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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 372   ABV: 12.4%
Imported English floor-malted barley is the cornerstone of this traditional ale. Named Barleywine due to its extremely high alcohol content, this ale was created to celebrate special occasions and seasonal holidays- particularly of the cold weather variety.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2009 reserve on cask in brandy sifter at pub: sparkling clarity in ruddy brown pour, mild carbonation. Brassy caramel malt and fusel alcohol aroma. Floury nose with complex caramel malt flavors blunted by harsh alcohol in a too-thin medium body, some oily hold on rim but not legs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arthaey (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Little bit more bitter than I like in barleywines, but still solid overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
944play (409) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
2014 on cask. Garnet with fine low off-white head. Stupendous peach, dried apple, gummy bear, and cigar box nose. Intense fig and fruitcake flavor goodness is tailed by gentler pine and ginger notes. Finish is of a drawn out cola experience, with the low carbonation deceptively prominent. What a gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
A mildly fruity aroma of dates. It has a brown color with gold notes. A relatively mild flavors slightly fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3030) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of tropical fruits, flavor is caramel, tropical fruits, booze on finish... Really smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16249) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
On tap @ Third St Aleworks. This is the 2009 Version. Not sure why this needed to be aged 4 years, but okay. Sort of rust, copper colored pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is intensely sweet. Oxidized sherry notes, port, and chocolate. Tons of sugar, caramel, and dates. A bit of booze as well. Flavor is really, really sweet. Lots of sugar and caramel. Dates, slight sherry, some vinous fruits, and maybe a touch of chocolate. Not terrible, just not great either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2874) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. Big fruity alcohol aroma, malty, warming, caramel, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Garnet red with a creamy tan head. Cereal grain toffee vanilla and wood aroma and taste with a caramel finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/2/2007 Total Score: 3.7
Brown copper with creamy off-white head. Caramel, toffee, and alcohol aroma. Thick sticky palate. Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and caramel taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (41913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is yeasty and caramelish. Light fruity. Sweet and dense caramelish with a light hops fruity note. Bitter, caramelish and dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Thick and rich in appearance, texture, and flavour. It has a deep, slightly reddish brown colour and it is somewhat cloudy, giving it a different and memorable appearance if not exactly ideal. it has a nicely laced, long lasting, frothy head that is indicative of the thick & frothy, but not fizzy, texture. The flavour has a definite sweetness to it, but this wonderfully offsets the strong, rich, full bodied flavours and the hoppy bitterness. Heavy duty, but also very drinkable and memorable.

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