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RATINGS: 1398   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murrow (100) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottled. Pours a pale to medium amber with a quickly dissipating cream head. Faint aroma of peach and berries. Flavor opens with bittersweet mingling of pine and berry flavors. Wallop of alcohol in the finish is ameliorated by sweet and mellow caramel and nut flavors. Smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel, very little carbonation, medium bodied. Really packs a punch of alcohol, but very clean, complex, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (879) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Crystal clear copper color, fine bubbles creating a lasting, tall head. Very heavy body, well covered by lots of flavor, extreme heat but low carbonation, lingering palate with a candy finish. Intensely bittersweet, very well balanced not only by bitterness but for a sharp acidity snd alcohol. Hops and malt fight for predominance but neither wins, we do. Caramel, blood orange pith, herbal. Fulfills all expectations for an American barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (469) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Hazy dark brown pour with just a tan ring on top. Aroma tells me Ill enjoy - cooked sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. Flavor follow similarly but more intense all around, very sweet from start to aftertaste and boozy with some woodiness in the finish. A little less alcohol burn and more dark fruit flavors would have ramped this up considerably. Still a very solid offering for the style. Ill have it again for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1677) - - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle, thanks Christina! Dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel and a bit of booze. Pours dark caramel colored with a nearly nonexistent off white head that has poor retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors of dates, figs and raisins with a full body and luscious mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with some caramel malt and a hint of booze. Really nice barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (678) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1482) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1378) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6778) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (1612) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (581) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mejiajav (8) - 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

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