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Review by seaoflament on 09/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2007
Thanks to Joey for giving me this bottle. 2007 vintage.

Nice looking beer. Pours a dark ruby with a good inch and a half of foam with great retention. A few soapy bubbles cling on to the side of the glass.

I wasn’t a big fan of this one when I had it fresh last year, or was it two years ago? Too hoppy for my liking at that point.

The aroma is of citrus flowers, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, light chocolate, orange flavored chocolate, brown sugar, a bit of vanilla, and a touch of grassy hops. This is how I’m liking my barleywines. A nice multi-bread and nutty malt profile. There’s also a fruity alcohol aroma in the background that comes off as cherries in syrup. Some good complexities going on in this one. After a few minutes of just smelling this beer I am starting to pick up a few spicy notes like cayenne pepper.

Earthy and citrus bitterness upfront with a wave of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. It finishes with more bitterness, lemony and citrus rind, and a bit of alcohol. A bit fruity with cherry, raisins, dates, and prunes. I’m also picking up a bit of bubblegum flavor in the finish. Dry, resiny, pine aftertaste.

A little dry in the finish, enough carbonation to pick up the massive malt flavors and keep this from being too sweet (and the hops play their part there too), but it doesn’t leave too much residual sugars on the lips.

A tad alcoholic as it warms up. Good beer for the winter.

Served In: Bottle