- ABV: 10.3%, Style: Barleywine
- Brewed in Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Best before November 2014
- Served: 330ml bottle poured into a small wine glass
I don’t know much about barleywine. My opinion runs as follows: I don’t think I’m a fan and I think it’s too sweet. However, US versions of styles are always a bit different so I was willing to give an American barleywine a try.
I stood at Micro Bar staring at Brooklyn Monster Ale, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Flying Dog Horn Dog. I knew I was going to get one of them but I couldn’t decide. The lady behind the counter informed me that they were running out of Monster and it wouldn’t be brewed for another year so that made up my mind.
Now that I’m home and I’ve checked them all on Beer Advocate, the consensus would appear to be that I should have gone with the Bigfoot. Oh well, I know what to get next time!
Look: Golden, viscous beer with an orange glow. The head wasn’t too pronounced but it was made up of tight, yellow bubbles. There’s no lacing. The beer has slight legs but it’s not too dramatic.
Aroma: Alcohol forward, as you’d expect for a beer with ABV over 10%. Raisins, brown sugar and toffee. Spice.
Taste: Big malt which is fruity and sweet, hint of peanut. Hops add a decent bitterness to the finish which serves to emphasise the spiciness and balance out the alcohol sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Not much carbonation and not too drying.
Overall: I quite enjoyed this, I shared a 330ml bottle so I didn’t get too much of it down me, I think if I’d drunk the whole bottle I might have got a bit bored by the end.
The half that I had was rather fruity and enjoyable. Like a Belgian quad, but with virtually none of the vanilla sweetness and a lot less dry. I’ll look forward to trying the Bigfoot next. 3.5/5
- 5th September 2012, Sustainable Alcoholic