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Barleywine - Oakshire Brewing

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-14-2013

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 11
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 edition, i found this one to be on the thin side in terms of feel. i am used to and appreciative of the huge grain spectrum in these, ranging from sweet to biscuity, cakey, tannic, always layered in all nice, but this is a little one dimensional compared to that standard. saturated bronze color, doesnt look thin at all, and it holds a little tan head for awhile. aromas of bittering hops and molasses come out first, with the booze well behind it. not quite as nuanced in the nose as others, but it smells pretty yummy, especially on a windy chilly gray afternoon. the taste is good, it just doesnt have all that much going on, and because (at least in part) of the bitter hop finish, it seems dry, almost too dry for the style, not lingering and warming quite the way the style usually does. that said, it tastes very good, woody in some way, sticky malty like a high gravity wort before yeast is pitched, and the lightness of body makes it easy drinking for what it is. the thin body hurts it though, the big flavors have less to cling to, and the booze is way more exposed, this finishes almost hot when it comes up to temperature, and it seems to bring out the weird grain proteins in the middle before that. a worthy brew no doubt, maybe cellar time will help it a little, but not one of the more complex barleywines in the game.

Photo of Floydster
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage

Appearance is muddy brown with two fingers of beige head, some red tint when held up to the light, decent carbonation at first but fades fast with no lacing

Smell is full of toffee, caramel malt, booze, raspberry, faint Northwestern hops, bread, and honey

Taste is pretty boozy all the way through, sweet finish with a slightly dry start, definitely more malt forward than hoppy, could be due to being over a year old in the cellar now, taste is fairly one dimensional but has a nice inviting toffee flavor

Mouthfeel was a bit thin with more bubbles than most barleywines I have tasted, got a little cloying and needed some more body

Overall I liked the toffee notes but it needed something else going on in order to shine some more, I would love to taste an extra hoppy version of this as I think it would drink more like a well balanced Triple IPA

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-02-21
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. 2014 vintage.

Pours cloudy reddish amber with a small head and some fine, very slow carbonation. Smell is mild, barleywiney -- alcohol, a little dark fruit, yeast, a little wood.

Taste is not dominated by alcohol, but it's a strong theme. There's actually some light colored fruit -- not exactly pear or apple, but in that neighborhood. Definitely some oaky/woody characteristic.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and surprisingly light. Overall, good.

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of airpup
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared 2013 bottle.
Fruity. Acceptably sweet. Exceptionally Smooth. Aroma is too boozy but the alcohol is otherwise well hidden.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lysergicdream
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 -8.4%

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.

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Andrew24
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RickS95
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Danzeek
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jbakajust1
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Caleb
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BastardKing24
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.

Photo of 510a
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BVukelich
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Barleywine from Oakshire Brewing
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