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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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1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2005
I sipped some of this from my fiances glass. It has a really nice dark red color and only a trace of foam, limited to the edges of the glass. This beer smells and tastes like a horse. Not the shiningly clean show-horse variety, but the smelly, dirty, unkempt ones that are always swatting away flies. That kind of horse.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
o_Merlin_o (214) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a beautiful red oak color, with zero head. Very little aroma. Initial flavor is quite sour, rapidly changing over to a cherry and orange peel flavor. Overall, a little too sour for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2013 bottle. Clear copper, thin off-white head. caramel, citrus, floral, bread, lots of alcohol. medium sweetness, very bitter. full body, creamy, thick feel, astringent finish. Overwhelmingly bitter at the temperature Id normally serve it at, but it balances out some after a while.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Very good. I dont 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. Its only drawback?...you cant drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2009
22oz bottle, 2009 release. Pours golden amber with a small head. Smell of malts and alcohol. Flavor is characteristically malty at first, but then the bitter hops dominate on the way down. Spicy with dark and citrus fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Some aging would balance the bitter flavor profile, but its very good fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
The aroma is bitter and fruity. The flavor has less fruit and more of the hop bitterness. Flavors mix well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2011
Aroma: Pineapple, blood orange, toffe. Taste: Grapefruit peel, apricot, earthy, figs. Mouthfeel: Full body, quite dry, lingering bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On draft at Rattle n Hum. I dug this one. Pours a dark amber orange colour. Aroma of honey, floral hops, citrus, malts, with a hint of grass and bread notes. The flavor is pretty much the same. Watch out with this one-high abv which is not noticeable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 bottle. 10.06% alc. in this one. Nice citrus nose. I swear I got a hint of spice. But I dont know if my nose is being honest with me on that one. Only a hint of anything beyond the citrus hops. On the tongue, althought the bitter hops are dominant, I can still get a sense of the "darker" side. Underneath the bitterness (that sticks around for quite a while) there is a hint of caramel. But it pales in comparison to the hops. May need aged a bit more to come to its full potential. Once it warms to the ideal drinking temperature, alcohol starts to become quite evident, and it begins to resemble a sherry on the tongue. Still kind of hot, though, unfortunately.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Deep rich honey with a bit of orange color. Not much of a head, white in color. The flavor has strong notes of peach, and the alcohol tinges the mouth, but at the same time the bodyis smooth, and the end dry. This reminds me of the Newport Storms yearly bottles excpet less fruity. Not bad for the style, drinkable for a strong beer.


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