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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Only brewed once before Y2K.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Had today at the brewery. part of their libray series. Haven’t had it fresh, but definetly would say (according to the other ratings) that this has calmed down, and was very enjoyable. To bad they didn’t release this at a later date.

zubblwump (112) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Amber with a dark orange tint, white bubbly head. Not much nose at all. Surprisingly nice bite at first sip, though. Spiciness, with a bit of a sour flavor. The spice on the front of each sip is much better than he sour bitterness at the end. That aftertaste lasts too.

SG111 (1931) - New York, USA - JUN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2017 Tap at the source. Pours honey color, white head. Aroma is citrus rind, cinnamon, all spice, orange. Flavor is cinnamon, toffee, caramel, orange rind. Really nice hoppy Barleywine. Very cinnamony nose. Very nice.

Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Fruity aromas, orange candy, caramel, bready, light booze. Clear orange with a fairly lasting white head. Pretty dry, assertive, caramelly, floral. Full bodied, sticky.

Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
1999. Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma is sweet corn, light dms, pine sol, thick candied fruits, caramel malts, toffee, and sharp molasses. Flavor is pine, resin, solvent, acetone, cedarwood oils, nutty, pine nuts, grass, toffee and caramel and a moderate bitterness, then gets kinda harsh and astringent with more pine solvent as it warms. meh.

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
pours hazed amber, nose of vinager paper fusels paint thinner, fl paint thinner chems brown sugar. glad i got to try this rare old beer but god was it awful.

TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a murky dark brownish black, more dark amber edges. Small offwhite head rings. Aromas are caramel, toffee, biscuits, dark fruit. Initial is a bit oxidized, toffee and caramel. Dark fruit, a touch of molasses, faint floral, finish is malty though, aged. Interesting, a bit dead overall, aged into a decent sweet maltiness, light oxidaation, biscuits and toffee, flourishes of dark fruit. A bit old but still tasty, thinned a bit.

lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle shared at DLD 08 thanks to BillVanE. Even after 8+ years it retained its alcohol heat and the many flavors of a barely wine you’d come to expect. Always worth a try if you have the chance to find one.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
Poured a hazy light brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is not good. Oxidation, old paper and cheese. Some sweet malt underneath. The flavor is much better. Aged and mildly oxidized malt. Some sweetness and a touch of fruit. Medium bodied with some warmth. I can’t complain too much due to the age of this.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Date: 11/16/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Boboski
Vintage: 1999

muddy brown, wispy beige head, huge oaky aroma with vanilla sweetness and dark caramel, creamy body, rich dark hot caramel malt flavor, lots of woody character, touch of vanilla sweetness, lasting bitterness grows out of the oaky character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
1999. What a surprise this was. Eight years after bottling it still had life and finesse. Good grief this thing looks murky. Dark caramel colors and a thin head that’s surprisingly resistant to decline. The aroma is composed of four major components, each sharing an equal portion of the bill: toffee, caramel, alcohol and dark nameless fruits. There are mild spice hints but they’re so miniscule they’re not innoffensive or bothersome, just sort of lurking at the edge of the reality that is the old beer nose. The flavor is quite charming in its relaxed state. Alcohol warmth is only mild. Sweetness is medium-high, bitterness low and a quaint astringency settles at the outskirts of the palate. The finish is lightly bitter and lightly spicy, caramel and toffee lingering a short while. The mouthfeel is not too dissimilar to sherry, medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Wow, a new Holland beer I would drink again, finally, and it’s irreplaceable. Figures.

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