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RATINGS: 1947   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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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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auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release - 22 Oz. Bottle Crystal clear fiery amber, orange and fusion of ruddied sunsets, opposite the gray palor of today. Rimming this opulent liquid is a silky, lacing brown bag head, with nicely stacked micro bubble, champage carbonation and swirling lace. The aroma is subtle and deft, but not entirely exhilirating. It has a sultry sugar base, with floral explosions and rocketing rubbed herb savory touches. Definate bananas over plum sauce in a pot of ageing malt. Finish with a lightly medicinal curry of time. Flavor is an almost buttery mingling of cloying malts and hop residues. It’s quite enjoyable. At first I find myself melting a black cherry compote on the roof of my mouth, before it’s swept away into a sea of orange and pine cream, with delicious glowing florals. The hops are really elequently done in this beer, with the better half showing and the harshness backed off. The malt plays here too, with supple candied sugars and a touch of light milk chocolate. In the end, there’s an amalgamation of vegetal lemongrass on my tounge and a wistful smack of plums and cocktail sauce. I think succulent well describes this beer. Needless to say the palate is totally enjoyable, with heavy balance and gracefull movements. Alcohol is amazingly subdued, adding only appreciated quality and heightened awareness to the profile of the beer. Thanks for this awesome experience Andy!

3.9
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Very good. I don’t drink barley wines much, so I was expecting it to be very, very strong...but it was suprisingly smooth and easy to casually drink. Despite the other posts here, I think it hides its high alcohol content very well. It’s only drawback?...you can’t drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night.

3.8
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2006
A hoppy malty aroma. Pours a nice amber with almost no head and just a tiny lacing. This beer is almost sweet to the point of being thick. Alcohol, malt, and hops flavor this beer in that order. I’m sure I don’’t know enough about BW’s to say more than if you don’t think you like them drink a bomber by yourself and by the end you will respect them and like them.

3.1
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught. 2005 vintage. Clear, deep amber color with thin off white head and scrawny looking lace. Strong malty aroma reminiscent of molasses. I also smelled some weak citrusy hops and grape candy. Tastes of alcohol mostly with toffee and caramel in the background. Full bodied.

3.9
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what I’ve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.

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marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 vintage. Clear and reddish brown pour - almost no head but it lasts throughout. Just a little sweet and very strong on the alcohol aftertaste but certainly expected.

4.3
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 Vintage. 22 oz. Bottle and draft at Dilly Deli. Pours just a tad cloudy, deep orangish amber. ~1cm. off white, tannish head. Dissipates quickly to a layer of foam that ends up going away completely. Not much lacing. Huge, fruity hops and big sweet malt aroma. Citrusy, grapefruity, carmelly, grapes, cherries, fruit punch. Flavor is nice and bitter, then really sweet with a big malt backbone that carries a ton of complexity. It’s hard to pick out individual flavors. Really florally and grapefruity after the swallow. Mellows as it warms. Palate - high level of carbonation. Really nicely balanced between a ton of bitterness and a big, thick, chewy, but smooth malty mouthfeel. Feels light for how big it is. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but hides 11% really well. Great Barley wine. Not as sweet as some others. Right now it has a ton of hop flavor and aroma. Really nicely balanced, ton of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma with a big, thick malty backbone. I bought a case and look forward to re-rating as it ages.

3.8
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a large pale yellow-brown head. Strong aroma of malts, fruit, butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. Some hops too. Strong hoppy bitter taste with a lovely alcohol burn. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with a very nice smooth finish. The body could be thicker and less agressive on the hops, but otherwise perfect.

3.7
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Spring 2006 bottle. Slightly hazy orange body, head is well retained, thin with small bubbles. Strong WC hop aroma, lots of citrus, pine, resin, sweetness and alcohol noticable. Taste is lively hops, balanced sweet malts, alcohol well masked. Malts are pretty sweet but balanced for a barleywine, some caramel flavor in there, slightly buttery. Body is very soft and approachable, but probably a little thin for the style. Solid stuff.

4.2
Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Hazy orange amber, small lasting tan head.Alcoholic butterscotch nose.Taste is mostly alcohol and butterscotch, lots of hops. Thin and lacks body. The hoppiest,thinnest barleywine I have ever had. Don’t see what all the fuss is, the alcohol kills all the other tastes.6,3,5,2,11 Rerate Sept 14/06: Tap at the Archer. Wow what a difference!!.Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Toffee,brown sugar nose.Well blended and complex molasses.brown sugar flavor, decently hopped,with medium alcohol heat


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