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RATINGS: 1397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
At Weyerbacher, we prefer to brew things true to European style guidelines, so our barley wine is definitely on the malty side, without being overly sweet. Notes of date or perhaps fig on the palate follow a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
Clear purple garnet body with a small, tan head. Sweet, alcoholic nose that heavy on the malt. Heavy toffee and caramel elements with some dark, ripe fruitiness underneath. Cherry, raisin, fig, sweet apples, alcohol (licorice and other spice), cereals and faint smoke. Moderate to full body. The strong alcohol makes it not quite as smooth as I would like. Big malty flavors compete with the alcohol for dominance. Dark fruits, malt and toffee give an early sweetness before the spicy, warming alcohol takes hold and finishes with a light hop character. An interesting Barley Wine, however the alcohol is just too much. I like the subdued hop character but would gladly accept more hops if I could trade a little of the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (3189) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2004
A very malty barley wine with a deep amber color. The taste is more like a Tripel to me as there is a very noticeable fruity taste. Not bad, but Old Horizontal is much better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
A good, strong, very malty barleywine. You'll taste the alcohol in this, folks (it definitely lives up to its name). It maintains a solid maltiness, with strong fig, port wine, and even camembert cheese overtones. I drank this out of a brandy snifter, with a cigar, and found it to be very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Pours deep dark amber with almost no head. Smells sweet, smoky, actually strangely smoky with alcohol all over the nose. Body is nice and full. The smoky undertones are present throughout but sweet malt and an even slightly sour fruity note is present. Alcohol becomes a pretty big player in this one. The finish is actuallly pretty clean and crisp. The alcohol is not masked very well and that hurts the drinkability but the flavor is quite good. This doesn't top my list of barleywines (bigfoot, Avery Hog Heaven), but it's pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours a dark copper with a thin fizzy biege head. Candy, brown sugar, hops, and port on the nose. Sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Dried fruits, caramel, alcohol, and hops on the tongue. Not the best barley wine I've had, but it was very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9711) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2004
Rusty-amber beer, heavily carbonated; amber-orange head. American hops, coloured malts, old portwine and fruity esters. Taste is pure caramel and preserved fuits. Lots of alcohol, fusels included. Slick mouthfeel, oily and alcoholburn. Very good BW, just short of exciting. Impressive beer all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Orandy copper color with a moderate head. Rich malty aroma with tons of fruit, orange and cherry. Flavor is malty with strong fruity tones. A noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Cherry tones with hints of orange. A very good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Not a bad beer but I paid an unheard of $14.00 for a Six pak in Mt.Laurel, NJ. Now if I buy this again I'd be a Blithering Idiot!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
12oz bottle no Freshness date. Clear copper colored with a thick head that reduces to a thin film. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh barley, some fruit and noticable alcohol. Nice smooth full body. Flavor is malty and sweet with lots of fruit. Unfortunately alcohol adds an unpleasant tatse. Warm finish and overall a good Barley Wine. I just wish the alcohol were masked better. This is its only fault in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle pours a burnt caramel color with a nice thin off-white head. Aroma is of sweet toffee and malts. Flavor of fruits ripened in alcohol. Some caramel, fig, and dough traits. Mouthfeel is velvety, finish is well rounded, grapefruity with some fig/plum notes. Quite the enjoyable barleywine. Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!

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