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RATINGS: 1972   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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4.6
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
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
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
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
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.

3.6
theSlipperyPen (285) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours a reddened amber with a finger of quickly diminishing head. And when this goes it leaves only a touch of lacing; soon, though, the beer looks like brandy or wild honey, which is the first bold impression to meet the nose. Then there’s a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally there’s a perfume of white flowers and pine. It’s surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this there’s a rich toffee malt. Mouth feel is almost flat with just a tingle of carbonation. The finsh is long and tunes up the sweetness. As for the alcohol, the high ABV is mostly hidden and with time I’m sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands it’s certainly enjoyable, but not great; given two or three years I can see this settling into a highly complex beer. That hint of blue cheese promises good things.

4.2
Sparf (283) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2013
Enastående fruktig, aning vinös doft med inslag av torkade fikon, vanilj och karamelliserat plommon. Aning läder i bakgrunden också. Vackert kopparröd färg och ett utmärkt skum med ovanligt lång halveringstid för stilen. Den för barley wine så karaktäristiska sötman bryts här av med en rejäl dos humlebeska, som framför allt drar åt tall och citrus. Annars märks toner av läder, vanilj, ek och en lite saltaktig avrundning. Kroppen är fyllig, silkesaktig och varm. Dock utan att alkoholen tar över. Tvärtom är de 11 procenten bra tillbakadrivna för att inte förstöra upplevelsen. Tyvärr tar beskan över alltför mycket i eftersmaken där den dödar alla andra, mer subtila toner.

3.9
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.

4
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2006 bottle. Clear copper/red beer, small white head. Hoppy, malty aroma and a bit fruity (banana, raisins). Palate is great, very little carbonation and smooth. Flavour is very sweet/sugary, caramel, bitter. Hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

4.3
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2011
Slightly hazy ruby red body. Medium white head. A broad aroma of hops and earthy tones. Taste is incredibly deep, floral, herbal hops. Perfect incarnation of a barley wine.


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