar brunlig ravfarge med ok offwhite skum. Urtepreget aroma med mrk kandis, karamell og noe vinst. Delikat og balanserende bitterhet. Sherrypreg med alkoburn i avslutningen. Noterte 3 stjerner i margen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (3251) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2016
From bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 29.08.16. Aroma and taste of medium dark malt, toffee, syrup and berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (1282) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy amber with little off-white head. Aroma of caramel, some roasted notes, raisins. Taste is pretty bitter. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12932) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
Sample from a bottle. Hazy amber colour with an ff-white head. Aroma and flavour of dried fruit, caramel, malt, spice, alcohol, hops and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (4307) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Initially thought it may have gone flat, but its a mild pour with a fairly heavy weight. Mahogany pour with a ring if beige head. Malt and molasses on the aroma, taste also is malt forward. A bit of a tang on the tail end, finishes sweet. Doesnt seem overly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4826) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2016
As Moylans Old Blarney Barleywine Style Ale, bomber bought at De Caigny. Creamy, rather thick and dense, regular, lightly lacing, pale yellowish beige head over a truly beautiful coppery vermillion red, clear beer with fierce fizz rising up through the glass, sustaining the head. Rich and sweet aroma of toffee, biscuit, dried fig, gingerbread, brown rum, bitter honey, apricot, candied orange, cookies, dried ginger powder, strawberry liqueur, candied cherry, dry earth, hints of walnut shells, fried egg, grapefruit peel, brandy, hazelnut oil, amaro, raw beetroot, dried banana. Sweetish onset, lots of dried fruit, candied orange and yellow raisin with a basic, underlying sourish balance and some faint cured meat-like umami somewhere, bittering flavors already apparent in an early stage, spritzy carbo, supple oily body, slick and a bit resinous but perhaps somewhat less vinous than expected from the style, still full and creamy though, with a notably caramelly and very nutty malt middle quickly turning toasted bitter, a bitterness further reinforced with a firm dosis of hoppiness, spicy and peppery in character with subdued grapefruity notes retronasally. This hop bitterness is long-stretched and a tad tonic water-like in the end, blending in well with the bittersweet maltiness which goes down the throat smoothly. Rum-like alcohol heat is undeniable, balancing on the brink of astringency and making the ending perhaps a tad more wry than it could and should have been, a bit reminiscent of some classic bitter liqueur. Pleasant warm bittersweetness lingers in the throat for a long time after swallowing. In all, very typical American style barleywine, lots of malt fruitiness and sweetness as well as alcohol warmth, and also lots of hop bitterness. Very enjoyable sipper, though admittedly there are still more complex and refined examples in this particular league of beers.

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