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RATINGS: 1652   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful. S: It’s actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. It’s definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more ’standard’ than I was expecting. T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isn’t much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost ’salty’ to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, it’s that the sweetness here isn’t well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. There’s just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isn’t quite enough. Every once in a while, there’s a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate. M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, it’s still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. It’s more salty than anything. Nonetheless, I’m really impressed how well the booze is hidden. O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, it’s still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, I’m really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better.


3.7
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours a deep copper-hued amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, red fruits, toffee, raisins, peaches and hints of pineapple, syrup and lychee. Taste is red fruits, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee and hints of rose petals and lychee. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice and fruity American barley wine without too much bitterness; perhaps a bit anonymous but still nice.

4
meccahh69lol (220) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Here we have the first barleywine we’ve rated on here somehow and its a good one. Pours a nice dark amber brown with a thick malty foamy hoppy head. Lovely brutal hop lacerations tantalize while the malty undertow reels you out to sea. The 11% is well hidden, but the effect are not. Good for playing alternately poorly and very well at pinball while contemplating the sandwiches to come.

4.4
AndyW68 (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Very nice. Rich mohagany red pour with minimal sticky head. Aroma of rich sweet dark fruit. Taste follows nose with plum and raisin forward. Carmalized malt and an alcohol burn.

3.9
simontomlinson (372) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2017
Minimal beige head cover finely carbonated mahogany coloured body. Stewed fruit & sugar roma. Medium Bodied. Airy. fine carbonation on the palate. Cloying. Sweet stewed fruits to the fore with lots of sugar. This is followed by a bitter back of citrus, hops & clove with long grapey finish. At four years old this tastes like it is past it’s best & at three years old was at it’s premium.

3.6
VastActiv (7102) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is deep reddish orange with small white head. Sweetness, dry fruits, hops and malts. Pretty good.

4
flatearthman (60) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2017
On 2/17/17, opened a bottle from 2013. Initial thick head that turns to lacey; nice copper hue; nose of sweet malt; Nice smooth warming mouthfeel; Taste of sweet woody orange citrus malt with some bitterness followed with a lingering finish of bittersweet candy malt.

3.3
MarcoDL (4920) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle at tasting. Aroma of bitter hops, citrus, pine, caramelised malt and ripe fruit. Taste has caramelised malt, bitter pine, ripe fruit, booze, citrus and yeast ester. Smelled better.

3.9
mjs (7336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
(Bottle, 0.65 l - BB 12 Oct 2021, at Kitty’s, 20170215) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses ,grass and sweetness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, grass, molasses, pine, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, hoppy and bitter. A good malty brew with hop bite and it hid its high ABV well.

3.9
Hermod (7848) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
65ml bottle @ Kitty’s. Poured mahogany color with a thick white head. Aroma has bready malts, some earthy notes, toffee, fudge notes. Bready malty, toffee, sweetness, caramel. Hides abv nicely. Superb drinkability.

3
Inbreak (5941) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2017
13.02.2017, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big slightly fizzy-creamy longlasting head. Aroma is sweet fruity, leafs, minerals, fruit stones, caramel malts, grass, dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, hops, bark, citrus peel. Taste is sweet boozy, weeds, leafs, alcohol, minerals, harsh hops, fruit stones, sugar, bark, dried fruits, hay, sawdust, cardboard, soil. Longlasting harsh bitterness, boozy mouthfeel. Fair enough.


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