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RATINGS: 1644   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Having noticed that each night I keep picking one of these out of my well-stocked fridge (it is the holiday season), I surmise that I must really like this beer. I like barleywines in general but this is one of the smoothest ones with no off tastes or harsh notes. The alcohol is not overwhelming but the result is smooth and warming. I had one at the Victory brewpub several years ago and thought it was the effect of a Storm King that made me enjoy it so. This was the first bottled version I have had since local distributors dont generally carry it. Time to place an order.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2001
Beautiful copper color. A *little* on the sticky (cloyingly sweet) side, even for a barleywine. A touch more attenuation would be appreciated, but, still a very nice example in the British tradition.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle pours amber brown with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy on malts, caramel, raisin, and cherry. Taste is caramel sweetness initially but finishes with a nice floral hop bitterness and a roasted malt flavor. Body is medium-heavy. Flavors are balanced incredibly well, Well done!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2008 bottle. Dark brown color, nose of figs and sherry. Flavor is a little sweet, a lto malty, but with a hoppier finish than some barleywines. Loved the balance there. Outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Medium bodied beer with a pleasantly sweet malty taste. Slightly fruity, sweet, and warming. Great barley wine. Definitely one of my favorites in this style!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Copper/amber in color with a white, two-finger head. Nice malty sweet aroma with some grape hints and hops. Pretty solid hop lead that rests on caramel, butter, and nuts. Very crisp. A solidly sharp barleywine. Malty with a citrus hop edge. Nice balance of fruity hops and sweet malts. Not super rich and not super sweet but a very enjoyable and drinkable. I look forward to another.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Candied hops and brown sugar toffe malt with a touch of chocolate in the flavor. Beautiful red orange pour with everlasting lace

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2002
Love this beer, dark, smooth and ass kickingly strong. victory wins again!!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kane (111) - USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Sometimes I get my barleywines mixed up from the past because I could swear this had some hop character in the past, but I could be wrong. Caramel malts and alcohol are out front with the alcohol being a bit strong for me. A run of the mill barley-wine that I can not figure why it is a top 50 beer. Very average IMO.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Bottle. Smooth pour with a delightful ruby-amber color, and a very light cream head which is slow to dissipate. Initial hop kick gets delightful upon second taste. None too discernible aroma. Warm alcohol finish, thanks to the ABV. Darn good.


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