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Broad Shoulders Barleywine - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Broad Shoulders Barleywine
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 40
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrallen34 on 01-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Dark caramel color with a rich velvery mouthfeel and subtle malt sweetness that balances with the huge amount of hops used to brew this beer."
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense deep red toffee brown body with a light tan head of thick cream that last a bit.

S- The vinous grainy aroma has some dry fruit hints when it warms a bit.

T- The toffee flavor has a nougat taste to it with some nice toasted malt notes coming through when it warms. There is a nice green hop hint in the finish. The finish is almost sweet but I think it is a dry finish with the malt character giving it more of a sweet perception.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat until the last few sips.

O- This is a very easy to drink barleywine that is a bit on the dry side with a good but subtle hop support in the finish adds some nice depth.

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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at GI Clybourn, served in a sample glass.

Tasting notes from 2-15-11

A - Broad Shoulder pours a cloudy caramel color. No head to speak of and just a little lacing.

S - Excellent scents from this beer: fruity, juicy, and a little grape just like my idea of barleywine should.

M - Surprisingly heavy mouthfeel for an American Barleywine but not too bitey.

T - Complex, starts with a fruity/grape taste and ends with little hoppy bite.

Another GI pub beer I would drink again.

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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Goose Clybourn.

Deep reddish copper pour, creamy foam rises to the rim of the glass and settles to a sticky skim. Head retention is excellent, with a crown of lace that encircles the glass. Very attractive color.

Sweet toffee dominates the nose, some woody malt, and yeast esters that manifest as bananas doused in caramel syrup.

Rich malty sweetness, big toffee and dried fruit, almond paste, marzipan. Syrupy sweet and full bodied, dry finish with the barest hint of bitterness. Sweetness isn't overly cloying, but it's certainly one & done for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at GI-Cly 2/10/11.

A: Served a rusty caramel color with a thin and creamy, light-tan head that disappeared pretty quickly. Not much lace left behind.

S: This walked a fine line between sweet caramel and blistering hops. I also picked up a bit of green apple and toffee.

T: Sweet malt in the forefront with piney and citrus hops for balance. I kept searching for some overbearing alcohol flavor but could barely dig up a trace.

M: Relatively smooth with malty sweetness and oily hops to keep everything in check.

D: A nice effort. A tad overpriced, though.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Caramel colored beer with an off-white head that faded to a tight ring.

S - There actually isn't a ton of aroma on this one. A little bit of toffee, caramel, and butter, but it's almost a struggle to pull anything out on the nose. On the plus side, nothing smells bad.

T - Given the nose, there is a surpring amount of citrus hops in there. It's sweet, with mostly caramel malts and a little bit of butter. The taste is kind of bland, but straight-forward and not bad. Just not a ton going on here.

M - Not quite full bodied, a bit syrupy, with softer carbonation.

O - This is a solid beer, but I found it to be kind of boring, although it does drink well at 8%. Nothing I'd really care to consume on a regular basis.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

Not only was I unaware we were calling them "broads" again, but I was also unfamiliar with people focusing on their shoulders... *rimshot* Ahem, anyway, this stuff pours a clear tawny topped by a finger of glowing light tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, black grape, light honey, ruby red grapefruit rind, fig, and light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some toffee, clove, and a touch of vanilla in the background. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice barleywine, though it came across as more English-style than American-, though I'm inclined to believe it's more of a transatlantic version than either of the others strictly-speaking. Good times nevertheless.

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Broad Shoulders Barleywine from Goose Island Beer Co.
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