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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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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Tmoney99 (14483) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle. Deep dark amber color with medium rocky tan head. Aroma was very complex and strong of ctrus and combo of sweets. Flavor was very similar with a long strong finish. Very good brew with a small bite.

3.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 (7/14/03): Murky brown with small off-white head. Aroma is rich, medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is malty, big, caramel, mint/grapefruit. Full bodied and medium acidic. (11/14/02): Garnet with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, fruity -- raisin and cherry. Flavor is rich, sweet, and very fruity -- the alcohol is very well hidden. It's a very good beer, but I'll be honest -- I can't see why this is considered a top 50 beer (8/4/8/4/16).

3.9
Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Hazy brown ale with floaties. Honey and sweet malt aroma with light hoppyness. Sweet earthy malt with sharp hops, molasses, and alcohol warmth. Rich and thick and oily. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

3.6
Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Original Rating 12/3/2007. Bottle. Not my favorite barley-wine. Flavors don’t seem to meld quite right until the beer was quite warm. Pours brown and cloudy with sediment. Taste of molasses and hops. Thick mouthfeel, as expected. 5/3/7/4/14/3.3

Rerate 6/25/2008. Batch 8269, bottled 1/11/08, from Market Street Wine Shop Downtown Location. Cloudy reddish brown pour with a tiny but persistent head. Aroma is very sweet and reminiscent of baked goods. Taste is dark fruits, brown sugar and a strong hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7

3.5
bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2008
Bottled. Dark brown color. Vinous aroma with raisin and grape juice. Vinous, woody flavor with bready notes, a firm earthy and flowery hopbitterness. Medium bodied, a bit rough and alcoholic, but not without complexity.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
Blind rating. Pours copper with virtually no head. Aroma is floral, perfumey hops, caramel malt (cookie) and maple notes. Heavily hopped, bitter and acidic drying flavor, maple and caremel malt , burning alcohol (isopropyl) finish. Medium bodied and smooth palate.

3.6
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brwon color with a thin head. Hoppy, floral, sweet flavor with a warm alcohol finish.

4.1
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2003
This brew pours a dark brownish-orange color with a very thin light beige head. The aroma is strong malt with a little raisin and caramel. The body is very robust, with flavors of malt, peppery alcohol, berries and brown sugar. There is a lot going on in the flavor but it all meshes well. The finish is a little tart for my taste but I imagine an older bottle would be more mellow. I will definitely try this again.

4.4
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz bottle, bottled in August 2010. It pours a murky brown with tons of sediment. The head is small and fizzy, not the greatest looking beer. The smell is nice though. It has lots of dark fruits, caramel, and some very noticeable yeast notes. It has a certian hint of spice to it that is very nice The taste is awesome. Just a mouthful of flavor. It has a lot o the aforementioned dark fruits, some very nice yeast notes, a surprising bitterness, and a ton of sweetness. It is initially a bit overpowering (I am also drinking it a bit cold (30 minutes removed form fridge) and cloying the the sweetness department but then it mellows down. It is a yeasty barleywine that is quite unique and well worth a try. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-01-2010 01:41:49

3.9
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes


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