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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barley wine.

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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyCraft (6496) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle, coompliments of Joe with some friends. Pours a light orange red shade with white small head and barely any lacing. Notes of pine, syrupy honey, cherry, sugar, citrus hops, vanilla, and burnt toast. Light bodied for a barleywine. Nothing too memorable from this beer. Just ok.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6239) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Poured a caramel color with a thin white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, lemons, raisins, and caramel malt. Taste of caramel malt, very sweet, some raisins, and lots of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6144) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at the First St. Alehouse. It pours a dark reddish orange color with an off white head. The aroma is sweet with mixed berries, caramel and a little brown sugar. The flavor is the same with lots of fruity berries, a little mango, papaya, brown sugar and caramel. Sweet and fruity. Pretty thick on the palate as well. Kinda simple, but not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6106) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 750mL bottle, not sure the date, but it is a one-off produced for the annual employee meeting some year ago. Generously opened by Eyedrinkale on 8/27/2005. Pours a dark copper-orange with some rich beige-caramel and light auburn tinges. Head is small but sustained, being light beige in color. Thick beer, with enough there to provide some light lacing, and a lightly hazy color. Aroma of pine and resin, thick juicy hops, very bitter but with a strong bracing of rich caramel and toffee. Flavor is very straightforward. Caramel, thick and rich, but quite dry, overall. I found it to be lightly astringent on the end, with a huge hops bitterness and alcohol fuel dryness. Even a bit of breadiness in there from the malts. Strong, assertive and just too forceful for my liking. These are the kind of beers I hate, though I can respect that at least the beer is brewed with a ton of body/malt. Thick and coating with a good mouthfeel, sticky and sweet at times, low carbonation. Too much acid/alcohol grows on the palate as the glass gets lower and it just burns without much redeeming interest gained from the simple, very one-dimensional caramel flavors. Surely not my cup of tea.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (6083) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Aroma is malts, a hint of sweetness and a mint/clean element. The flavor is medium sweet (caramel) malts, fruit, a syrup note and a decently warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6024) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle 0.665l (2012 Vintage) at Kittys, Helsinki. Colour is ruby copper with very small white head. Aromas and flavours: Pine, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, dryness, hops and malts. Aroma much better than flavour. Needs maltiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6023) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Bowery, 3/15/13

Aroma: The nose has a nice hop presence, some floral/earth, pine, wood, and caramel/toffee notes as well
Appearance: This one pours a mostly clear golden color with a smallish head and light lace
Flavor: The is fairly heavy malt flavored as well as fairly bitter with a bit of boozy flavor to it also
Palate: This one has a fairly full body, creamy and thick, medium heat, and a somewhat dry finish
Overall Impression: Solid stuff overall. Fairly big across the board with lots of malt flavors, hop flavors, and some booze. Pretty good stuff. Leans almost toward the DIPA direction.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5952) - Fredonia, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light brown orange colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was musty. The mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering mild vinous hop aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of mildly vinous dough hops and malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5948) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
650ml bottle pours a lighter amber color with a finger of white head that leaves only a few spots of lacing behind. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel with some toasted grain notes and hops. Taste is a citrus hop bitterness with a dark fruity and grainy caramel malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied with generous carbonation for the style. A pretty well done barley wine, being aged for 2 years now probably helps smooth the rough edges I find on a lot of fresher barley wines. Good stuff!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5946) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Light copper color. Lightly hopped and malt is a little light. O e of the thinest, lightest barleywines i have had. Light palate.


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