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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A barley-wine style ale. The strong malt character and dark color is produced using a long boil and the fines British and American barley. Rich fruit flavors and aromas are balanced by a pleasant bitter taste. The finish is long and lingering, making the drinker want another...that and the 9% alcohol content.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
I had this beer on tap. The color is nice with a nice dark red hue. The smell if of cherries and roasted malt. The taste is nice and full with a faint hop bite. A good beer, but not really a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3255) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle shared. Pours a clear amber with a finger of foam that dissipates. Prune and raisin driven nose with some light brandy like character and malt. Fruit forward with good malt character a touch of oxidation. A nice and smooth winter warmer that was nice shared amongst friends!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (14082) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Medium mouth, candy sugar, dark fruit, booze, sweet finish, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
650ml bottle. PRetty middle of the road barleywine, sweet caramel, missing some body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (10095) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear dark amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some herbal hops sweet malts, caramel, leather, a moderate fruit character with a touch of bitterness to the finish. A touch on the thin side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
22 ounce bottle
A bargain at $3.99 this was a decent barley wine with a Midwestern touch. Typical of many of the non-sour Upland beers it has some weaknesses. Overall though they are masked by a strong presence, great price, and well thought out winter warmer.

Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red base is trapped under a bubbly head of foam. Musty leather, wet shoes after a winter hike, and sweet red vines tether it to the later months of the year. Hops are present but do not really take center stage.

Flavor / Palate - Almonds, cherries, and fresh hops brighten the palate. Sweet aspects carry a chewy mouthfeel to a creamy and long lasting conclusion. A decent beer is slightly memorable and above average. At best though it makes a strong case for being a solid regional to fallback on when you get tired of Sun King, New Albanian, and other Indiana brands.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle; Pour is murky brown / mahogany with a two finger, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. The nose is mineral, dark fruit, caramel and toffee, with a hint of grassy hops present here as well. The flavor profile is malt forward initial, blending somewhat messily with the dark fruits ; sugar plum moves to brown sugar , with some biscuit and grass present ; Its not very impressive honestly - but its not bad either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Im not the biggest fan of sweet, heavy beers, I dont know, I guess I was in the mood. Pours reddish copper, with a ring of foam. Smells is lots of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very smooth, slick palate. Taste is lots bready, toasty caramel and other sweet flavors. Nice bit of spruce and pine in the finish. I dont know if I would drink all the time, but it hit the spot this time. BTW, the label says 8.5%, not 9...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The flavor has some toasted malt as well as toffee, caramel, sweet brown sugar/molasses and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2012. Caramel color, off-white lace with medium retention. Smells like oxidized booze. Still a bit hot, simply doesn't click like the good barleywines do. Leaves much to be desired.

Not sure why Upland even bothers to bottle anything other than their Lambics. This pales in comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1879) - Victor, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle from someone. Thanks, unknown bro! Pours a mahagoany color with about a billion suspended yeast particles floating about. Aromas of heavy malt, some dark fruit, some hop presence still left. This is a 2012 by the way. Pretty heavy on the palate, not a hop forward Barleywine (at this point anyway), but still damn good. I like this a lot. Finishes sweet with notes of tobacco and spice.

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