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Broad Shoulders Barleywine - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Broad Shoulders Barleywine
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 17.85%
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:
"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."

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 01-26-2011)
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Reviews by Melicita:
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

12-31-2012 20:55:24 | More by Melicita
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

(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.

11-28-2012 15:16:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-19-2013 20:07:39 | More by Gonzoillini
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-20-2011 22:05:43 | More by thanmad
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

02-23-2011 01:37:20 | More by Gunslinger711
Photo of emerge077


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-23-2011 19:43:26 | More by emerge077
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-18-2013 19:44:07 | More by theminutemen
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-23-2013 19:15:23 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-15-2014 22:07:58 | More by jegross2
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4/5  rDev +5%

10-24-2012 18:44:59 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

02-16-2011 00:34:37 | More by GbVDave
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-06-2012 17:17:38 | More by Froggy52
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4/5  rDev +5%

01-13-2012 01:19:16 | More by jmich24
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

08-27-2011 14:25:37 | More by AgentZero
Photo of TMoney2591


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

10-15-2012 18:59:45 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-25-2013 15:45:15 | More by udouche
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-25-2012 23:05:46 | More by FullObs
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-16-2011 01:36:32 | More by coz
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-17-2012 01:22:20 | More by olafphysics
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-28-2011 02:28:58 | More by bigdaddypolite
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

(from notes)
On tap at Goose Island Clybourne 1/17/12. 10 oz. snifter.

Look- A beautiful clear burgundy/roasted chestnut with bright ruby highlights that got me excited. Started with a finger of ivory head that settled fairly quickly. No visible carbonation. This beer really looks like a nice brandy, particularly in a snifter. Dark for a barleywine, but it looks gooood.

Smell- Hints of dates, candied nuts, and licorice. Very subtle despite the snifter, which was unexpected. Swirling and warming didn't have much discernable affect.

Taste- Lightly sweet, strong dark fruit and toffee show themselves early. Burnt grain, anise, and rose hips emerge after a second, and the aftertaste is walnut-like. Not as bold as I prefer, but quite interesting. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, mild-to-medium carbonation. Mildly astringent on the back. Overly cloying for the rather mild palate. Finishes on the drier side, and quite tannic.

Overall- Didn't quite hit the right notes for me, too restrained (though this is appropriate for the English style claimed on the menu.) Mouthfeel was off-putting and didn't mesh well with the otherwise quite nice subdued feeling of the beverage. What I really have to knock points off for is the price, however. I realize that it is a brewpub specialty offering and is priced accordingly, but the truth is I could (and did, at the Binny's across the street) pick up a barleywine bomber I would enjoy much more for half of what I paid for 10 oz. of this brew. Perhaps Middle Ages' Druid Fluid has ruined me, but I'll pass on this one if there is a next time.

01-20-2012 08:15:21 | More by Lawl3ss
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Broad Shoulders Barleywine from Goose Island Beer Co.
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