overall
99
98
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 oz bottle, Bridge Street Kroger in Dublin, $15.99/6. Pours a darker brown, with creamy one-finger white head that dissipates into nothing; medium lacing. Aroma is indescribably just "old"--like an old wooden library full of dusty leather-bound books; dirt, tobacco, malt, some dark vinous fruit (maybe raisin). Flavor is similarly "old"; tobacco, dark malt, some bitterness in the finish offsets the sweet dark malt. Palate is fantastic; dark and full bodied, oily, yet not overly sticky. Not particularly sweet as barley wines go, which is fine. The other 5 bottles are already on the shelf and I may pick up another sixer for a longer-term aging venture. Very nice.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear copper kettle color with tan head. Pit fruit, toast, caramel, cardboard, sherry aromas. Medium bodied. Toasted, sharp spicy caramel flavors with pit fruits, herbals---nicely bitter warming finish___good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MNAle (140) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Aug 2016 bottled, reviewed in Dec 2016. Dark amber, somewhat cloudy, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Dark fruit and caramel somewhat weak aroma. Very smooth taste and feel. Taste follows the aroma, but is much more assertive, with dark fruit and caramel in the initial taste with a somewhat bitter finish that lingers for a short while. At 10.2%, the alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, but it is well controlled. This barleywine has a wonderful taste, but a somewhat subdued aroma. On balance, quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty hoppy bitter caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty warming finish with some hints of dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (827) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Pours a light caramel color with tan foamy head and lots of lacing. Semi-sweet aroma with some earthy wood tones. Light syrupy body. Some sweet caramel toffee and woody flavors with a warm alcohol finish. Decent lingering aftertaste. OK but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3605) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown mahogny in color with an off-white head. Sweetness, dark ripe fruits, fudge and nice malty tones in aroma. Raisins and vinous notes later on, quite nice vibes here. Smooth moutfeel. Raisins and brandy in taste, some bitter notes too. Great, sweet but enough with bitters are present. Toffee, some late spicyness, vinous and malty notes in the warming finish. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (494) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours deep mahogany, shirt beige head. Aroma of plum, brown sugar, raisin, black cherry, fresh cut hardwood, fresh bread. Taste of brown sugar, dark fruit, oak. The boozy finish is somewhat cough drop medicinal. Wish I wouldn’t have tasted that...now it’s all I can think about. And I really like everything else about this ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1446) - Beckley, USA - DEC 7, 2016
mohogany color; sweet caramel malt aroma; rich, sweet, caramel malt flavor; sweetness is tempered by lots of piney hops; some dark fruit notes and warm alcohol notes; bitter finish

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Its a good one. Definately will buy again. Nice cool pour. Clean taste and finish. Caramel and smoke vanilla woody soy sauce.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14868) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Sweet malty aroma. Scary soapy taste. Harsh palate because of that soapy hopping. Alcohol not hidden at all, this is sweet and boozy. Palate is heavy and sweet, sticky and slick, and the hops are aggressive. Finish has a woody dry bitterness. Harsh, bitter and boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Very dark brown color. Huge size, yellow head, stays. Looks nice. Malty, raisins, fruity, sweet, prunes in aroma. Sweet, hop tea, fruity, raisins, spicy in taste. Hop tea and sweet and prunes in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Quite nice brew.


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