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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Intriguing notes of apple, cherry, and apricot abound from the long boil time, cool fermentation, and extended aging of this dark, malty ale. Celebrate this year’s release & save some for next, as this beer matures wonderfully when cellared.

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fiulijn (21581) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle from The Wine Sellers, Port Townsend
Hazy dark amber color with almost no head. Caramel aroma and flavor, candi sugar, soapy, rather sweet, with some fruity esters; correctly bitter but with too much alcohol presence; overall it’s just a sweetish beer with not much character, very American; not bad, but nothing special. Not an Old Ale.

mcberko (20857) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours dark amber with a light head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, red wine and dryness. Flavour of dark dry fruits, caramel malts, with a vinous body - very red wine-like. Dry finish.

brokensail (16695) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
A darkish amber color with an off-white head. For such a big beer, it’s a bit bland on the nose. But, there is a nice fruitiness of cherry and maybe grape, especially as it warms up a bit. There is just a hint of spice on the finish. Sweet bready malt flavor with a nice touch of banana, caramel, and brown sugar. More dark fruit character on the palate and a hint of warming alcohol.

bhensonb (16381) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy copper with a beige head that left rapidly. Aromas of malt, spice, and perhaps a bit of vanilla. Near full bodied. A bit sticky. Malty. It is rather Xmas spice, but pretty light. There’s bitter, but barely enough, or even not enough to cut the malt. Bitter seems to be building tho. Even seems less sticky with time. Starting to seem a hint evergreen. Different.

jcwattsrugger (12607) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @TampaPourhouse Thanks Ibrew2or3-bottle-pours an off white ring for a head and brow color. Aroma is spice hops, medium malt-molasses. Taste is spice hops, medium malt-molasses, medium fruit. Medium body.

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Apricots, cherries and caramel sweetness converge onto coniferous hops in this polished Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the shiny copper.
-The nose is rather understated for the style.
-Brown rum notes work well with the absinth-like hop resins.
-This is not quite Old Horizontal in complexity, but it’s as classy, lean and pleasurable.
-The soft prickling of carbonation helps drinkability.
-This is not one of those intense, overly bitter and sweet Barley Wines.

On tap at Beveridge Place Pub.

drfabulous (9219) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Draught at Taphouse Grille. Big malty winter warmer. Brown sugar. Super sweet. A bit too sweet.

Ibrew2or3 (9062) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Courtesy of riversideAK, thanks Alex. Pours slightly hazy deep copper with thin tan head. The aroma has rich sticky malts, prunes and a bit of toffee and caramel candy. Smells of pure yum. The taste is rich for sure with sludgy sweet sticky malts mixing with prunes and dried peach wedges and a bit of dark grape jelly too. Around the edges of the malts and dark fruity esters are mostly echoes of pine hop resiny bitterness. The hops are there but well off in the background. This is a very nice barleywine. Wow!

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear, brightly rubied medium amber. Dense, creamy ring of tan foam. Mild sour cherry nose. Creamy medium body. Doughy malts, caramel, butterscotch, a little bit of fruity tang on the mid-palate. Mild doughy finish.

AmEricanbrew (7081) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Glowing copper red color/ tan head. Big toffee, pit fruit, marshmallow, spicy alcohol aromas. medium bodied. Flavors follow the nose with sweet marshmallow, caramel, pit fruit, with spicy alcohol to finish.

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