Barleywine 2013 (Single Batch Release) - Oakshire Brewing
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3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a murky brown color. Like muddy water, it's dark, menacing and opaque. In contrast, the head is very white, maybe a finger thick. However, it doesn't retain well and the lacing, if you can call it that, leaves much to be desired.
It has the standard barleywine scent to it. A combination of extreme malts and caramelly vanilla scents. While it's par for the course, it's still an outstanding smell.
While 10.1% ABV isn't necessarily extreme, it's still a force to be reckoned with. The flavor reeks of alcohol. Very malt forward as you can imagine, the hops are simply a bit player. Caramel malts dominate, along with some spicy hops in the background, but it's really about the alcohol. Maybe a bit too much so.
A bit too in your face for me. I drink beer over spirits because I don't care for the alcohol forwardness of spirits, this beer comes close to crossing the line. It's hot. It's spicy. There are alcohol esters here that remind me of rubbing alcohol. Full bodied with a slight sweetness early on that's immediately trampled by heat from the alcohol. A lingering bitterness.
I think aging this might have helped. It's a 2013 vintage and a time out in the cellar may have softened the sharp edges a bit. Not bad, just lack sophistication.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 02:33:19 | More by RickS95
4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark orange/amber with a slight offwhite head that leaves lacing and bubbles.
Smell is Caramel and brown sugar, with some hops mixed in. Also some dark fruit smells here and there.
Taste is similar with Caramel and malty sweetness. Molasses creeps in, and also dried figs and dates. Not a very bitter beer but there is a decent hoppiness to it as well.
Feel is low to medium carb with a definite slickness to it, its perfect for 10%. I can't detect alot of heat from this, so its nice at this point in its age.
Overall I like this offering and would buy again.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 02:23:20 | More by BastardKing24
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Sampled on a number of occasions, most recently in a snifter at the tap and growler.
The beer pours a fairly dark brownish amber color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is text book BW, and frankly, I didn't pickup as much brandy as I was expecting in this beer. Otherwise, the beer had some nice caramel, toffee and vanilla, along with some underlying dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, but there's some noticeably underlying hoppy bitterness as well, which helps to buoy that sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly full with a long finish, but with some noticeable heat from the alcohol as well.
There's no doubt this is a solid beer from Oakshire, but right now it's a bit hot and I think could use some time to improve in bottle or keg. I actually found it a bit of a chore to make it through my entire glass, and the sweetness coupled with the noticeable alcohol was just a bit much for me. However, woiuld love to try this beer again in a year or two to see what develops.
Serving type: on-tap
01-09-2014 18:25:10 | More by John_M
3.61/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a light tan while the body is a dark amber which appears as a medium amber when held up to the light. The lacing that has been left tends toward sheeting.
Nose- Very American Barleywine. Starts off with a mustiness that hints at grapefruit, then transitions into caramel, and then burnt caramel, followed matchstick and hard candy sugar. A good amount of pine and resin as well. Suggests that the palate will be too much bitter hops but up against too strong of a malt bill. Hints of peach. Swirling shows more grapefruit and matchstick.
Taste- Starts off with citrus (mostly orange) and raisins but quickly dives into matchstick and grapefruit, lots of earwax, lots of oak, lots of pine and resin. Some caramel but it mostly tastes burnt. It's a stereotypical American Barleywine through and through and I'm about to write off the entire style. Too bad I've have two more waiting in the wings. Does mellow out a bit and showcase more normal caramel notes matched with rounded orange flavors. Much of the bitter hop notes start to fade and newer and juicier hop flavors seem to take their place. Huge citrus, light stone fruits, some cherry, some honey. Really balances out the bitterness which has a bit of a linger. Slight touch of alcohol but nothing that says 10%. Mostly good beer that suggests possible cellaring.
Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied, almost between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Some zing as well. Seems closer to an IIPA than a barleywine. May not bode well for aging.
Drinkability- Fairly well contained in comparison to the boisterousness of some American Barleywines. 8-10 bucks a bomber is fair but I'm not sure this beer is worth it. I don't think I would buy it again.
Overall- Pretty much just a good beer. Nothing spectacular, some promise, no real flaws, and pretty competent. Worth a try but it does seem a little pricy to me. You would almost think that it would have to be barrel aged to command the price but it isn't.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 09:19:33 | More by artoolemomo
3.99/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Found this gem at the Boise COOP over the weekend... Pours a little hazed deep orange/light amber... great off white head shows nice retention and messy spots of lacing.
Nose is very balanced... but VERY PNW... Thick resinous citrus hops with a bit of pine and a nice smack of toasty/lite caramel maltiness to round things out.
Plate has a great bitter backbone that helps keep the malts balanced... the hops are again pithy citrus with a little piney essence... A light EtOH presence helps move the bitterness off the backend a bit.
I like an aggressive American Barleywine right out of the gates... This one delivers... Very nice.. I will buy again certainly assuming I can find it.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 03:47:04 | More by JohnGalt1
Barleywine 2013 (Single Batch Release) from Oakshire Brewing
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