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RATINGS: 1943   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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4.2
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Rating #1289 - 21.10.2014 - Stone launch @Craftbeeryeg. Draught. Hazy orange-brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is hot, alcohol, pastry dough, burnt sugar, orange rind. Taste is an alcoholic hoppy punch, lots of IBUs tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, but not thoroughly undisguised. Would love to try a 2-3 year aged.

4.6
Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle aged from 2014. Still a good bit of carbonation on the pour. Sweet tropical fruit on the nose as well as on the palate. Truly delicious. I hadn’t been anticipating this year’s release but I am now.

3.7
zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Big heavy and so tightly stuffed but difficult to see all the individual elements. Dark brown, boozy and long on the palate. Needs more definition. Not bad.

4.2
GenkiGonzo (1092) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle from CBB. Ruby amber with an off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Starts as malty as the aroma but has a hint of hops at the end to stop it being too cloying.

4.1
emartell (352) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - OCT 24, 2015
Notas dulces, malta, granos. Color rojo cobrizo, destellos granates, carbonatacion media, Corona de espuma abundante de alta retención. En boca maltosa, dulce, afrutada y potente. Al paladar es compleja, notas a frutos secos, principalmente higos y pasas. Ligeramente dulce, maltosa, cremosa. En general muy buena cerveza, sin embargo al ser del 2015 aun se percibe demasiado joven.

3.6
GIJOE (1249) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Reddish brown pour. Sparse lacing. Sweet caramel aroma, with notes of spice and dark dried fruits. Taste is quite sweet and a bit boozy. Oily, sticky mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Very pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
vjohans (763) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
2013 Bottle Fruity american bw. Full body long finish. Medium sweet. Nice bw

4
Kroney (256) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Growler to snifter. Appearance: unfiltered apple cider. Aroma: honey, burnt sugar, alcohol, musty hardwood, raisins, dried apricot, hints of floral hops. Taste: dried fruit sweetness, honey, sweet malt, alcohol, good hoppy finish to balance. Palate: minimal carbonation, dry, warm. Great beer.

3.7
Foffern (1952) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle at home. 3 year old. Has a slightly hazy deep reddish orange color with a small ivory head. Lots of hops in the aroma with apricot, ammonia, caramel, oak and alcohol. The flavor has a lot of caramel along with sweet biscuit, grassy hops, harpix, ammonia and dried fruit. Full-bodied, soft mouth feel, and has a medium bitterness. A rich, hoppy and well balance American barley wine. The hops area surprisingly present after three years.

3.8
DeanF (2471) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
Summer’s setting so it’s time to bust out the barley wines, give em a try, after hauling them up from the southern wastelands of urbanity to the far north where I can try them in peace - where the northern lights shine (well not tonight, it’s clouding and snowing and all) and there are plenty of movies on netflix (well not many actually, the Canadian version seriously sucks). But anyways I got a video game here to play.... maybe. I know the purists will be like "but barley wine’s not supp0s3d to have head, l00z3r!!" but I’m gonna say it, the head’s not so hot but all right. Also a nice dark gld body with, what... carbonation? In a barley wine? Kinda odd, but whatevs, right? The aroma is quite nice for an eleven percenter, smells like a weak amber, appetizing and not cloying at all like other high alcohol monsters. There are hops in there, a bit of caramel, softly spoken but carrying a big stick (unless they’re fibbing aboot the abv, but I doobt it). The flavour is a strong and intelligent caramel that is prominent and forceful but not disgusting. This is one of the most balanced barley wine’s I’ve had. It’s on your mouth but it’s not overbearing, not a pile of fusel madness all over the place, and in fact is quite nice to drink. Medium finish. Kind of a candy flavour over arching to the whole thing but still restrained. You know like the karate masters - they don’t show every move they have, but after awhile you understand that their finesse and experience reveals that they really could kick your ass. This is intelligent, well-defined stuff and kudos to the brewers, they are using their skilllz for good and not evil. Let’s hope it stays that way.


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