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RATINGS: 1964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottled early 2008 release. Pours a beautiful red copper. Thick frothy off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is licorice, fruity, pine and resinous hops. Flavor is caramel and toffee, molasses, licorice, pine, and phenols. Palate is smooth. The alcohol isn’t overpowering or really disguised, but well suited to the overall taste. Really strong flavor and well balanced. Finish is resinous and bitter but not cloying, and dry. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 2007 vintage. Nice deep amber pour. The sweetness of the malt is accompanied by alcohol in the aroma. Strong alcohol flavor with a lingering taste of hops. I actually understood what was written on the back of the bottle for a change. Early 2006 vintage. Coppery orange pour with an off white head. Aroma is alcohol, some sugar, and a bit of fruit (dried apricot). Taste is strong and sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. It gets to be a bit syrupy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bomber. Winter 2004 bottle. Pretty alcoholic...somewhat harsh yet delicious. Pretty interesting since it is about 18 months old. Lots of malt in the nose and flavor but quite a bit of bitterness has held up. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Wow. Wow. Wow. The best looking pour ever. solid amber with a huge powerful head that lasts. Smells of sweet malt and alcohol. Tastes of much the same but with a big hop. Long lingering finish that is both bitter and sweet. Love it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
aroma, fruitness, in the nose, old malts, color, sparkling medium amber, taste, the sweetness from the malts comes right through in front a ceral sweetness, ans a warming essence as well, the backend hops comes out, some bitterness, but awesome balance, overall, this is one of my favs, Iam glad I still have this one, after losing Old Horozontial

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pours a beautiful amber with nice white head. Left thick heavy lacing throughout entire drink.big malty, hoppy flavors. Aggressive barley wine. Should have laid it done a while. Very good though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2012
09 vintage. Cloudy copper with wispy white head. Aroma is sweet toffee and piney/floral notes. Very full flavors, sweet , still plenty of hop bitters. A little of the smokey, old malt character these can aquire with enough age. I think it could use a few more years. It has the strength and hops to stand up to the wait.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Citrusy with hints of toffee, and butterscotch. Very good and not too acidic, alcohol is not overpowering in the tatse and it is still very warming. Damned Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 24, 2004
A big beer not to be taken lightly. Slaps you around a bit with the hops, but the malts come and and turn this into some pretty sweet stuff. Little carbonation as in all good barley wines. Very relaxing and contemplative drink that is meant to be sipped.


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