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Militiagan - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Potable oat wine.

(Beer added by: claaark13 on 12-23-2012)
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Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cosmicevan, Oct 02, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Oct 07, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Militiagan from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.