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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This entry is for the non-barrel aged portion of this beer. Released in bottles.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (4305) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Pretty unassuming for a barley wine, very subtle. Sweet malty aroma, pour is normal for the style, malty taste, little warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out amber topped with a tan head. Nose is a little old caramel sweetness malts and some malts. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel toffee malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6113) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep orange, wispy tan bubbles. Nose is hoppy and sweet, candied hops, cream, lactose, funky, moss, yogurt. Taste is quite sweet, honey, light pine, unbalanced towards sweet, almost no carb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2014
On draft @ Stoudts. Pours a beautiful auburn caramel color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to a lacy ring Sweet bread smell with a hint of hops on the nose. Smooth malty toffee taste with again a faint hop presence in the aftertaste. Not the best barleywine I have had. But certainly nowhere near the worst. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bomber from some old (2008) trade.

Im a bit of a moron for leaving this one in the cellar for so long. Relatively dark pour, decent head given the age. Cheese and wet cardboard nose of oxidized hops. Quite dry with a sort of lemon marmalade on burnt toast kind of thing. Really not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkska101 (1867) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
750 ml shared with seb bought at winooski A: soft caramel, nutty App: hazy brown minimal white head. T/p: med body long bitter finish. Velvety texture O: OK but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours reddish brown with thin white head, Aroma is malts, nuts, caramel, Taste sweet malts, caramel, toast, lively and bitter on tongue, dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (2205) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is earthy, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet with trace bitters, mostly sweet though. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Had off tap and it was much better then some of the reviews here, maybe there was an issue with the bottling.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
Cheers for the 8.5%. But thats about it. Everything else was very middle of the road. the flavor and body were very understated. Three words come to mind when I tried this one, weak, meek , and small.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
In short: A boring toasted and caramelized amber ale with oxidation. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged. Age unknown, a few bottles bought not so long ago in Vermont but the taste makes me seriously doubt the freshness, probably an old dusty case found in the Winooski storage room.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is basic toasted cereals with hints of cardboard oxidation. Taste is toasted cereals (bread crust), some caramel (less than expected for the style), earthy notes, some cardboard notes, distant notes of hops resin. Plenty of bubbles in a medium body. Not very sweet at all, especially for the style. Not very tasty either. No complexity, straight-up toastiness with a bit of caramel and not much else going on except for the oxidation. Very boring beer. I think one of my favorite beer store sold me an old bottle, but as I often say: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me 634 times youre a beer store and youll fool me many many more times.

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