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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
dark coper color, aroma of dark fruits, caramel, dark candy sugar, flavors of caramel, toffee, candy sugar, dark fruits, alcohol spice, full bodied, very smooth, nice barley wine


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (482) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2016
light malty aroma. red and clear in color with no head. taste is of darker caramel malts, some residual sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1330) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 Bouteille date du 25/02/2016, bue aprs prs de 9 mois. Robe acajou claire avec un mince cerne de mousse et quelques particules en suspension. Armes de sucre dorge et baies confites principalement, datte, malt caramelis, orange sanguine, sirop de poire, eau drable et soupon de caf. En bouche, sucre dorge sirupeux, baies confites (mres et framboises surtout), caf moyennement cors, datte cuite, raisin bleu, malt caramelis pais. Finale o des saveurs grilles et de cacao prennent les devant. Lgre touche houblonne dagrumes la toute fin. Texture liquoreuse et corps moyen rond. Excellente vin dorge anglais venant du territoire amricain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1133) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Poured from bottle 1/5/15 amber brown with a thin off white head and nice lacing. Aromas of dark fruit candy sugar fig and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel warm booze. Dont know if I can drink alot of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6309) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Blackberry Backlog...Bottle shared with Pat, Pours amber-brown color with one finger head. Notes of fig, wood, sweet fruit, candy sugar, and other malty stuff. This barley wine is filled with heavy booze and dark fruit. Reminds me more of a quadruple than a barely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (1365) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2016 Bottled 02/25/16. Pours murky brown slight chestnut tinge. Beige head. Aroma is lots of plum, fig, dark fruit, cherry, raisins, licorice. Very much a sweet dark fruit, Belgian strong ale sorta beer. Not really a traditional Barleywine in my opinion in the nose. Flavor is plum, raisin, again, red licorice, bit of pine hop bitterness in the finish. Decently soft mouthfeel overall, works well in terms of ABV. Its kinda like a Belgian quad or strong ale without the heavy Belgian spice or ester notes, in terms of fruit. Could have done better under a different style. I wouldnt necessarily call this a proper Barleywine but its a broad enough style that it works. Probably wont pick up again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (463) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2016
Mooi amberkleurig bier met dikke romige crmekleurige schuimkraag die langzaamaan inzakt. Zoet aroma en smaken van marsepein, caramel, aardbei, confituur. Warme zoete afdronk die goed blijft plakken. Prima barley-wine.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mejiajav (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
I really wasnt planning on reviewing this beer until I got to about the middle of the glass hence the half-drank picture. I am not a barleywine person. Ive always found them syrupy, sticky and too sweet for my taste. But I cant say that Ive had many. I dont believe barleywines should come in pours or containers larger than 4-6oz as you really dont need more than that before they become overwhelming. Barleywines have always felt more of a digestif; to have in small quantities after dinner. Or with a nice cigar, the way I am enjoy this now. Blithering Idiot pours a very reddish-brown and notes of dark cherries and plums immediately hit your nose. It has a decent head with some thin, but nice lacing that sticks around for a bit until about mid-glass. On the nose youll get an overwhelming scent of dark fruit, namely black cherries, prunes and plums. There was a faint mediciny scent I couldnt shake after several sniffs. The nose is simply a straight follow up to the palate; all dark cherries. As expected, very sweet and sticky with little to no hop bitterness to speak of. You can certainly feel the warmth of the booze in your mouth and as it makes its way down your system. At 19F outside, this was definitely the right choice of beer to end the evening. This beer is big, you can practically chew it. The lingering aftertaste is very sweet and reminiscent of brandy or cognac with a very faint , dry grain finish. As I am halfway through my 12-oz pour, I truly wished Weyerbacher (and others) would offer barleywines in smaller presentations as this style would be ideal as a nightcap or an after-dinner conversation piece. I do find a certain level of elegance to this drink; imagine sitting in an elgant room filled with mahogony and oak furniture and some guy in a fancy suit talking about how his stock went one iota higher while you sip your barleywine from a fancy snifter and go what a blithering idiot. https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mambossa (310) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Pours a deep, dense, dark-Amber and sunset orange with evenly dispersed slightly fine sediment.
Nose is gently sweet and dense, ripe cherry and date, caramelized apple, baking spice, floral noble hops, really nice balance of sweetness, dried fruit, floral hop, and malt.
Has a full body, a viscous date and candied cherry quality to it, some autumn spice identical to the nose. Molasses and glints of floral hops come through. Fairly dense and sticky cola/molasses linger.
Preferring my barleywines on the bitter, hop-forward side, this still proves to be balanced and hides the alcohol effortlessly. Very complex aroma is an added plus.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4096) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Pour is a muddy river water brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a big dark fruit with some molasses sweetness and brown sugar. Flavor is a lot of sugar followed by some caramel, treacle and dark fruit with some tootsie roll sweetness. Alcohol is present but not overpowering considering this is a 11%. This is a nice, rich malty barely wine with plenty of tasty dark fruit and sugar without being overly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1735) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
caramel, coffee, alcohol, nuts, earthy, grass, citrus, herbs. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Noticable bite, heavy sweetness, lightly salty, ABV evident, slightly boozy. Caramel and toffee dominate. Fullbodied, sticky feel, soft carbonation, sweet and warming finish. Solid, would have liked a more complex hop character to give an even higher mark.


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