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RATINGS: 1949   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
Pinball (12598) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
cloudy brown, smoot white head. hoppy spicy dry aroma, very nice. faint dusty. flavor is malty, sweet, very faint fruity, dry, super delicious, the hops and the malts balance really well.

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
’07 Old Guardian BW [released 1/07]-on tap -pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune. Taste is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune, spices, secondary hops, alcohol, syrupy. Sipping.

3.8
rosenbergh (11931) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 650 ml bottle. 2012 release. Thanks Jukka! HHOK XIII.
Clear reddish golden colour with a small off-white head. Sweet and dark American hops and malt in the aroma. The flavour is alcohol. There’s some sweet cookies and dark Stone hops that were recognisable even in the blind tasting. Too much alcohol in the flavour for me. It could be much more enjoyable when aged a little more.

650 ml bottle. 2010 Release. 11.1%. From bierkompass.de.
Murky reddish brown colour with a small light tan head. Mild sourness, malt, hops, bitterness and cookie dough in the aroma. The flavour is resiny hops, strong bitterness, sweet maltiness, warming (or even burning) alcohol and mild berry notes. Very much Barley Wine but with strong American hoppiness. Tasty and satisfying. Much better experience than the first one. This one is 2 years more aged.

4
madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottled Vintage 2006 + 2007. Amber coloured. .Unclear. Dense beige head. Pines, alcohol, sweetness, herbs and flowers in the aroma. Massive. Flavour is flowery, sweet and piney. Caramel and light fruits are notable. Full bodied. Is quite dyr. Is bitter and caramelly in the end. Thanks to Storm for sharing this, which turned out to be my American beer no. 600. Fantastic beer to celebrate this.

3.7
Meilby (11790) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle 650ml @ yngwie
Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4
shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. Earthy caramel malt, light sour milk, and hay aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet berry/apple, caramel malt, and moderately bitter herbal alcohol flavor. Nice body. Excellent.

4.7
77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 2010 Vintage bottle [email protected]: appearance is a slightly hazy copper, sweet malt (a sweetness that fills the entire mouth), caramel, lots of fruits (peaches, citrus, mango,…), there seems to be some residual hop in here but it seems to have melted in to the sweetness & mixed in with the fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet spices, cinnamon & vanille exceptionally balanced, not getting any alcohol here, nice malt-rich body, medium carbonation //// Got another bomber of this one // early 2010 Vintage, still very yummy but hops seem to be having a bit too much remaining bitterness for me tuning out the oranges, marmalade, pine goodness of before, tuned the score down from 4.9 to 4.7

4.4
BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap. Hazy orange pour with minimal head. Unreal aroma of wood, vanilla, some bourbon. Killer taste that is similar to aroma without a terribly overpowering hop kick. Awesome.

4
hopscotch (11433) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, orange ale with a fruity and malty nose with notes of butterscotch, toffee and caramelized pineapple. The flavor is mostly the same with additional undertones of alcohol and orange peel. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, sweet finish. Top notch brew!

3.7
faroeviking (11331) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
De botella. Unclear amber colour, medium off-white looking head. Sweet ripe fruity hoppy aroma with toasty malt and alcohol. Good filling mouthfeel. Quite sweet a flavour, fruity hops, sweet, toasty malt, some alcohol, sweet.


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