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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Considered the Port Wine of the brewing world, this beer is BIG in every aspect. This very strong ale matures and changes with time, offering a rich complexity, not usually associated with beer. Many commercial products are even vintage dated to help manage stock. Because of its high alcohol content and rich character, it will be served, only in snifter.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
That1Guy (2231) - Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Crushed with Jakebra. About the darkest barley wine Ive ever seen. Get aromas of ethyl acetate and damascenone. It smells like a purple drink with booze. Sweet and cloying. Not pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Had on tap at their place. Pours dark Amber brown. Thin tan head. Aroma is toffee caramel. Flavor is lots of caramel. Very bitter. No noticeable alcohol. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (7247) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Glass from a growler on NYE. Quite dark and opaque. Alcohol was noted when I exhaled but it was not really minded in this beer. A very nice version. Lots of malts here with dark complex fruit. Wood and a bit of bourbon. The harshness that many BWs have is almost completely absent here. A really nice barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2411) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Dark black. Lot of personality to this. Wood, maybe oak. Raisens. Big alcohol hidden nicely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Sampled on tap at Square One on 01/12. Pours a deep brown color with beige head. Syrupy, malty, extremely syrupy. Big alcohol flavors. My least favorite at Square One.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Tap @ Square One. Pours a hazy, dark orangish brown appearance with an off white head. Dark fruity, caramel malty, somewhat earthy aroma. Pretty thick and strong, dark fruity, toasted caramel malty, light toffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (10012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Draft at Square One the week it came back on tap. Pours a deep, dark, murky brown color with a small beige ring for a head. Aroma has tons and tons of malts, with caramel, dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, and a note that comes across like sherry. The booze is certainly there, too- and in the flavor. Tons more malts, brown sugar, dark fruits- especially raisins and figs- and a piney hop note. Lingering booze. Full-bodied, with a very rich malty, boozy mouthfeel and mild carbonation that makes for a slick palate. This is one Id like to see bottled so I could sit on it. Maybe Ill do that with a growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1588) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Draft at the brewery.. I was so impressed with this. Pour is an intense deep brownish red with a thin tan ring of foam. Aroma is not unexpected just very solid; lots of toffee malt, light resinous hop, deep dark fruit, light orange, and faint brown sugar. Just wonderful so far. Flavor is also deep and rich with loads of caramel malt, deep brown sugar, light resinous hop, and faint dark fruit. So rich and so smooth. I was very impressed with this; probably my favorite St. Louis-brewed beer to date. It has depth of flavor and is so well rounded. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (4210) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Sampler at the brewpub. It poured a cloudy orange with a brownish head. Aroma was bread and malty. Flavor was sweet bread malts. Light alcohol taste with a medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bleeng (1680) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Cask at Square One. Dark brown with a small head. Shaker glass. Nose is very tangy and sweet-uh oh because I am not a big fan of sugary beers. And of course the flavors come very sweet, syrupy, cloying. Alcohol is upfront and not subtle. Body is very thick and viscous. Too sweet and syrupy for me-this was a tough one to get down.

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