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RATINGS: 1968   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2007
07 release. light amber/orange in color with a small to medium off white head. Aroma is resiny citrus and caramel, hops very prevalent and almost in the front. Taste is heavy citrus and pine, pretty bitter up front and throughout the taste, with plenty of pale malt/caramel to back the hops. Alcohol is a bit biting in the finish, but the amount of hop bitterness and taste covers it a bit. Good for a really fresh barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Brand new bomber. Clear orange color with a medium head. Fair lacing. Aroma of earth and butterscotch. Tasted a little raisin, also. Bitter and sweet flavor. Alcoholic texture. A bit too much alcohol warmth for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Bottle (2006) - First newbie tasting club - Lars brought it. Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Bread, berries, high/high hoppy, raisins plums, malty, fantastic - shut up - I Love It !! - Now you must shut up guys - I make no mistakes !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2006 version @ Coles Barleywine. my least favorite of the day. Highly carbonated with light body. Was excited to try & left dissapointed. Will rerate after I let it age for a while

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle - Vintage 2007. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel mixed in with citrus and floral hops. Flavor is a mixture of the fruity and citrusy notes of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malt. Ends with a nice bitter hoppiness. Quite a smooth beer for being so young. I am glad to try a fresh bottle before I try one that I have aged a year. Although this is a young beer it is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Fresh 2007 bottle. Amber with a moderate tan head. Floral hop aroma. Storong malty backbone supports the palate-coating hops. Some alcohol in the flavor, but not overwhelming. hops linger on the palate. finish is a bit metallic. I sampled this apres-ski and it warmed me up nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Winter 2005 bottle aged over a year. Pours a translucent golden/orange/amber with a creamy off white lacing head that had hints of orange. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, hints of oxidation and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, hints of alcohol but overall smooth and creamy. Hints of hop bitterness, some toasted malts and vanilla. What a fine Barley Wine. The year plus aging has done this one well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
early 2007 release...more like an amped pale ale or IIPA...amber body with medium head...aroma of floral and bitter hops, light malt, grain, and alcohol...flavor is mostly hoppy, little malt to talk about here (some sugars, but very little)...could have been aged a lot longer....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Only the fourth barleywine I have sampled, so dont take my word for it. The image I have of what a barleywine should be is Old Numbskull. This is much differnt than Old Numb. I felt as though this beer could have been lumped into a few other categories, other than barleywine, whereas, Old Numb was definately uniquely barleywine. This was a good beer and I really enjoyed it. Deep rich amber coloring and a fluffy off-white head. Alcohol was ver present - astringent and resinous. Sugary sweet, dark fruit, yet a touch of bitter hops close to the finish. Not terribly heavy and with a rather smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. I will try again next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 Amber pour with a nice creamy tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, fermenting fruit, and vanilla oak. This is most certainly too young to drink. Strong alcohol prescence and not much else. A bit of caramel and orange zest, but mostly rum/sherry like alcohol. Palate is medium/full, bitter, and has lots of alcoholic astringency. Great (and wierd) complexity (certainly more going on than I described here), but definatley way too young. I think this one is bound to round out nicely in a year or so.

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