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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.

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green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Cellar Temp. Pours rusty. Dark red in Eng. pint. Very little tan head; sustains only wisps. Has a dusty cherry lollipop aroma underneath pine sol. Unexpectedly heavy body. Flavor is more cherry lollipop with sweetness surrounded by resinous woody flavors and bold alcohol giving the ale broad complexity. Finishes with a deep swath of bitterness and a brief but nice aftertaste. Well crafted.

hotstuff (5145) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
On tap at Bells. No head, no lacing, uncarbonated, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Aroma was sugary, chocolate malt, sweet and alcohol. The flavor ws sweet, chocolate malt, hoppy, fruity, and vinuous. Tingly mouthfeel.

BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle courtesty of Styles: Slightly hazy ruby/brown color with a small tan head that fades to a lasting ring. The aroma is somewhat of a salty sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, alcohol, chocolate malt, dark fruits, apples. Itís very sticky and syrupy in my mouth, with light, feathery carbonation; finishing sticky and sweet. The flavors are molasses, pine & citrus hops, earthy grass, chocolate malts, mild alcohol burn, cherries, grains, honey. Finishes with a light alcohol feel, hops, and honey. I canít complain about the palate at all, though the flavors just werenít mind blowing.

Cobra (1100) - - FEB 6, 2005
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Hopefully itís fresh. Poured out a brown caramel color, with excellent clarity. Aromas are of chocolate malts, alcohols, candy sugars, chalky background. Maybe itís the water they use. Flavors are of chocolate malts, a slightly earthy hoppiness, and a background of sweet fruits. The esters are apparent, and the alcohol makes itís presence known as itís swallowed. Mild chalkiness as well. Medium mouthfeel, firm body. Malty, earthy, and slightly musty also. A decent old ale, but not the best I ever had.

hopdog (12486) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Poured a dark and cloudy reddish/brown color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, malts, dark cherries, oak, and a little smoky. Light spicy finish with light alcohol.

HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Gotta love a good barleywine night. Thankfully, it ended with this lovely beer. Very well balanced and enough hops to keep it from being flabby. A nice beer for a cold evening.

RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours brownish-red with a small off-white head. Lots of caramel malt in the aroma with some fruits. A little spiciness and hop bitterness in the flavor as well. Pretty complex and respectable Barleywine.

MrBunn (2812) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 Thin hazey head coats the nice dark amber pour. Aroma of cherries, barley, caramel. Taste is rich and deep, impossible to do justice with a lousy description... Awesome barley wine...

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pour is beautiful ruby amber with floaties and a nice thin skin tan head...aroma is pineapple, cherry, smoke, oak...delicious aroma...well rounded taste...absolutely delicious...caramel, molasses, dark fruits, oak, a little alcohol in the finish...very well balanced and well rounded...

mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2005
12oz bottle, 2002 bottling. pours with nearly no head. Typical aroma of aged barley wine...fruity malty delight. Thick sweet with some solid hop accents. This is good, maybe better when it was more fresh, or I íve just drank too many 2-3 year old barley wines...because it just doesnít stand out THAT much...or Iím crazy and its luscious for sure...actually its starts to remind me of a really jammy zinfandel...my favorite wine, and I like them big.

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