Monster29 - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by davey101:
4.59/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz blue waxed bottle into a Founders 15th Anniversary glass. Bottle #275 of 888, Batch #3406. I can't thank steimie enough for this beer!
A - Pours a near black body. Holding it up to the light shows some ruby edging but this is one dark ass barleywine. No real head to speak of, just some thick khaki edging with large bubbles. A swirl coats the glass in a long lasting alcohol lace with bits of foam. This falls down the sides ever so slowly. For a normal barleywine this looks great, but for one that is somewhere around 17%....well, color me impressed.
S - Starts off with sweet raisins and burnt caramel, then comes a huge wave of savory something. Its not quite at the level of soy sauce, but its certainly savory. Leather, bitter dark chocolate, and candied peaches. Booze, booze, and more booze. The smell is overwhelming, confusing, and exciting.
T - Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, leather and maple syrup. Very syrupy and rich with just a touch of savory on the end. This is like drinking bourbon soaked raisinets. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, kind of like what you'd find in a well put together barrel aged beer. 17%? This is just lost upon me. Very sweet, but never "too much" or "cloying". Just the perfect level of decadent richness. The taste is just....perfection really.
M - Thick and syrupy with a bit of spritz. It is on low end of carbonation. Despite this, I find myself drinking this far too quickly.
O - This is what I wish Raison D'extra was like. Its syrupy, sweet, and rich beyond belief....but its just so damn tasty. I really enjoy high abv, highly attenuated, overly sweet booze bomb. This beer nails every bit of that to a T. The barleywine equivalent of Black Tuesday.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 04:18:30 | More by davey101
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