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RATINGS: 1620   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Deep dark color. perfectly balanced flavors of malt hops and alcohol. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6372) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 Poured a cloudy reddish brown color with a small, yet coating yellowish tan head. Dark fruits and malted aroma, very sweet. Slight hop taste, some caramel/molasses malt then a spicy, peppery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Thanks again to redlem for yet another beer! Pours a clouded copper-red with a medium tan head. Nose is malted with spice notes - cinnamon or nutmeg - along with ripened fruit. The taste expands on these but adds some tartness and a semi-dry mouthfeel. Finishes with some fruit and yeast notes. Outstanding barleywine! Will need to get another to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beamish (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003 does not count
Possibly the best old ale or barley wine style beer brewed, a little lighter than the style might call for but very easy on the palate. A quick swirl of the bottle before the last pour will bring out any yeast that might have settlet on the bottom of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This stuff is really great, a little light on the palate then I prefer for this style, but a truly great bw none the less. Pours a dark brownish amber color, with a big creamy head. The flavors are of dark fruits with some sharp cheese flavors and aromas coming through as well. Flavor is very full and interesting right up until the finish, which is much like a sweet biscuit taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Cloudy brown, no head. viscous body, sugary, fresh bread aroma. Big malt profile - cereal, biscuits and muffins, all at once. Alcohol pops up for a second, then leaves. finish is surprisingly dry and peppery, leaving you, the beer drinker, wanting more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Frothy-thick, cake-like head above an opaque amber. Fresh aromas. Incredible mouthfeel; smooth, rich, deep and rewarding. Malts were very rich and deep. Notes of caramel, toffee, rock candy, molasses and chocolate. Balanced hop bitterness. Warm alcohol. Toasty finish. With each sip, my mouth and mind went for a little ride. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2003
I'm rating this beer retrospectively. Its been a few months since I had it, but I don't see myself getting it again for a while, so I'm going to go ahead and rate it. Tastes and smells exactly like a barleywine should. Rich maltiness dominates, nice fruitiness (raisins, dates, dark fruits), spicy hops (no citrus), and some peppery alcohol. Flavor amtches the aroma. Full body, medium-low carbonation, some warming from the alcohol. In my mind, this is an ideal barleywine. When I visit Ohio for the holiday, I will certainly be picking up some of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
My last bottle from 1999. Murky chocolate brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. Aroma is heavy molasses, raisin, apricot and burnt malt. Hints of sugar cookie, earthy yeast, aromatic hops. Minor alcoholic nose. Big fruity sweet taste initially with a dose of bitterness, spiciness and smoke towards the finish. Sticky and oily mouthfeel is accompanied by a warming alcohol presence. The brandy comparision is appropiate. Different from many barley wines as this one is more sublime in it's attempts to overthrow your palate, complex still enough. Very good brew and the aging seemed to work well. I have 2001 and 2002 bottles to compare. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Golden yeast floaties in this dark brown beer. The head is well developed half inch. Smells like cookies, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar, cereal, smells awesome. Bitter flavor at first, not very sweet. Subtle and rich. Its like a bitter candy, maybe toffee. Very nice.

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