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Lawyers, Guns & Money - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 25.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: theformula on 07-16-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 91
Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Grassy hop aroma with a toasty malt backbone. Sharp booze fume.

T- Herbal, grassy hop flavor accompanied by more toasty malt and a noticeable booze presence. Moderate bitterness plays off the graininess of the malt but ends up clashing with the rest of the flavor profile. Funnily enough, I wish there was more sweetness to counteract the hops since everything here is so dry. The flavors are all too aggressive and don't work in harmony enough. Some sweetness comes out as it warms, but it's too little too late.

M- Sharp and bitey from the hops and booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Decent enough but lacking balance.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. Can

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice small island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some dark fruits, barely, citrus, some pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slight malt note, citrusy, piney. Medium body, with a nice dry finish. ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a very tasty brew, more DIPA than BWSA. This has got to be my first BWSA in a can, very cool Would recommed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a hazy caramel color akin to unfiltered cider with a loose, quarter-inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose is consistent with what you would expect for the style. Hops-forward (earthy/piney), followed by caramel notes and hint of fruitiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, less sweet and more muted and medicinal. There's also a trace of cardboard in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild oiliness and an even carbonation shy of assertive. Overall, style-consistent; however, the flavor profile is a little dull and not overly sweet.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Head is a deep tan tone. Body settles to a light amber color. Nose full of prickly hops and noticeable grainy malts. The taste comes through a little thin for the style. Both the hops and malt play together nicely in the flavor though. On the plus side this is a very approachable barleywine.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes more like a dipa to me...but that taste is incredible. And affordable. Really surprised me considering it's the first beer from these guys I really enjoyed. Definitely a go to for me now. Outstanding!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a hazy orange/gold with a small and quickly receding head of foam that leaves some lacing.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, very hoppy aromas but with a Belgian like nose inthere as well. Yeasty? Candi sugar?

Right off the bat, this reminds me of a Double/Imperial IPA. That is how hoppy it is; grapefruit with some tropical fruit bitter sweetness. Again, there's an element or 2 of a mild Belgian influence. Must be how the malt affects my palate.

Medium body with medium carbonation and more than medium alcohol presence.

Not a bad price for a 4-pack but I don't think I will repurchase.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - knocked it for being a little hazy
Smell - piney, grassy, little bit of sweet caramel almost chocolate malt type flavor (from the Belgian candi sugar?)
Taste - piney, grassy, grapefruit, caramel/bready malt
Mouthfeel - little thicker, like an English barley wine
Overall - would buy again, it's different and pretty damn good, plus its canned

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, sticky, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American Barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of big citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange / garnet color. Very thin head that settles on the edges, slight carbonation. Big pine hops on the nose with orange citrus notes. Malty at the start but dominated by bitter, piney, sticky hops. Malt flavor remains present and candied sugar pops in a bit to help cut some pithy, citrus rind bitterness at the end. Not overly boozy and a little drying. While I've had a number of hoppy Barleywines, this one might have been better suited with some more malt and sweetness to balance it out. This was the first Barleywine I've seen in a can, which was cool.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazed amber with a thumb+ of cream colored head. Only slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & breadyness, a little pineapple & mango once warm

T: Pineapple, pineyness, a little grassiness & cakeyness up front. Leafy hops, astringency as this warms, & more pineapple, some dryness & even a bit of peppery hops. Finishes with pineapple, grassy hops & just a bit of grapefruit & some pear showing up late to the party, with just a little boozey warmth

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, warming, skews too hoppy for the style

Drinks easy, but seems more like a DIPA to me, just not true to style enough. I've had plenty of hop forward American BWs that work, this drives too far out of the lane

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Good aroma and nice flavor. Fairly well balanced, alcohol is hidden well. I actually really enjoyed the beer but it was canned and there was a large amount of trub and yeast in the can, enough to make the beer rather unattractive.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is an opaque, hazy, bright, copper coloring with no head. Aromas of booze forward, with sugary sweetness, tropical fruits, caramel, toffee, vanilla, tangy cream, woody notes, subtle hops bitterness, floral highlights, apricots, and bready qualities. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a rich caramel and toffee blend, with subtle charred wood notes, tangy cream highlights, booze undertones, subtle hops spice and bitterness, and earthy notes. Pretty slick and mid-bodied, with a warmth building towards the end. The aftertaste is more of the rich sweetness and warmth, with a slick, lingering finish.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy reddish copper with a smallish off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, fruit and some dank, resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee with some fruit and a big resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy barley wine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely an american style barleywine, rusty but clear in color, short tan head, and a nose just bursting with citrusy hops, tons of bitterness, and not all the english style sweetness that the style usually shows. i was amazed how light this poured at the brewery, barely copper, but its nose did not lack intensity like the pour did. its so hoppy, almost like an enormous ipa, without much grain aromas at all. a little toast on the front end of the flavor, but it isnt sweet at all, a surprisingly dry barleywine overall, but i miss the depth the richer grain bill provides. its overly simple for me, and with all these hops on the back end, its not a beer i care to let warm up much by slow sipping. i want to drink it down before the bitterness ramps up anymore and before the booze comes out even more than it already is. i like this as a strong ale, but as a barleywine i need more layers and a lot more body.

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Photo of theformula
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have no idea why this is referred to as a Barleywine by CM...it's a DIPA. Nothing about it suggests American BW but hey, I'm not the brewer. Subjectively the beer is great, but it's not a Barleywine.

Looks great, clingy lacing and a medium amber color.

Smells like a hob bomb, which it is. All WC "C" hops, Centennial, Chinook & Citra so you get Citrus rind, slight pine and just dank hop oils.

Taste is all about the hops and follows the aroma. Loads of bitter, citrusy, leafy hop flavors pretty much pummels the tongue. Great body, easy to throw down for a 10% heavy-weight. Malt flavors are waaay mild and I just get some grainy, caramel-y notes in the background. Finish has oily, sticky hop notes and is bone-dry.

Recommended. Again, it's tough to rate as it's a very solid beer, but maybe their interpretation of barleywine is different than, well, most everyone else's.

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Lawyers, Guns & Money from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.