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RATINGS: 1643   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Luxuriously rich in character, this warming winter ale delivers over 10% alcohol in an oh-so-seductive manner. Deliciously fruity flavors lie under a bracing hop nose.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4173) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Bottled Nov 15, 2002, Sampled Oct 27, 2003
An amber color, it is a little bit hazy. Appears to be lightly carbonated, and shows a tan head when roused in the glass. The predominant aroma is of Sherry (a bit of oxidation has happened). There are sweet hoppy notes as well. The tasted is not as oxidized as the aroma would suggest. The flavor is lightly sweet, quite a malty beer at this point, though there is a hint of the hop flavor left in the beer. It is still pretty bitter in the finish, which helps to balance the sweetness well. The body of this beer is not overly thick, which for this beer is good. I can't wait to get a chance to try a fresh version of this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2003
shared this with duff and eczematic and like both of them i think i was slightly past my rating peak by this stage. a huge amount of flavour - melon, vanilla, sultanas and a fair bit of alcohol coming through. perhaps a little too heavy on the citric hop attack, it just came a little too early for me as i was still enjoying all the rich malty flavours. but i'm starting to get a little used to this kind of american beer and would like to try this again soon

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Pours a very cloudy amber with a large off white head. It has a strong caramel aroma with grapefruit, apricot, pine, molasses and ginger notes. The taste matches the aroma, with strong sweet fruit flavors backed by a pine hop bite. The alcohol is very well hidden. Thick and syrupy on the palate with a decent amount of carbonation. An excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Pours a dark amber with very little head. The aroma is of whisky and the flavor is carmely/fruity with little afterbite due to alcohol content. Moderatly hopped with thick mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This pours from a bottle similar to a light syrup. The smell is very hoppy and full. The taste is quite powerful of fruit and hops. The alcohol is not at all noticeble (until you drink the second bottle).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 This is exactly how I like a barleywine to be. Not sweet enough to be cloying and not so much alchohol that you can blow fireballs after taking a sip. The pour in this one is is dark and hazy with a little bit of head. Very rich with a full mouthfeel that is sweet like candy, but balanced out by the fruit flavors making it just right.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3531) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
This is a barleywine that isn't too sweet and isn't too hoppy, although it isn't quite hoppy enough. The fruitiness and surprising drinkability for a barleywine make this a pretty tasty beer though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
12 oz bottle pours a hazy apple red color with an off white head that produces sheets of lace. The aroma is quite fruity and woody and a touch sour like that of berries. The flavor is very balanced, somewhat sherry and cask like, but also hoppy but missing some of the character I noticed with some other Barley Wines. Having said that, this one is much more drinkable! The palate is well balanced with the flavor, just right. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. Overall, this is dangerous, for it is so drinkable that you notice the 11% ABV when it is too late. This is my seventh rating today; I'm done.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Victory continues to impress me with every beer of theirs that I sample. This one starts off with a rich, molasses nose that is more malty than hoppy. Rich, reddish amber color, murky, with an very small off-white head. Good lace. Initial mouthfeel is malty rich with molasses. Tastes like it smells. Finish is somewhat hoppy and very good. Hops come out increasingly as it warms. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11% BW. An excellent beer that makes for a premier winter warmer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This is a reddish colored beer with amber highlights. It pours with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. The remaining ring of foam leaves a very fine lace that gradually slides back down the glass to join the beer. The aroma is of cherries, alcohol, and a hint of apple. Very appetizing. The first sip presents a very thick feeling beer with sweet cheery flavors mingled with some hop bitterness and citrus flavors. The alcohol is very apparent in this young beer. After a few sips, some chocolate flavors become apparent, reminding me of chocolate covered cherries. The sweetness dominates this beer, and it is definitely a sipping beer.


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