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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.71%
Barley Wine Ale is a legendary top-fermented brew with a deep amber/orange color, and intense fruit and malt nose that is laced with alcohol accented by the sweet aromas of Port. This "wine" made with barley is brewed with a French yeast culture, and possesses a complex flavor of rich malt, fruit esters, and sherry-like qualities that is delicately balanced with hops.

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GRM (4046) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
Brown bottle, 2007, cap covered with gold wax, 16 ounces, purchased at Beers of the world, trip to Chicago with Louise on August 2 2011, savoured January 5 2012; eye: brown with an orange hue, lightly hazy, mocha head that turns into a tiny ring, no lacing; nose: toffee, hops, alcohol, light malt, prunes; mouth: toffee, hops, alcohol, malt, prunes, molasses, short finale in toffee with presence of alcohol, medium body, lightly bitter, mildly sweet, lightly grainy texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 2007 bouchon recouvert de cire dorée, 16 onces, achetée chez Beers of the world, voyage à Chicago avec Louise le 2 août 2011, savourée le 5 janvier 2012; œil : brune avec une teinte orangée, légèrement voilée, mousse moka qui se transforme en un petit anneau, pas de dentelle; nez :toffee, houblon, alcool, léger malt, prunes; bouche : toffee, houblon, alcool, malt, prunes, mélasse, finale courte en toffee avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen, légèrement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement granuleuse; en résumé : correct

wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
The aroma is musty and fruity along with the expected maltiness. The flavor is fruity with some candy sweetness with a decent alcohol, malty finish. Most Sprecher brews are rather far off for their styles that make them one-offs. On the other hand, this seems more like a unique take on a barley-wine and pretty good as far as the style.

portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2006 Brewmasters Premium Reserve Bottle to snifter. Pours dark hazy red brown with a quick soapy foamy kahki head that rests to a collar. Aroma is rasins prunes and dark fruit with malt and spice. Taste is rusty chaulky malt and bitterness with mixed dark fruit like rasins and prune and spice with a gentle alcohol finish. Palate is full and chaulky that finishes dry and warm. Decent brew with a warm flat nutty finish.

hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2011
2 bottles both brewed 2007 with different waxes. tasted side by side 8/18/11.

gold wax... amber. no head. the aroma is of apples, fresh peaches and oxidized maltiness. the flavor is the same only it has a tartness on the finish which seems out of place. 10% is unnoticed. 6/3/6/3/13

silver wax... same appearance as the gold. no head. this one shares the same qualities but is much more integrated. there is a musty apple cider-like tartness but it is much more muted than the previous beer and much more enjoyable overall. 6/3/6/3/14

JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours a thin orangish amber with a nice white head that leave little lace. This beer was a slightly above average EBW. I felt it was a bit thin on the mouth feel. The nose an taste were a bit on the simple side. Not a bad beer, but not something I would buy again.

esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Annoying wax covered bottle that was hard to peel the wax off poured a pale orange-brown liquid with a thin off-white head. Aroma of graham, alcohol, malt and toffee. Taste of toffee, fruit, alcohol and light peppery yeast and some burn on the finish. Tastes more like an imperial ESB than a barley wine.

thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
(16oz bottle thanks to blutt59) clearish orange with no head. Nose of bread, raisin, caramel, bread pudding and toffee. Smells great! Unfortunately it doesn’t taste great. Taste is very metallic, oxidized, a bit of overly sweet raisins, and a bad palate linger.

phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2006 bottle shared by Dan at The Royale- thanks, Dan! Gold-wax dipped bottle with a tag that read ’Brewmasters Premium Reserve Barley Wine 2006.’ Pours a nice amber color with a finger-thick off-white head. Aroma of peanuts, pistachios, dried fruits, sweet caramel malts, and brown sugar. Flavor of toffee, thick butterscotch, toasted brown sugar, berry fruits, earth, and tea. Really sweet and sticky. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a buttery, sticky mouthfeel. Interesting barley wine.

SudsMcDuff (8428) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
brewed in 2007, but from the wax, its the 2009 release .. . Pours a deep caramel, good foam .. . lots of smooth sugar, light molasses, and caramel .. . sticky mouth and a deep finish .. . it was enjoyable .. . Daisy, please insert Onslow back into the car...

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2011
(500ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, raisins, light chocolate, and light oxidation. Flavor of caramel, herbs, raisins, toffee, and cherries.

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