RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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anders37 (27892) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty weak chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and adark fruit flavor with wek hints of chocolate. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel finish.

Travlr (26943) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Draft at the source during RBWG. This one is big, boozy spiced butterscotch. Very tasty.

Leighton (23090) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2016
Draft at the brewery taproom during RBWG 2014. Pours reddish brown with a foamy topping. Good, but certainly punchy with notable alcohol character. Notes of toffee, ripe fruits, a little earth. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some brown bread, toffee, caramel, ripe berries. Not bad, but heavy.

Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, purchased in March 2010 and opened 10/12/10. I was doing a bunch of admin work on NC beers, so I needed to crack one. This one pours a clear ruby red color with a medium tan creamy head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Toffee aroma with notes of berries, spices, hops and brown sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, bitter citrus hops, plums, faint spicy notes and a faint bit of roastiness. Medium-full bodied. Good beer. I’m a sucker for brown sugar, which they add to this, so I’m digging this one quite a lot.

hopdog (13315) - 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.

bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a cloudy reddish-brown body with a tight thick beige head. Aroma of black grapes, raisins, dates, molasses, brown sugar, and dried cherries. Flavor of molasses, dark fruit (dates, raisins), brown sugar, toasted malt, and floral hops.

jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks kp–pours a retaining off white head and hazy/cloudy amber color. Aroma is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol. Taste is medium malt/bready, fruit, alcohol.

hopscotch (11485) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head and thousands of small, white floaties tooling about the glass. Good retention. Cereal grain, corn and caramel are dominant in the nose. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and energetic carbonation. Caramel and lightly vinous notes. Dark fruit, thin finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for popping the top on this one!

phaleslu (10957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle via NC trade- thanks again, John! Pours a clear copper with a small, wispy off-white head that quickly settles into a film. Aroma of caramel, some grassy and herbal hops, grapefruit, raisins, wood, and light florals. Flavor of caramel, grass, mellow spice, dates, resin, nectar, honey, and wood chips. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, resinous mouthfeel. Some bitterness on the finish. Excellent barley wine.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: March 31, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Barley’s, NC
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: clear dark amber, thin beige head
Aroma: sweet fruit aroma, lots of sweet fruits
Flavor: rich fruity flavor with just the right amont of sweetness, great chatacter
Overall: an excellent english barley wine right out of the gate

Date: April 11, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: barley’s
Vintage: 2008
Score: 3.8 to 4.0
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, scattered drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet dark caramel aroma with a lot of fruity character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of fruity character, brown sugar sweetness, just enough sweetness from the dark caramel to bring out the fruityness, just enough earthy bitterness for balance
Overall: best batch yet, this will be tremendous with additional age

Date: May 24, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar party
Vintage: 2008
Score: 3.6
Aroma: more fruity character coming through on the aroma
Flavor: more earthyness in the flavor cuting back on the fruityness, long bitter finish
Overall: bottle especially needs age

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

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