Knights Of The Barleywine (Cognac Barrel Aged) - Swamp Head Brewery
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3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
2013 Bottle ("Knighted in 2012"). Pours a murky brownish amber color with a one finger off white head that looks very creamy. The aroma: uh oh. This might be infected. It has a sour apple and cherry aroma like a very nice sour red/brown. For an English barleywine...not right. Flavor follows the smell closely. Sour apple flavor with some hefty booze in the background from the cognac barrels. Some other fruits and a hint of toffee. Mouthfeel is slick and pretty heavy, but with some spritzy carbonation to go along. This is so far off style I can’t even begin to describe my confusion. But it is actually decently tasty. I don’t know how to rate this. If they told me this was a sour brown, I’d give it a high 3 score. As a barleywine? In the 1’s. Spliting the difference for now. I think I’ll stop by Swamp Head tomorrow to see if they know about this issue or if this was the intended flavor.
Revisiting this after capping for a day and letting it hang out in the fridge. Less carbonation of course this time around. Still a bit of a sour aroma with some cognac and figs in there. Sweet with some figs and bready malt, liquor bite, sweet molasses. Still a bit of a lingering sour kick left in the palate. In any case, the flavor is lacking and falls a bit flat beside the bit of sourness. Not their best effort by any means, hopefully they work out the kinks next year. When I mentioned it at the brewery I was told, "Sometimes you get funky flavors because this is barrel aged. That's how it goes." Whatever. It's not terrible but it sounds like they know they put an infected beer in bottles.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 00:14:25 | More by BMMillsy
Knights Of The Barleywine (Cognac Barrel Aged) from Swamp Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.