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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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No, its not wine, but the style comes in with as much alcohol content as wine, hence the name. This American Giant is a big, malty beer with generous hop additions to counteract all the grain we use. The result is a powerful yet balanced with a pleasantly piney aroma due to an assertive dry hop addition. The beer is finished with some champagne yeast during second fermentation which helps finish out the fermentation and lend a pleasing dryness. This warming beverage designed for cold winter nights (and days) is the stuff of legend, just like its namesake.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (7054) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Flight pour on tap at the brewery (Madison, WI). Pours a pretty well hazed amber hue, a gentle glow but darker with frothy offwhite head atop, loose bubbles remain a decent ringer, mellow lacing. Aromas are sweet and a bit carmelized, gentle earth, toffee and orange elements. A bit of fruit cake, some bitter earth and sweet malts meld. Initial is medium bodied, a touch sweet with butterscotch and caramel, a gentle sweetness and earth comes in with a firmer hop bitter bite. Thinner than expected but a bit tangy and sweet into the backend, some nutty toast, earth. Finish is a bit dry, earthy hops and that tang. Simple, a bit thin and hoppy but a bit odd too. Meh.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (10709) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the brewery. American Barleywine. Pours a hazy amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of apricot with sweet grains and some caramel. Flavor has musty grains and citrus notes with a stale bread and nutty backbone.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3218) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2014
On tap at the brewpub - Pours amber with a foamy white head. Nose is fruity hops, bready malt, and a bit of heat. Taste is the same--real smooth grainy malt, light sweetness, and fruity hops. Slick and thick. Smells and tasted like FFF Behemoth-lite.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
On tap at OBBC, pours a clear dark amber with an off white head, the aroma was very sweet, tons of malt and caramel with some of the booze coming through too, the flavor is much of the same from the aroma, slight hop touch in the finish but really sweet and boozy through out, light mouthfeel too, just doesnt really satisfy what I was looking for, meh.


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