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Militiagan - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
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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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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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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.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Militiagan from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.