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Bluebelly Barleywine - Ladyface Ale Companie

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Bluebelly Barleywine
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BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ladyface Ale Companie visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SShelly on 03-22-2010)
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On tap at the alehouse.
Review for the 2012 Oaked version 9% ABV.
Aged in Markers Mark barrels.

A: Pours brown with crimson edges topped with a 1-inch finely bubbled off-white head which leaves good rings of lace.

N: Fruity with a trace bourbon, oak wood, floral, vinous. On warming the bourbon notes become more prominent.

T: Mildly sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel malts.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and semi-sweet finish.

O: Served too cold. When allowed to warm the bourbon is much more noteable. A bit too sweet for me, but nice.

wethorseblanket, Aug 20, 2012
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Barrel aging is subtle, one of the least barrel'd beers I've had - minor oakeyness. Biggest issue is that it is to sweet! Cloying sweet. Appearance and mouthfeel are fine, smell is nice but subtle. Needs more attenuation and it could be a nice beer.

drewone, Aug 09, 2012
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mjr2377, Nov 16, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Consumed the 2010 and 2011 versions side by side tonight at Ladyface. 2011 released today. The 2010 is 10.0% and the 2011 is 10.5%, so a slight uptick in this year's version. On to the reviews...

A: Both vintages were a dark, cloudy mahogany copper hue. Each had a very nice, frothy head. The 2011 head was slightly thicker and left very nice lacing. The 2010 had a little bit less. So far so good.

S: Here is where the differences begin to show. 2011 is quite hoppy and sweet smelling where the 2010 vintage is a little more subdued. I don't smell any hops in the 2010.

T: 2011 vintage is quite hoppy but not overpowering. Rather, the hops contribute very nicely to the overall profile of the brew. The malt backbone is full of caramel and bready notes. This is quite nice. It gets even better from here as I taste the 2010 vintage next. The hop character has almost completely left the brew. 2010 is leathery, rasiny (?), and has some bread notes. This has completely changed with only one year of aging. It is quite incredible to taste the same beer (almost) and see such a drastic change after only one year.

M: Both vintages are full-bodied and have the right amount of carbonation. In this aspect, nothing much has changed. However, I am curious to see how this characteristic changes over the next few years.

D: Holy crap, this is 10.5%???? It's got a little heat on it for sure, but wow, this is amazing. I would not mind sitting at the bar drinking this all night. An extremely smooth barleywine that I will get my share of until it is gone for the year.

The 2011 reminds me of a fresh Bigfoot, but with a more full body and an even better malt backbone. I have not had an aged Bigfoot, so I don't know how this compares to a one year old Bigfoot. Dare I say that I liked this more than Bigfoot. I will be back later this week to buy a growler.

The great thing about Ladyface is that the servers are beer geeks themselves and love to talk to you about the brews you are drinking. They ask your opinion and seem to really care. That's just one more reason to love this place. I loved it before, but the beer has put Ladyface over the top for me. Every one of their brews is exceptional, and Blue Belly is beyond exceptional. Great job Ladyface. I look forward to future veritcals of Blue Belly.

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Pours a dark amber color with copper contrast.
No head (due to the Cold/freezed glass it was served in, which was a shame).Hence the drop in APPEARANCE.
As far as aromas go... Dark fruits,spice,figs. Once it warms up it picks up Tobacco,herbs, raisin(?),and more earth tones.
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It would be easier drinking if it aged for 1+ year(s). Medium MF with bitterness.
Not harsh of a drinker,once it mellows(ages) it well "explode" with much more flavor and Smoothness.

Thanks for this David,it truly is a treat can't wait for the "cellared" and Belgian version.

getkrunkhoe, Mar 26, 2010
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Bluebelly Barleywine from Ladyface Ale Companie
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.