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Militiagan - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: claaark13 on 12-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Potable oat wine.
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On tap in the VIP room at the brewery.

Aroma: very appealing and nicely complex. Some dark fruits and toffee.

Taste: rich and complex; slightly sweet; hint of oak barrel aging. Lightly and appealingly boozy (otherwise high ABV is fairly well hidden).

M - Fairly full body; medium-low, soft carbonation.

O - Superb:rich and complex yet easy to drink.

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This was one that I tried at 4 Elf '12 and remembered to be good when buying my bottles. 75cl poured into a HF tulip at cellar temp. Well, after of course the cork broke and I had to dig it out. Corks are too soft, beware.

A - Translucent red/orange/mahogany. White head becomes nice, full lacing. Doesn't stick well to the glass, but otherwise beautiful.

S - Fresh dark fruits, plums, grapes, small amount of cherry, toffee.

T - Soft caramel, grains, candied plums, woody heat. The grainy/woody heat remains in the finish.

M - Medium body, a little lighter than I'd expect.

O - The flavor is a little underwhelming in the first sip, but it grows a bit. I actually like it and find it easy to drink. I don't know the ABV%, but I'm guessing somewhere around 10%.

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Thanks Thomas for sharing! Quick review from notes.

Cloudy brownish amber color with a thin layer of surface skim, and a thin spotty collar around the edges.

Lots of sweet toffee and butterscotch in the aroma. A little whiff of booze as well, but not distracting.

Flavor is a different story, the alcohol is pretty overt, slightly fusel and sharp like whiskey. Some fruity esters of dark fruit, plum, as well as a big caramel, toffee, butterscotch presence from the big malt content and whiskey barrel. The booze eclipses any complexity, but the taste is pretty good. Would be hard to tackle a bottle alone, definitely best shared and worth a try in small doses.

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A: Pours a murky amber with a small off white head.

S: Very fruity nose. Notes of orange and raspberry jam, tannic caramel and light oak, old hop spice.

T. Caramel, cherry, light hop bitterness and a bit of orange peel, tannic vanilla, mild butterscotch.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Pretty unique for an American barleywine. It's a bit fruitier than most, with less bitterness, and the barrel-aging certainly complements the base beer. Very enjoyable.

Note: I don't know why this is listed as 8% ABV, but it's definitely stronger than that.

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Had this one for a while now, so seemed appropriate to pop it to watch the last few episodes of dark horse nation. Enjoyed from a beer hunter snifter.

Bottle 257 / 666 appears to be a collab with local option based on the label, or maybe they just liked the local option logo and added it?

a - first off this was the toughest cork I have ever dealt with...or top 3...ended up destroying it and Haiphong to use a cork screw. Brew pours a deep ruby amber with a thin bubbly head that built after the pour and the headed for zee hills. Spotty lace.

s - nose is a boozy biscuity caramel.

t/m/o - as the nose suggested, caramel malts and alcohol. Medium bodied a bit chewy dry boozy finish. Sweet. Not sure what a potable oat wine is, but this is a beast. Nice caramel flavor but it is dominated by a booziness that makes taking a full bottle down a bit of a chore, but I have had worse chores, so no complaints here. Slight faded bitterness on the finish.

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Militiagan from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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