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RATINGS: 1950   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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3.6
Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt and caramel, with tobacco and wood from hops. Sweet malt and alcohol flavour with plenty hops and bitterness. Tasted side-by-side with Thomas Hardy (On tap at The Rake, August 2009) it was extremely powerful. And very much lacking in sophistication.

3.5
bierkoning (13815) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has mango, pineapple, red berries and citrus. Malty flavor with loads of earthy hops. Hints of pineapple and mango. A considerable dry out effect. The balance is lacking a bit.

3.9
Rune (13780) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Poured from a 650ml bottle, vintage 2013, 11.6 % abv, that I bought at Systembolaget in Växjö a while ago. Deep amber-red body, opaque last pour. Beige head blanketing the glass. Sherry nose, toffee and dark fruits. Rich in flavour bringing details of dried fruits, almond, bread, herbal hops and brown malts. Prolonged ending with integrated alcohol. Well bodied. A typical late eve sipper enjoyed for an hour or so (Tromsø 17.04.2015).

3.7
Desverger (13759) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle (2013 Vintage) from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - dark brown coloured pour with cream head. Pretty sweet malty aroma and taste, toasty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity and nutty, some spices (nutmeg) on the palate, light herbal notes, medium body and low carbonation, boozy finish. Lovely.

3.5
Camons (13523) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Denver. 2011 classic release. Pours dark / burned orange with creamy white head. Aroma of caramel, bisquet, resin, grapefruit, citruss. Taste is starting of sweet with caramel, sweet malt, toast, but is soon overtaken with bitter hops, resin, grapefruit, pine, bit of a alchohol burn. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter finish. Good beer, but more like a IIPA the a BW. 030311

3.9
hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Poured a dark amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and light hops. Tastes of fruits, malts and hops.

3.9
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel.

4.5
slowrunner77 (13211) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 "is it possible for a beer to punch you in the face (twice-first a malt jolt, then tremendous hops), and yet still leave you wanting to drink another right away. that was my first experience with this massive-in-every-way beer, and I haven’t changed my mind. BEST BARLEYWINE EVER!!! the only thing preventing this from being a 5 is that it was better fresh...it didn’t age as well as a Barleywine should."

3.7
Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt

4
thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Cracked Kettle, Amsterda.
[2009 vintage]
Pours a nice orange, fairly clear with a big, staying, creamy, yellowish head. Really an appetizing look. Lovely sweet caramel aroma, light toasted, somewhat grainy. Good hoppiness, some strawberry, peach, grapefruit and light piney. Medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely balanced between malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness (of which there is a lot) and viniousness. Peachy, grapefruity hops, some pine. Long, lingering vinious and heavy bitter aftertaste. Really a nice sipper.


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