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Bernese Barleywine Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Bernese Barleywine AleBernese Barleywine Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shankopotamus on 06-15-2013)
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Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt orange with a clingy full one finger slight off white head that seeltes very slowly into a frothy mass,great deep color to the beer.Malty in the nose but not overly sweet,somewhat "cakey" and bready,not much hop presence.Whoo this packs a punch with alot of fusel alcohol flavors,after the alcohol settles some caramel cake notes come into play with a shot leafy hops in the finish not a big citric/resin finish though.This is a sipping barlewine,actually it's been awhile since I have had a barleywine so maybe Iam not used to the booze of the style,still I like it and like most of the Thirsty Dog portfolio.

More User Reviews:
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Murky amber color with hints of ruby. Thick white head with lacing as it goes down.

S- Bouquet of citrus fruits, pine, and carmel covered raisins. Simply magnificent. Exactly what an American Barleywine should smell like.

T- Mirrors what the nose originally picked up. Citrusy with a solid malt dried fruit and carmel backbone. Super fresh hops, would love to see what it's like when they lay down a bit. Almost no alcohol character which is quite amazing being at 10.5% abv.

M- Rich velvety mouth feel without being overly thick. Semi-dry finish.

O- An almost flawless example of the style other than appearance. Fresh hops and carmel, everything an American Barleywine should be. Don't pass this one up!!!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice to see some Ohio homebrewer's recipe make it into production on this scale...pours a ruby slightly muddy unfiltered hue with a big soft cream head, dwindles slow fine even speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics has bright hops...citric/piney elements thus far, a bit of booze tickling my nose hairs...luscious malt backbone comes through has caramelized bready malts as perceived sweetness. Flavor hits hard with the alcohol, ethanol train all aboard...big medicinal notes with the loads of malts, a hint of dark ripened fruits raisins plums and a little off band aid element just barely peaks through here. Hops coming home at 75 IBUS, the pine and big dank citric notes slap you around a bit before getting overshadowed with the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is harsh, hopefully this beer mellows with age, I was excited to see another Thirsty Dog brew that was new to me after the last few releases I've been really impressed by Mayan Dog/Citra Dog/Chocolate beer...hard to pass each sip across the palate. Medium to full bodied carbonation doesn't hide anything here or soften the blow of each sip, an assault on the palate that I guarantee will mellow with a bit of age...these bottles are about to get lost in the cellar. Decent priced four pack on the upside, I'm gonna let this warm up some more and update this review if there are any changes.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of HerdNo1
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't review it it detail. I would simply note that too many American Barleywines end up being nothing but hop bombs. This is a beer that's backed by a huge malt backbone. The smell is nearly what you'd get from a Dopplebock. Indeed, I'm reminded of Sam Adams Double Bock on the nose Still, there are enough hops to balance it and the alcohol is warming rather than harsh. I tend to agree that this beer will get better with some aging. I bought a 4 pack. The first was good enough that I drank another. I'm going to age the other two for a couple of years to see what happens.

Overall, this is a really tasty brew.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - bread, toffee, caramel, some dark fruit

T - bread, toffee, caramel, alcohol, large pinyness, bitter finish, earthy, dark fruit

M - full bodied, some alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice barlweywine. The malts are superb. The deep toffee, caramel, bready notes are great. Hints of dark fruit round out the finish. If I had a complaint I would say that it's a bit too bitter. With some age I'm sure this would really smooth out. The hops though a bit bitter for balance, they aren't unappreciated. The alcohol is also well masked. I will definitely have this beer again.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Brutaltruth
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BobSacamano12
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of sourhead17
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of elkinbrown
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nollie77
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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

I picked up a bottle of Thirty Dog's Bernese Barleywine Ale last week for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. I've never seen this beer before, but since I like Barleywines I thought I would give it chance, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty nice and goes nicely with the name with a mountain and Bernese Mountain dog on it, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a muddy orange/dark amber color that took on more of a murky dark red color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, the color was nice and the head and lacing were really nice especially for a Barleywine.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of high sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a light earthy, floral, and spicy hop aromas with citrus rind hop aromas seeming to stick out the most, but not by much. Up next comes the malts which impart a nice sweet malt, caramel, light toffee and toasted malt like aromas with some dark fruit aromas showing up towards the end. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was pretty hoppy but the malt profile was nice and it added a little bit of balance to the aroma.

T- The taste starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness followed by the hops still being the first to show up and they impart that same hop profile that I got in the aroma, but the this time the citrus rind hop aromas seem to stick a little more than the other aspects showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart that same malt aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time the toasted malts seem to stick out the most and there's even a light roasted aspect. On the finish comes a light amount of alcohol followed by some dark fruit flavors and a medium amount of bitterness with a sweet malt, caramel, toasted and citrus rind like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting Barleywine and it seems to be a little more balanced then the aroma was and I like that.

M- Fairly smooth, not too boozy, a little rich, slightly sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of an American Barleywine, both the hops and the malts stuck out nicely making for a decent amount of balance and neither one was to overpowering, but the hops were getting close. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too boozy, a little rich, slightly sticky, a little filling and taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one is the perfect amount for me, but if I was really in the mood for a Barleywine I could see myself drinking two of these and I think this would make for a nice beer for when it starts to cool off in the fall. What I liked the most about the beer was the balance, it was nice and it wasn't completely dominated by hops like some American Barleywines, I could tell this wasn't a DIPA. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I would change to make this beer better, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, I would like to put some in the cellar to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Barleywines especially if they like them on the hoppy side. All in All I was pretty happy with this beer and it's pretty much just what I look for in a good American Barleywine. It's not my favorite Barleywine, but it's up there as one of my favorite Thirsty Dog beers. Good job guys, this was a very solid Barleywine, keep up the good work.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Giggy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not expecting much head just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. The color is a bright amber copper color.
S - Rather sweet, hoppy, but no noticeable ABV this is one of the good ones.
T - Well its smooth I give it that. Sweet toffee malts, some brown sugar and citrus hops galore make for a balanced brew,
M - Quite easy to finish high octane but easy to drink. Medium bodied and slick.

Overall for the price its not really that reasonable ($4.50 for the single or 15 for the four pack) but for a smooth barley wine if that's your favorite style its worth the purchase.

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky glowing copper; solid off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas sweet caramel malts and a decent amount of citrus. It has hints of orange zest. There's also some grapefruit in the mix. Lots of dough. Some hints of toffee in the nose as well. The flavors are very fruity. Lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. Subtle hints of coconut. Lots of malts. Lots of caramel and toffee. Lots of pine resin. There's a very solid bitterness to this one. Some soap. Some bread. It's not hot or boozy with only some very subtle alcohol flavors. Nothing to be concerned about. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied and very creamy; active carbonation making it very smooth. This makes a nice sipper, although it's relatively easy drinking for a big beer.

This is a very nice barleywine. Well crafted and it's a good example of the American interpretations of the style. I can see this beer aging very well. Recommended.

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Bernese Barleywine Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.