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Tectonic Barleywine - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Tectonic Barleywine
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85
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 0
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Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: on 02-23-2010

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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by Kegatron:
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler. Pours a deep ruddy amber with a ½ finger of rich off-white head. Robust ringing that leaves sticky swathes of lacing behind. Fruit jumps out in the aroma, both of the dark variety and then some more ripe and fleshy tones as well. Plenty of roasty and sticky brown sugar character is present as well, along with a good bit of sweetness and spice from the alcohol. Like the nose, fruit stands out in the taste as well but is equally matched by sticky notes of toffee and brown sugar. Citric hops stretch down the center of the profile with an earthy bitterness. The high alcohol adds a bold sweet spiciness to this. Finishes dry and bitter with some lingering warm spice. The mouthfeel is full with a prickly feel to the carbonation on the tongue. I wouldn’t say that this is overly hot but the alcohol definitely has a big presence in this, combining with those still rather potent hops to give this some aggressive and sharp edges that could honestly use a little age to help knock off. There is a decent amount of flavor here but the ABV does hold this back some.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone goblet/snifter.

A pleasant surprise amidst the more summer-inclined offerings. It pours a clear cooper-amber topped by a half-finger of whitish foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuits, maple syrup, and a ricochet of honey. The taste is very similar, though the biscuits were eaten by the dog before they could hit the table, the honey is a tad more pronounced, and a rather subtle bitterness is achieved. The body is a decided medium, with low carbonation and a feel that approaches chewiness. Overall, a solid barleywine, but something's missing. I think it's more of a commitment to either a solid hoppiness or a strong maltiness. The dithering weakens things, but not to the point of collapse: it's still pretty good.

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Tectonic Barleywine from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.