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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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3.5
nearbeer (5712) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry.

3.5
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear copper-brown body with a tall, creamy head of khaki tinted foam. Showing good retention, that head leaves skinny snakes and flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are based in brown sugar and sticky caramel malt, showing sweet, hinting at figs, dates, and various other dark fruits. There’s a hint of nuttiness in there as well. Hops are primarily earthy, and they lend a nice edge to the otherwise malt driven nose. Flavors are largely the same, again based in caramelized brown sugar and some dark toffee, with maybe a touch of light molasses. Dried figgy fruit malts show a touch of welcomed oxidation, as hops come across earthy, with just a touch of pine. The palate sports medium-plus substance and lively carbonation (perhaps a bit too lively, in fact). Alcohol is noticeable and warm, but not overly aggressive. Overall, it’s a pretty solid barleywine. There are no fatal flaws, but it’s not a jaw dropper either. Good brew.

3.5
magsinva (1493) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - pours clear dark red with a nice tan head. Aroma is very cream brûlée. Nice!

3.5
574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 On tap at the source. Pours deep amber-brown with a thin khaki ring of head that doesn’t lace much. Nose involves cocoa, toasted malt, earthy and herbal hops, some lighter citrus, brown sugar, and alcohol vapors. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter flavor, not intense at all. Ligher side of medium bodied, actively carbed, syrupy and sticky, with a lingering toffee-tinged bitter finish. Decent, but unrefined, drinks way too light for the style, and seems young. Age might completely erase what hops are there, though. More like an imperial amber or brown than a true barleywine.

3.5
cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
On tap @ source. Shannon says that hellbenders are gotc worthy salamander ticks, so I’m obviously excited for this beer. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Fairly sweet, candy, toffee, fruity aroma. Fairly well balanced. Caramel. Moderate bitterness. Booze well hidden. Pretty good.

3.4
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest 08 courtesy of KP. Pours a dark amber with a white head. This has a fizzy, almost Belgian influenced texture. Initial flavor of toasted grains, bread, and cookie that transitions to a grapefruit, herbal, and somewhat minty bitterness. I did not pick up as much English traits as everyone else. This one seemed to struggle for identity on my palate.

3.4
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.

3.4
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to riversideak; clear, light amber with big tan head; no carbonation in body though; aromas of mainly sugar and alcohol; lots of texture and a earthy feel to it; dry and sweet finish

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.

3.4
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


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