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Broad Shoulders Barleywine - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Broad Shoulders Barleywine
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BA SCORE
85
very good

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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thanmad

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-20-2011 22:05:43 | More by thanmad
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coz

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-16-2011 01:36:32 | More by coz
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-28-2011 02:28:58 | More by bigdaddypolite
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

08-29-2013 04:17:19 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-18-2013 19:44:07 | More by theminutemen
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fergster75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-18-2012 00:03:46 | More by fergster75
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

On tap at the pub...Pours dark copper with lots of amber notes, very clear edges, but murky center. A light tan head, with sparse foam and lacing...The aroma is an typical barleywine, sweet toffee balanced by hops. Not unique but executed correctly...The taste is on the sweeter side, but not sweet so its really drinkable. I almost prefer this to the Icarus. A little hop balance, super drinkable for 8%. Recommend.

01-26-2011 21:35:27 | More by jrallen34
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Froggy52


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

09-06-2012 17:17:38 | More by Froggy52
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Gunslinger711

Indiana

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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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Treebs

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this on tap at the GI Wrigleyville location. Not sure if they brewed a seperate batch specifically for this location but it was listed as an English Barleywine with an ABV of 8.7%. 10 oz. pour served in a snifter.

A: Pours a clear, dark mohagony with rich ruby hues around the edges and where ever light hits. One finger, off-white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Definitely a nice mixture of some toasted malt, resin-like hops and some rich dark fruits.

T: There is a lot more going on in the mouth which is big plus. There is more dark fruits present with figs and dates, but there are sweet fruits present as well. I'm getting a slight grape taste in addition to a nice caramel malt backbone. Finishes with some nice leafy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dried fruits are left on the palate. Medium carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this brew. There were more hops and fruits present and I'm glad after such an average nose the taste was able to really come together. I'd like to figure out why this was listed differently though.

09-21-2011 13:48:00 | More by Treebs
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

10-24-2012 18:44:59 | More by Rhettroactive
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

01-13-2012 01:19:16 | More by jmich24
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

01-12-2013 00:16:46 | More by thinwhiteduke
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

06-13-2014 02:45:52 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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GbVDave

Illinois

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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emerge077

Illinois

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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

I've had this twice, both times out of taster glasses at GI-Clybourn. Probably served too cold.

A - Served with minimal foam that settles to a thin cap and thick-bubbled color, leaving behind a few minuscule spots of lace. Transparent caramel ruby-brown body.

S - Grapes, dark fruits, some clean alcohol, citrus hops. Surprisingly understated nose that doesn't open up all that much as the beer warms up.

T - Bready, some nebulous fruit sweetness, and a decent amount of toffee character as the beer approaches room temperature. Alcohol is better-hidden here. A little bit bland though.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, low but active carbonation, lightly sticky finish. Not much alcohol heat.

D - It's a pretty decent American barleywine, with some nice citrus hop character to go with a bready malt backbone. Goes down quite easily thanks to the fairly attenuated flavor profile. I'd rather just buy some Bigfoot though.

02-04-2011 17:58:02 | More by MasterSki
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-19-2013 20:07:39 | More by Gonzoillini
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-23-2013 19:15:23 | More by jaydoc
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udouche

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-25-2013 15:45:15 | More by udouche
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olafphysics

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-17-2012 01:22:20 | More by olafphysics
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-11-2012 19:41:38 | More by Dontcounttoday
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-28-2013 02:24:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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Broad Shoulders Barleywine from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.