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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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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of emerge077
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dbrauneis, Sep 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Gonzoillini, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Zaphog, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

warnerry, Jun 29, 2013
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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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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 573 of 666

A: A murky reddish-brown pour. Small fluffy off-white head despite aggressive pour. Despite this, it leaves little splotches of lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Huh, I did not realize this was barrel aged. Notable bourbon with caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and some dark fruits like raisin and fig. Not much else is detectable at this point. Just sweet and malty.

T: Barrel influence is less here but still notable. Caramel and brown sugar mainly. Very sweet, sticky and malty in general. There is some heavy grainy malt character, like dark bread and oatmeal. Decent bit of vanilla and then oak in the finish, making it a touch dry.

M: Quite heavy, thick and borderline syrupy. All malt.

O: Very interesting beer. Only thing I know about it is that the bottle says it's a "potable oat wine". It's very malty, heavy on the breadiness, graininess and sweetness. Appears to be barrel aged to some extent - more noticeable in the aroma. In the taste it integrates well with the existing flavors I'd say. Having said all of that, it's quite tasty. Similar to a barleywine but with less fruitiness and more graininess/breadiness. That's the best comparison I can give. Like drinking liquid dark bread basically.

Dope, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ncaudle, Jan 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

MikeCactusGordon, Nov 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #209/666, shared by Marco. Thanks!

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.

Etan, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

stortore, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Docrock, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

denimdemon, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SaisonRichBiere, Jun 11, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%.

claaark13, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

kirkse, Jul 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

C2H5, Feb 24, 2014
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Militiagan from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.