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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
7.5% abv Strong, Dark and Smooth, hold on to your hat cause you’ll lose your feet on this one!" Brewed with pale, dark crystal, Munich, flaked barley, black and chocolate malts. Hops include Cascade, Crystal, Challenger and Perle. " 6 malts...4 hops, no wonder you can’t tell its 7.5% Available in 6 packs and now in 22 oz. bottles.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, - AUG 22, 2008
Single 12oz bottle, consumed in August 08, purchased back in April 08 - I think it was from Charles Street Liquors in Boston. They are known to have some pretty old stock sometimes, and this one is difficult to place. The side label has a notch beside March, but no year listed. So with that out of the way, what do we have here. We have a very dark brown pour with little head. Pretty nice aroma - a little sweet, and I’m oddly getting some coffee notes. First taste follows the nose - and it’s pretty good. A bit of sweetness, but certainly not too sweet as I find some barleywines. And there’s certainly a lot of roasty coffee flavours here. I’m no barleywine expert, but I wasn’t expecting that from the style. This is more along the lines of a stout, in my opinion. Which is just fine for me, since there are a lot of barleywines that are not to my liking. Not what I was expecting, but pretty good.

Franckg (1653) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2017
Canette datée du 28/03/2017, bue après moins de 2 mois. Robe dorée légèrement trouble avec un mince col de mousse rocailleux. Arômes de malt légèrement grillé, houblons herbacés, pamplemousse, cassonade, zeste de citron. En bouche, houblons herbacés, résine de pin, zestes d’agrumes, pamplemousse, malt épicé. Texture huileuse et corps mince à moyen. Une bière de soif, sans plus.

Slipstream (2625) - USA - OCT 25, 2016
The label features hiking boots, not sure why. Fairly flat, dark brown pour. This is a light barley wine apparently - an unusual move, but craft brewing is full of unusual moves. Fairly similar to a brown ale. The aroma is a little unpleasant. The taste is better - caramel and brown bread, lightly hopped. It tastes pretty bland for 7.2 abv. Not entirely sure what to do with this - it falls somewhere between failed attempt and good try.

Metalchopz (3384) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
Purchased in Vermont in their mixed pack. Pours a clean dark amber colour, almost copper. Small head, beige with not much follow-up. Beautiful spices in the nose with the barley malt, fruitiness and hints of molasses. Fruity flavours with malt, light sweetness and decent bitter hop in the finish. Quite easy to drink. Surprised to find a barley wine in a taster pack. Glad though.

YigSvartka (304) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
Opaque brown hue with a slight tint of purple and an immediately vanishing dark brown head. Pleasant, but slightly lacking in vigrousness aroma with notes of plum, chocolate, roast, and raisins. Relatively light bodied for a barley wine. Dry dark chocolate and roast dominate with minor characteristics of raisin and plum tartness with a dry finish. Good, but lacks robustness.

VastActiv (7040) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Tap at Reservoir, Waterbury. Colour is clear dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Some dry fruits, some sweetness and malts. Very boring. I don’t get point of this one.

nealblind (1864) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Red brown pour. Fast vanishing head. Aroma brown sugar, caramel. Tastes malt syrup, iron. Watery palate. Barleywinr light here. Not a bad idea.

puboflyons (3431) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2015
From the12 fl. oz bottle. Looks like it expires in June 2019. Brown pour with reddish hues. Not much head. The aroma has a sweet roasted barley malt character with a hint of dark fruit. The body is light to medium. The taste is sweet and malty with a mild bitterness at the end. Not as pungent and biting as most Barleywines but easy enough to drink as a stand alone.

kevinsenn (2209) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle. Sweet grape and caramel aroma. Sweet taste with spicy undertones throughout. Not as bad as the score led me to think it would be. Not bad.

bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Draft sample at the source. Poured a clear amber color, tiny bubbly tan head. Aroma or caramel, sweet malts. Flavor had some toffee and caramel. Very light and thin for a baley wine. Soft carbonation, smooth finish. More of an amber feel to me than barley wine.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2015
This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark hazy amber color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within seconds. The smell starts off with a semi-sweet cooked caramel malt trying to blend with light vanilla and herbal/tea-like qualities running over some light cooked cocoa tones. The taste pretty much copies the aroma decently. There’s no aftertaste but it does have a slight smooth semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation hits just a tad harder than other Barleywines I’ve had. Overall, mostly average barleywine with a mouthfeel that probably could be tamed a tad more.

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