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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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3.9
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 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.

3.6
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
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2011
Aroma: Pineapple, blood orange, toffe.
Taste: Grapefruit peel, apricot, earthy, figs.
Mouthfeel: Full body, quite dry, lingering bitterness.

4.1
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 don’t 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
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.

4.3
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bold and beautiful. Very strong hoppy taste, medium roast, big on the alcohol. Tons of malt, caramel taste. Medium body. Great.

4.2
nwiseman (204) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 20, 2009
’09 bottle from VBS. Aroma is barley and lots of it. You can almost smell how thick this is going to be. Pours a deep amber and relatively clear with a thick luscious off-white head. Taste is slightly sweet with a some bitterness. Leaves an almost fruity flavor (pear maybe?) as well as that bready barley taste. A very tasty beer, but at 11%, this one’s a sipper.

4
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Aroma comes through as hops and heavy malt with a big alcohol note. The appearance is very nice an amber red/orange color that poured with an off-white head. The taste is wonderful with the strong malt and hops balancing very nicely. Wonderful beer

4
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 aroma very inviting with sweet malt.raisins,and grapefruit. Taste somewhat balanced for a new barleywine. Hops and alcohol round out the finish while sweet and citrus start off each sip. getting a good buzz from this doesnt hurt its rating either.

4
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle, 2004 vintage. Holy smokes, Batman! This stuff is potent and hoppy. It’s thick, syrupy, fruity, and just an all and all big beer. After I finished the bomber, I was toasted and happy. I have another bottle that I’m waiting to open for another year or so...mmmmm...


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