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Dick's Barley Wine - Dick's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-25-2003)
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dick’s Barley Wine is one of the newest offerings from this growing brewery from Centralia, Washington. Situated roughly 60 miles south of Seattle, Washington, or about the mid-way point between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, Dick’s has quickly garnered a fairly decent following amongst beer drinkers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps best known for some of its over the top hoppy ales, they venture down the popular Barley Wine road with this newbie offering – available in both 12oz bottles and 750ml bombers – but in doing so, add a new twist on the age old genre.

I’ve been drinking plenty of Barley Wine over the past several months and find Dick’s to be amongst the lightest in the hop arena. Although there is considerable hop factor, particular for those who aren’t “Hop Heads,” it pales considerably in the hop department. Dick’s IPA is known for its hops, and yet their Barley Wine – a style known for high hop counts – really isn’t over the top as one might expect. Having said that, where it misses in the hop factor, it makes up for in overall taste and enjoyment. Dick’s Barley Wine is very drinkable (carefully), but with its 10%abv, is quite unassuming at first. It seems to pack a little extra alcohol punch in comparison to similar 10%abv brews (eg. anything from Hair Of The Dog).

Pours a deep ruby red color, minimal head but a strong high collar and plenty of lacing (lots of lacing in comparison to most Barley Wines). Ever so slightly cloudy with very fine suspended particulate, it is relatively clear for the style.

As for this Barley Wine’s aroma, there’s plenty of malty sweetness packed in this bouquet. Toffee/Caramel sweetness, pungent orange accents, a slight hint of wheat (ala Hefeweizens) and a even a slighty nutty essence like many brown ales.

Taste wise, this one follows the aroma extremely well. The bigger the sip, the more malty the effect, the smaller the sip the more the tingly hoppy characteristics come through. This is still a hoppy brew, but in comparison to some of its counterparts in the marketplace right now, this one is considerably less hoppy than most Barley Wines. Interestingly enough there’s a fair amount of wheat texture and flavor coming through on each sip. The brew claims to use a malted wheat in the rendition, which would equate for that characteristic.

An enjoyable brew any way you slice it. Prost!!

[ STATS:>> 12 oz bottle / ABV: 10.0% / PRICE: $ 2.19 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 17:37:09 | More by 49degrees
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Dick's Barley Wine from Dick's Brewing Company
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