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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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3.7
BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a copper topped with a sandy head. Aroma was nice and sweet. A good balance of caramel, citrus, and rich malts. Taste was more of the caramel sweetness, some pit fruit, brown sugar, and a little spice. A very well put together Barley Wine.

3.6
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
On draught at Barleys, Asheville on 7 July 2006 (at 9.5%). Dark copper colour. Sweet as hell with lots of hops. There’s a big, rich treacle character. Also orange peel and chocolate orange. Some spices and fruit cake too. Full, rich mouthfeel. Hardly subtle - I guess it’s not meant to be - but very interesting and packed with flavour, if maybe a little too rich and sticky to retain drinkability. Nice to sip and savour though.

3.4
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2008 (I think) 750mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of clear garnet with a creamy, sticky, well-retained beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with aged darker fruits, vinous notes, and molasses leading.. almost syrupy, with a hint of aspartame on the back.. the sweetness did mask the warmth well. The flavor found a lot of sugars at the core, with molasses, green grapes, and English toffee at the forefront.. not much bitterness to note, but apparent degradation hinted that there was some a year or two ago.. warmth rode out the finish over a grainy bed of fruit and toffee sugars.. an odd sharper bitterness popped up right at the very end, knocking it down a notch of enjoyment. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation fighting with the sharp stuff at times.. thick and almost chewy over the last fifth or so, making it a little hard to get down.. warmed up the belly.. not bad.

3.9
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
750ml bottle: Pours a transparent amber ruby with a wispy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fresh grapefruity hops with a touch of alcohol. Starts fairly full and sweet with an earthy resiny piny bittering and flavor hop balance toward a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty well-balanced and crisp. This should age pretty well.

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

3.9
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chris!   Nice English style Barley Wine, caramel, toffee, musty, with some Olde Ale notes with dark pitted fruit.   Smooth, low hops, sweet bready maltiness.   Great stuff.   My kind of Barley Wine!


3.9
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2009
25 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber body, clear, with a nice frothy beige head. Nice sticky heavy lacing. The nose is big and heavy toffee malt with a good bit of resiny hops. The flavor is very similar, big caramel and toffee maltiness, some brown sugar, and a little resiny hops on the back end. Pretty well hidden alcohol, lots of nice dark fruits. Mouthfeel is full but soft with nice light fizzy carbonation that cuts the heavy malt well. The more it breathed the better this got. A pretty solid Barley Wine. How these guys do organic stuff so well, I’ll never know.

3.7
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2006
On draft at Barley’s, Asheville NC. Sticky, pine resiny aroma with a hint of grapefruit. Big flavors on grapefruit and some hints of blueberry and even some raspberry. Earthy finish. As it warms, hints of melon come out. Very fruity interpretation of the style.

3.6
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from kp. Thanks! Enjoyed this the inaugural Liquid Sunshine Tasting at bitbucket’s house. I believe if I remember correctly suzygreenberg was sitting on my right, bvc to the left, bitbucket across the table, after4ever was at the end and there were tons of other cool dudes there too. Bob cooks good burgers too. Beer poured light copper. The aroma was a mix of malt and hops. Somewhat sweet with hops. Light booze in the finish. A good brew. Hold up... I can’t rate this remedial... The aroma was a little lighter, especially when compared to the barleywines we had before. A touch fruit, caramel, light grapefruit and floral hops. Caramel, floral hops, moderate sweetness, the carbonation is rather bright for a BW too.. My only complaint is that it seemed to be a bit subdued for the style. Still nice though.

3.9
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Aroma of brown sugar hints of hops and raisins. Lightly hazed brown pour with a light tan head and lace. A very well hidden abv on the front and fades to a good warmth. A good hops presence. A good solid palate and carbonation. A very nice BW.


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