Bernese Barleywine Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Bernese Barleywine AleBernese Barleywine Ale

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Shankopotamus on 06-15-2013)
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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and somewhat cloudy with lots of sediment. A bit of head with nice lacing. Sweetness and pine on the nose. Piney hops dominate the taste with caramel, golden raisin and malt tones balancing the hops to a perfect degree. All in all a surprisingly hoppy and very tasty barley wine.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, this nice barleywine pours a hazy copper brown with a light off white head and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, and some dark fruits. Flavors are sweet forward caramel and honey with some dark cherry and raisin flavors. The hops are both citrus and bitter to counter balance the sweetness of this one with a healthy dose of alcohol and moderate heat. A solid offering of a barleywine if you like yours with a good hops dose.

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4.33/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

My first barley wine so hard to compare to others but this was darn tasty!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mix of maroon and brown. Nose is very faint, but as it warms some caramel and sweet dates start to blossom. Heavy malt flavors of date, fig, cherry, and prune comingle leading to a nice lightly bitter finish with a touch of heat. Swishes nicely on the tongue with no syrupiness (I guess it's a word). Nice BW. Would revisit again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +1%

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a very dark and deep mahogany color with off-white soapy head that left some splashy lace. 4

S- Huge black cherry and bready notes, raisins, citrus, and caramel notes. Very rich aroma with lots of sweetness. 4.5

T- Lots of sweet dark cherry and candied citrus notes. raisins, cinnamon, molasses, and quite a bit of alcohol. 4

M- Full bodied, quite syrupy, big alcohol warming, but not really any alcohol burn. This one is definitely a sipper. 3.5

O- I am not the biggest Barleywine fan, but this is solid. It has a lot of sweetness and is very malt forward and usually Barleywines are often a little too sweet or boozy for my liking. This one has quite a bit of hop character and bitterness though to balance the intensity of the sweetness, but still retaining a very rich and complex malt profile. 4

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, caramel malt, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable bite from the alcohol. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, great aroma, great feel, good body, and decent blend.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I will preface that barleywines are really not a go to style for me, and it's been over a year since my last one. Having no real baseline for this review, and style naivete notwithstanding, I'd go back to this beer again, especially when I can get a full pint for 8 and change.

A: Burnt leather brown with ruby red highlights. 1 finger+ of mousse like head that stayed for a awhile. Consistent lacing for a third of the glass and then a two waterfalls.

S: It was poured cold and initially lots of spicy oak, wood and smoke. It took awhile for the floral and fruity hop character to unfold, but it transitioned nicely to plum, figs, and spicy citrus.

M: Just at full body with a velvety feel. Low-medium carbonation and nice warmth on finish.

T: Hot cinnamon spiced orange, anise, toffee, slight smoky character. Dark but tar cherries. Figs and candied plums. A little pithiness and pine on the aftertaste which is mellowed nicely by the alcohol. Hop bitterness did not seem intense, but definitely present, more on the maltier side of the matter but I have no clue when this was kegged.

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Bernese Barleywine Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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