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RATINGS: 1946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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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rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Deep golden beer with a nice beige head. Malty almond aroma, caramel, nuts, caramel, pine, hops, honey notes, grass, biscuits, some toffee. Hoppy floral flavor, warming alcohol, honey, pine, almond, biscuits, figs, hay, bready, some caramel. Malty alcohol finish with figs and almond.

Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Golden bronze, thin head. Chewy, resiny aroma with oatmeal cookie dough. Deep resiny hop palate with that tongue-scraping bitterness that extends past the taste threshold. Rich malts in the finish with alcoholic warmth. I’ve had too many beers like this.

chrisv10 (18346) - DENMARK - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, hops, bitter. fruit and pine.

TBone (18211) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber color, small white head. Rye malty, alcoholic aroma. Malty, ryeish, alcoholic - American hops are there. Boring, yet another strong American beer.

yngwie (17233) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle, 22oxz. An almost clear one, copper in color and with a minimal sized off-white to beige head. Caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and some fluor on the nose, rather hoppy, still balanced. Flavorwise it’s pretty much the same, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits and sweetness. Warming and full-bodied. The finish has a nice bitterness, some notes of fluor and a certain malty sweetness. A delicious beer indeed, although a bit sweet. 110722

FatPhil (17062) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2015
660ml bottle (Alko, Arkadia) - 2012 release, drunk 2015-03
Beautiful rich malty barley wine aroma, nice bitter hopping to that too. Hazy orange, odd, it should have settled for ever. Massively soapy taste. Bitterness very resiny. Drinkability remarkable for a 12% beer, no heat or even warmth. But it’s not too sweet and sticky either to cover it. Sure, it’s chewy with toffee and caramel, but that just fits with the classic BW feel. Shame about the soapiness, othewise this would have been great.

Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle 2010. Hazy dark orange color, maybe light red. Smell hops, caramel, light alcohol. Taste hops, little alcohol, little fruits. Nice mouthfeel. High but pretty ok carbonation.

brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2007 Vintage: A: A nice amber color without much head to speak of and hardly any lacing. S: Extremely malty and sweet caramel, the hoppiness that is usually present in this beer when fresh is almost gone. T: Lots of malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, and some very slight bitterness. M: Almost syrupy--very full bodied with low carbonation. D: Much more drinkable than it’s fresh counterpart, but obviously not something you’re going to have several of.

Ferris (16487) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Caramel malts, raisin and plum. Clear amber gold with a huge beige head. Toffee, caramel, molasses and a hoppy dark sugar finish. A little one sided with tons of sugars but little other interesting flavors.

Dedollewaitor (16381) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Trade with Baggio. Pours unclear orange amber with a small creamy lasting white head. Vinous, strong, sweet, matured, fruity, complex, smooth. Fine balance. Very nice and sippable.

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