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Hellbender Barleywine - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.46%


Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 03-12-2006)
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cosmicevan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-22-2012 01:10:27 | More by cosmicevan
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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fills an Offero glass with a crystal clear, reddish copper (SRM 17-19). A thin, creamy ochre head immediately dissipates while thin legs rise beneath a ring of fine lacing.

Strong caramel counters faint alcohol amidst toasted malt and light candy sugar.

Hellbender is more bitter than expected from an English Barleywine. Black tea is sweet against a background of faint, toasted malt. Caramelized sugar, white bread and raisins fill out the middle before a long mild finish.

This one has a full body and velvety texture with prickly carbonation. Light alcohol warmth is less than expected in this very dry beer.

Good for sipping on a cold winter day, this one warms well while reading. This was my first taste from Pisgah after years of curiosity. I look forward to exploring more beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:09:04 | More by SLeffler27
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ChuckS

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-10-2014 10:47:41 | More by ChuckS
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rickcrip76

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-18-2014 20:12:42 | More by rickcrip76
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

02-16-2014 15:58:39 | More by JohnnyMc
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-10-2014 14:19:02 | More by Axnjxn
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-31-2014 14:02:19 | More by seavercm
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-24-2014 15:27:13 | More by Drknight
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thehooksman

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Beautifully red and clear, no head to speak of though.

Aroma: For me, this was the best part. Lots of aromas of dark fruit and molasses.

Flavor: Begins with lots of sweet malt up front (very sweet), but a surprising bitter hop presence quickly follows that is not at all detected in the nose. Upon reading this seems to be expected of an English Barleywine. Also contributing to the finishing bitterness is the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Full body, but not too thick. Smooth. Some alcohol heat.

I've had barleywines in the past and decided they weren't really my thing. I chose this one to give the style another go and it's definitely a winner. Good for sipping and savoring.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:28:58 | More by thehooksman
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-28-2013 23:16:26 | More by kylehay2004
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

12-20-2013 01:57:55 | More by IrishColonial
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

I've had this before, but not yet reviewed. This is kind of the prototypical english barleywine - not too flashy - its moderately hoppy with notes of sticky pine resin. Supported by a big caramel malt profile, hellbender remains in balance and hits the style pretty square. It's just not overly exciting in the world of extreme and barrel aged barleywines - this seems like a dying style to me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 20:16:32 | More by dirtylou
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep reddish brown. Decent clarity. A finger of a stubborn tannish head.

Smell: super resiny hops. Herbal and earthy notes. Malty sweetness is there but hidden under the hops strength

Taste: again a huge hop resin is there and powerful. And the sweet caramels and some toasty flavors break through a little more.

Mouthfeel: lots of lingering bitterness and a nice heavy brew

Overall: a huge hop bomb now. Great malt character that just wants to be age out to the front.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 16:57:28 | More by SportsandJorts
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-29-2013 21:27:46 | More by mc4z
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Wamba

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-25-2013 00:24:12 | More by Wamba
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kris_n

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-24-2013 16:30:28 | More by kris_n
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2013 23:40:13 | More by KevinGordon
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-07-2013 11:38:32 | More by bcostner1
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2013 05:20:04 | More by YobroitsJoe
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger creamy, dense, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and great lacing. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Loaded with lots of rich malty aromas including caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar. There may be some hints of dark fruits like figs along with a touch of citrus hops.

T – Once again, loaded with malts. It starts off sweet with caramel, toffee, and molasses and eventually picks up a spicy, vinous dark fruit character. Toward the finish, some bitter citrus hops come in and continue to build until the very finish. Very tasty.

F – Full-bodied, decent carbonation, a very chewy and creamy mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter, spicy, and dry finish. There’s some throat-warmth from the alcohol but not as much as I was expecting. This mouthfeel is fantastic.

O – This is a good English barleywine. It is loaded with sweet and rich malts and has enough hop character to add complexity. The mouthfeel is out of this world. If there was ever a beer that could be described as “chewy,” this is it. It is a thick, thick beer. This is definitely worth seeking out if you’re a fan of big beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:40:09 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-22-2013 22:15:06 | More by WOLFGANG
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shiggins22

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-17-2013 21:54:16 | More by shiggins22
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-13-2013 01:05:09 | More by NastyNate11
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-06-2013 20:27:59 | More by pathman
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-15-2013 20:58:11 | More by JamLand
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Hellbender Barleywine from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.