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RATINGS: 1612   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoeckleJason (22) - - DEC 10, 2012
Excellent! Rating/drinking this one fresh, but some will go into the cellar for sure. Clean flavors from the malt and a distinct but not overpowering hoppiness from the finish. Warming and earthy.


3.7
poech73 (472) - Braine, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2017
On sale at Hoppy House BB 10/02/2015 >> Beau corps malté grenat sans col qui exhale des senteurs de caramel, de bois une âcreté maltée, et une amertume aigrelette.A l'attaque, la bouche est fort crémeuse,un peu épaisse sur des notes liquoreuses: c'est d'abord caramélisé puis boisé puis fort acre, et le tout très moelleux et doux. En s'épanouissant, la gorgée livre des saveurs plus épicées de vanille, de réglisse, et de fruits comme la mûre, la datte et la figue mais discretes.En finale je reste sur le caramel et une pointe d'aigreur. Je pense qu'elle commençait tout juste à s'équilibrer. poech push #471

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rejtable (2849) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2017
2014 vintage from Mike. Pours murky brown no head or lacing.
Notes of syrup, maple, breakfast tea, leather. Taste med sweet med bitter. Medium oily body somewhat sticky low carbonation and some alcohol warmth for sure.

3.5
ironcontra (493) - ATL, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2017
sweet, rye. alco is a little too perceptible at 10 - an alkoholfrei level for BWs

3.8
RasmusOtt (2902) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle @ dangerous julepeppernøddershare. Pours brown with an off white head aroma of caramel, dark sweet malts, slight alcohol heat and slight herbs. Taste of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, herbs, slight hops and alcohol heat.

3.6
Klimaet (3048) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle @Julekranse Share. Pours hazy dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of malt, bread, light hoppy, orange, caramel. Taste has some hoppy notes, bready malt, orange, caramel, bitter finish.

4.1
dnstone (3592) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2017
Pours an amber-brown in color with off white head. Nice deep malty aroma. Excellent roast malt flavor with some red fruit notes.

Notes: Westport Strong Ale Festival 2017

4.2
mitchclay2002 (8) - - OCT 21, 2017 does not count
Lots of malts, a hoppy taste, great aroma. Smooth as all hell! Highly recommend this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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balloonbuffoon (667) - - OCT 17, 2017
12floz bottle, BOD: 09.11.2017, $3 single. Poured into a large snifter glass where a nice head leaves measured marks as the ruby-brown body lowers. Malt forward aroma with brandy mixed in as well. For an American brewed barleywine this is more in line with the English style. Flavors of semi-sweet dried fruit and lightly burnt biscuit bitterness fully coincide with the mouth coating texture. Aged versions from my experience have even less hop presence.

3.8
oobawa (1804) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2017
2011 bottle. Pretty solid old ale, thick and rich with loads of caramel and toffee yet not overly sweet, still clinging onto the moderate bitterness on the back end. Undercurrents of red apple and honey, hints of dark fruit and a little citrus, leading to a dry, woodsy finish. Not sure if there's much difference between a six-year-old bottle and one that's only three or four, other than the alcohol's completely gone here and the yeast seems slightly more clumpy. Classic barleywine nose, tons of caramel and candy apple. Pour comes out a hazed tan with ridiculous amounts of yeast globules swirling around the glass. Smooth-as-silk texture without a hint of warmth. Good, but I think going beyond six years in the cellar will see diminishing returns.

3.8
higgsbison (271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Subtle and complex. The character really comes out once it warms. It is a hard beer to nail down for rating. A very long lasting bitter finish. But not overly bitter. I think it would be worth getting a six pack and putting a side for a few years ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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