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SBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine - Fremont Brewing Company

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SBW #5 Pacific N.W. BarleywineSBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 510a on 05-11-2013)
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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey amber in the little tulip. Not too sticky and actually a rather slushy body that is fine for sipping. Plentiful aroma of pine with a touch of honeysuckle. Spritzy on the tongue.

Rather sweet but the bitterness shows up to add some balance. Quite hoppy in a big aromatic way. Label notes the hops as Amarillo and Super Galena. This just tastes like a freshly cut pine board. Smooth and mellow with the bitter aftertaste that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Caramel with burnt sugar and the most intriguing leafy hop taste. Not at all dank and dirty, this is a well-chosen hop concoction. Less alcohol tasting than a lot of other giant brews.

An unusual double IPA sort of beer that maybe has some traits of a Barley Wine, like alcohol. It does seem better with some sipping, and it's an interesting brew for a strong jolt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Seattle.

mactrail, Jun 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kevin for sharing. Rusty copper brown, dirty and murky looking, borderline lagoon water with some brighter, orange and deep amber hints near the bottom of the glass. A hard pour results in no head, just an extremely thin tan ring that outlines the beer. And when I say thin, I mean thin. We're talking outlined with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil thin.

The nose gives me a quick hit of caramel malt sweetness; plentiful and sticky with some toffee and fruity esters following right behind. Light green apple sweetness and peppery phenols are secondary, but still very much noticeable and large contributors to the aroma. I'm not getting huge hop bouts like many others are describing, aside from a very, very faint citrus peel that gets buried in the back.

Lots of toasty, warm caramel bursts with each sip; at first, that's almost all you can taste. Very sweet and almost residual sugary to a degree, with lots of graham cracker reminders and toasted bread from the malts. Toffee and a touch of molasses should be noted as well. The fruit switches from lighter to darker, as the green apples from the nose seem more like sweet prunes and dates on the palate.

There's a touch of hops; a little bit ashy and coming on with a touch of citrus peel. Not really all that "hoppy", though I don't know how old this particular bottle is. The finish is still caramel and toffee heavy, with a coating mouth feel that'll have you suckin' caramel covered dates for a while after you've swallowed. Medium-heavy bodied, smooth and viscous all around.

Pretty decent barleywine here, though I didn't get the crazy hoppiness that some others were describing. It's fairly easy drinking, considering the style. Tasty and enjoyable, though it doesn't do much to discern itself from others. Something I'd definitely drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get a handle on.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

NWer, May 11, 2013
Photo of BigE90
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BigE90, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kevwcamp, May 16, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mdaschaf, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev +1.8%

distantmantra, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jmccraney, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Small khaki head. Leggy. Thin wisps.

Smell - Very hoppy. A hint of lemon. Otherwise grapefruit. Deep caramel.

Taste - Grapefruit. Lots of caramel malt. Pretty sweet. Lingering syrupy malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Sweet after a while.

Overall - It just gets too sweet without any interesting flavors. Aggressively hoppy, but not enough to keep my interest.

Alieniloquium, May 06, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
4/5  rDev +1.8%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +1.8%

spark3148857, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TysonA
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

TysonA, May 12, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

EgadBananas, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jaydoc, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a medium reddish-orange amber with a half finger, very light tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, piney and citrus hops and dark fruit, a bit boozy. Flavor follows aroma closely with the same citrus and piney hops, light caramel malt, light stone fruit, finishes with light herbal and citrus hops and ethanol. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A warming and citrus influenced barleywine with a light to medium malt body.

LiquidAmber, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Eighty, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +1.8%

danwho, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of cfaulman
4/5  rDev +1.8%

cfaulman, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +1.8%

bespin15, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of CaptainQ
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CaptainQ, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't remember who shared this... maybe another Francois beer.

Very light fizzy head, semi clear amber orange red color.

Nose sweet candy malts, young fresh malt, nice fresh fruity hops, light spicy slight tropical fruit hops, light fresh mineral water, light salty mineral, sweet candy malt.

Taste candy malts, light booze warmth, caramel, toasty reddish malt, light mineral slight salty water, hint fruity esters, toffee and caramel, slight nutty. Finish brings nice earthy chewy spicy hops fairly bitter, fresh malt and hop characters, more toffee and caramel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter carb, light warming booze

jlindros, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of laminam
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It's like a giant DIPA with some sweet barley wine flavor.

I wouldn't recommend this as a barley wine, per-say, but I would recommend it to my DIPA loving friends as an entry into barley wine territory.

Being a huge fan of Fremont's brews, I snatched up all my local store had of this beer, and I don't regret it.

laminam, May 29, 2013
Photo of Wayne17
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Wayne17, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of 510a
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Seattle Beer Week
Color ,a nice copper with a clean light diffused through a clean appearane with moderaty present bubbles rising through the middle to form a weak slightly soapy looking head

Smell is not my strong suit , but some caramel, slightly bready, and no hint of booziness , but a slight hop aroma reminds me of Bigfoot.

Taste is slightly sweet ,but not sticky or overbearing. The hops tingle but dont evoke much bitterness. Clean finnish and you want that next drink because you cant believe your drinking a barley wine.

Overall, this is dangerous like a good wee heavy or DIPA that hides its alcohol and then comes back to smack you when your not looking, so worth the $10 for a follow up bomber. $15 for the barrel aged version, limit 2
Get it while you can!!

510a, May 11, 2013
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SBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine from Fremont Brewing Company
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