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RATINGS: 1618   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2014 Re-rate 1/5/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at Orenís place. Thanks troubles. Clear deep red. Aroma of malt, caramel, cookies and a bit of hazelnuts. Sweet flavor, alcoholic and malty, with caramel, a bit of cookie notes and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. OK, but a bit too simple and alcoholic. 7/4/6/3/12=3.2

(11/3/08) Bottle sample at a tasting in Pizza Port in Carlsbad (thanks whoever). Cloudy reddish-brown color with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, a bit of earth and wood and chocolate hints. Very sweet and malty flavor with caramel, some chocolate hints, some fruitiness and alcohol notes. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13659) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, vanilla, and candy sugar. Medium mouthfeel with sweet vanilla, light roast, oak, wood, and light boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13525) - 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, Capfluís BW tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Original Rating 12/3/2007. Bottle. Not my favorite barley-wine. Flavors donít 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (13054) - La Tropica, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13015) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12578) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (12530) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Drmatt]
Pours a deep redish brown with a fine, creamy beige head on top. Aroma is really stunning! lots of malts, caramel, sugars, lightly roasted, some slight chocolate and a good raisin-based fruitiness. Low carbonation - very oily mouthfeel. Flavour is brilliantly balanced. Very sweet with a surprising chocolate edge to it. Lots of fruits, caramel, toffee, chocolate and a warming viniousness. Really stunning - damn, Iíve had some good BW lately!

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