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Barleywine - Oakshire Brewing

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85
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-14-2013)
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Medium brown color, minimal visible carbonation and not much present mouthfeel wise. Still some hop presence, not too sweet, a bit boozy, which Matt had barrel-aged this ala Hellshire.

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Dark amber in the big goblet. Nice pile of suds. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. A little burnt sugar.

Kind of herbal and a little dank on the hop side. On the grainy side, it's warm and malty with a big, chewy caramel mouthfeel. Pleasantly woody without the usual barrel routine. Not as hot or alcohol-tasting as expected. Rather bitter aftertaste.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Burlington, Wash.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of BastardKing24
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Barleywine from Oakshire Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.