RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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bhensonb (15993) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Malty aroma. Deep amber color under halogen. Rough malty flavor - a smooth version of the typically rough American brown ale. Somewhat flat flavor. The malt isn’t overwhelming, but the hops just don’t come through. Medium sweet mouthfeel. Raisiny, pruney aspects. If it was bottle conditioned, it might age well. Since it’s not, it won’t.

Ratman197 (15636) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle 2006 vintage poured a clear reddish copper with a minimal lingering light amber head. Aromas of light oxidation, toffee, dark fruit and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied smooth and lightly warming. Flavors of carmel, toffee, figs and dates with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.

Tmoney99 (15138) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate spicy malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a light sticky texture. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable, but below average for style.

Dogbrick (14344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
This beer pours a copper brown color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is floral hops with bits of caramel and malt in the background. Medium body with a moderately hoppy character that has some west coast IPA traits. Caramel malt and toffee sweetness for balance. The finish is hoppy with notes of spice and caramel on the back end. Decent overall.

Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Secret Santa Stefanje. Thanks Stefan! Ruby brown pour with a slightly tan one-finger head. Rich brown sugar, toffee, raisin aroma with some spicy and peppery hop notes. Very hop heavy taste. Major citrus notes, with some leafiness and some notes of raisins and brown sugar. Full bodied. Alcohol is warming and fairly noticeable.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2007
(12oz bottle, vintage 2006) Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, passion fruit, orange, some grapefruit/pine. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, mango, grapefruit/orange, some pine. Alcohol shows up in the finish, but not overly strong. Watery medium body -- surprisingly drinkable, and light for style and the ABV. Not sure what I think about this -- when I drink a barleywine, I want a big beer, and while the ABV and even the flavor match the style, the body is way outside what I’d expect. And while the body isn’t bad in itself, it’s not what I’m looking for in a BW.

BeerandBlues2 (14063) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
2006 vintage bottle at Naja’s Place. Pours clear amber with almost no head. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, toffee), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, pine), average yeast (dough) with notes of alcohol, pear, apple, and date. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Brought I think by Max. Pours a clear light brown. Dead still, no head. Smells like rubbing alcohol and plums. Flavor is all burnt malt and isopropyl. Terrible.

hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
12oz bottle. Vintage 2006. Poured a deeper copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, caramel, citrus, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and some dark fruits. Some alcohol in the finish but doesn’t give away the 10+%. Nothing like a Barley Wine when its 80 degrees outside!

bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2006
(Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of spicy fruit cake and toffee. Flavor of sweet malt, fruitiness, and breadiness.

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