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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Organic brown sugar and Centennial hops give this english style barleywine it’s smooth finish and extra alcohol. At a hefty 10.2% this miraculous beer is a tribute to North Americas largest Salamander, the Hellbender. A donation of $1.00 per bottle will be made to Wild South; a non- profit grassroots organization whose mission is to inspire and empower people to protect and restore the native ecosysyems of the southeast.

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4.1
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2010
I find the sweetness just slightly cloying but otherwise this is a fine barleywine.

3.4
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of EithCubes. Pours a clear, deep amber body with an average, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is full of caramel and American hops. Some raisin, plum and cherry. Somewhat muddy. Dark fruit comes forth in the flavor with more caramel. Somewhat more pronounced and rounded flavors than in the aroma. Light alcohol presence. Full body with average carbonation for the style. Malty with a nice bitter presence and a raisiny finish. Some alcohol warmth. Overall pretty nice, but I’m kind of done after about 8 oz. Mr. Cubes, are you stealing my lines?

3.3
ganache (6001) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
If memory serves, this corked-and-caged 750 was from dchmela circa October 2008, had here mid-March 2010. Smells like a barleywine, that’s for sure. Huge, huge caramel notes, big but dulled Ami hops. Dark copper pour with a lacing, sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, well-attenuated, though, some butterscotch. Faint plum and almost some ash in the back. Fully nearly-syrup body, aftertaste is moderately dry. There’s some good complexity here, and certainly some nice intensity, but it’s hard to rate this in the upper echelon, as I’m already tired of it after about eight ounces. Alcohol is well under control, at least.

3
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
April 2008 bottle. Caramelized grain aroma, this sample from the bottom of the bottle is murky and dark brown. Smooth and rich, little sharp alcohol, mostly creamy caramel with a waxy finish.

3.7
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2010
750ml bottle from April 2008. I’d heard this one was wicked hot to start out, and I’m glad I waited on it because this is a nice, mellow English-style barleywine. Murky amber pour with a medium creamy head. The nose is still rather sharp, with some hop bite and a touch of sweet heat. Toffee and a bit of molasses lead things off in the taste, which soon settles into a firmly malty BW with a nice mix between the brown sugar and the grit of the hops. Smooth and dangerously drinkable, I enjoyed this one.

3.8
hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with NachlamSie (thanks!). Poured a mdeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, some citrus, nutty, and caramel. Tastes of nuttiness, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugary, and chocolate. Alcohol content overall well hidden.

3.4
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
bottle. April 2008. Pours a slight murky amber brown, sweet rich malty aroma, brown sugar notes. Lacking richness of an English BW & hoppyness of an American BW. Higher carbonation than expected. OK

3.4
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle, thanks Mike! Amber body, white head. Nose is honey, older hops, a bit of malt. Flavor is honey malts, a bit of roast, cocoa, alcohol.

3.8
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Clear, deep garnet brown that kicks up some bone froth. Nose is sweet red berries, toffee apple and a touch of grass. Medium light body, a tad thin, with a faint tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel and rose water. Bitter pithy finish.

4.1
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle dated April ’08. Opaque ruby pour with a dense white head and good lace. Rich dark fruit aroma with molasses, sharp pine and wet oak. The flavor follows through from the aroma with a sweet honey finish. Sticky, medium-full body with soft carbonation.


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