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Barleywine - Sprecher Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.71% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 12-13-2005

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to whoever brought this one.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cardboard, jellied fruit, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and candied or jellied fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild metallic aftertaste that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but seems fairly oxidized all around.

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I saw this lonely bottle sitting in the middle of the table, capped, at Stone Soup '13, and after a couple hours, I figured I'd open it. I'm not really sure what the deal with this one was, but the bottle had a sort of metallic badge branded onto it instead of the usual label. Not sure if it was an older vintage or a "special" batch or what.

Poured a cloudy, ruddy brown color with a slight off-white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar, ripe fruit, somewhat earthy. More of the same in the taste, dark sugars, raisins and ripe stone fruits, a bit sweet, with some boozy notes, and maybe a dusting of cocoa powder. Pretty mild flavor overall, which is pretty typical for the style, compared to the more hefty--and to me, preferred--American style. Body was medium and carbonation was low. Pretty good overall, but not something I'd reach for again.

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2006 Vintage.

Poured without much head, though there is some foam and bubble action, even as it sits a ring maintains with fine bubbles, tan, sticking to the glass.

The nose shows age, oxidation. But some nice tart and ripe fruit smells, molasses and brown sugar. Dried cherries, prune.

Flavor is similar: some wet cardboard. Plums. Super smooth with only the softest, lightly creamy effect of carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Distant and faint sensation of bitterness. Notes of a sweet tawny port. Bittersweet caramel. Grapes and raisins.

A fun beer to find in a random liquor store. I don't think I'll go grab another. But let me know if you're interested: several more 2006 bottles remain in the cooler.

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Brewed 2007. 9.71% ABV confirmed. Acquired at Whole Foods in Glendale, California. 16 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over standard pressure cap served into a scotch ale glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm in the mood for a good barleywine. Per the label, this is ideally aged (it recommends 1-5 years of aging, and here we are at five years).

The label's more than a bit over-elaborate.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with reduced fat triscuits and morbier (as laughably pretentious as that sounds).

Jaysus, the wax was a real bitch to get through. Difficult to open.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of nice cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a strange dark orange. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Reminiscient of a good quad or dubbel in some respects: hints of dark fruit are prominent. Sherry and port come to mind per the label. Certainly dessert-esque. Dark fig and plum are highlights. Some caramelized malts. Some raisin. Quite sugary. Very appealing. A mild strength, fairly subtle aroma.

T: Fig, certainly. Plum - certainly not, to its detriment. The sugars are nice, with clean malts coming through for a full yet light body. Bright fruit manifests as well, with mango peel - yes, mango peel - coming through. It's slightly tropical. The yeast is very buried but still present, lending some vague spice that doesn't amount to much. Hopping is restrained but present, and does more than merely add background; I get the sense the hop bitterness has mellowed over the years leaving a light tropical fruit and floral character. Quite a nice effect. Well layered and complex, with notable subtlety. Still, it's a bit underwhelming for a five year aged beer. The sweet sugary quality occupying the climax lends it a very port-esque feel. Luckily, it's not too sweet. I don't know that sherry comes through, but it's possible; it's difficult to interpret what some of these notes are. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Tingly from the sugar. Smooth and wet otherwise. It's thick but light, much like a port. Suits the flavours and feel nicely.

Dr: A nice all-around barleywine. I wouldn't endeavor to get it again, but I'm glad I tried it. Maybe the best beer I've had from Wisconsin. (I'll leave that to you to interpret). I enjoyed it. Very drinkable for the ABV. The five years of aging does seem a bit over-elaborate - just like the label - but I guess what you see is sometimes what you get. Fans of the style would do well to try it.

High B-

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is classic barleywine, with a lot of caramel and toffee malt, as well as a hint of maple. The flavor is similar, with a lot sweetness from the caramel and toffee malt, as well as a good bit of alcohol and some maple. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I really liked this one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper/orange color. Thin head, lightly hazy appearance. Sweet, intense malty aroma. Lots of caramel in the nose, with touches of cherry. Suprisingly not alot of balance from the hops, and not much alcohol as this one is on the low ABV end for Barleywine.

The taste is quite sweet, but also has a keen cherry-like tartness going on that makes it very interesting. There is alot of residual sugar and without much bitter balance from the hops, you'd think it was a bit cloying. Thankfully that unique tart cherry character gives it another dimension. The mouthfeel was decent overall, a bit syrupy but not overly so. Medium carbonation.

All in all I was impressed, and I had low expectations looking at the other reviews. Not something I would drink all the time, but this was a Barleywine like none I've ever tasted.

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Barleywine from Sprecher Brewing Company
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