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Serenity - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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BA SCORE
88
very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 48
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Twisted Manzanita Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: badboyrsl84 on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 48
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a slightly murky copper with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, whisky, and slight wood aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with there is a subtle tartness I am picking up too. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged barleywine but nothing all that exciting in my opinion. (542 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a khaki colored head. The nose starts off with mild vanilla and whiskey. There's some caramel and toffee notes, along with hints of oak and fruit. Mild oxidation is present as well. The flavor is sugary, almost a touch grainy. Carmel and sugar, light toffee and vanilla. Very restrained whiskey, some oak, light oxidation, and a touch of fruit. (370 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at South Park Abbey, served in a tulip glass. Not much head on the dark amber brew.

Sweet and hot is the main impression. Full of grainy flavors. Spicy tang cuts through the sugars. Huge malt in every dimension. Serious alcohol but it tastes even stronger than wine. Body is on the syrupy side. Flavors are murkier than I like. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Very slow sipping and constantly surprised by the powerful flavors and booziness.

I will have to try the bottled version, which sounds more refined. Maybe this keg has more of the murky yeasty flavors. (573 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle sent to me as an extra by Nugganooch; as always, thanks Dane! Bottle says it is whiskey aged; 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky, deep reddish brown color with an inch of light tan head that lasts for 1 minute and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toffee, bready malts, whiskey, coconut, alcohol, wood, and sweet dark fruits. Not a ton of whiskey but nice and a lot of caramel.

t - Tastes of caramel, whiskey, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, alcohol, oak,sweet dark fruits, molasses, and sugar. More alcohol than the nose and sweeter; still not a ton of whiskey. A touch more wood too.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a touch of heat. Not too heavy, though you can tell it is 12.1% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a good barleywine. I don't think the whiskey barrel comes through much, but I still liked the nose and taste so not a big deal. A bit strong and a sipper for sure, but a good barleywine I'd like to have again. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz black wax dipped bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/8/12
* From notes

-- Bottle purchased at BottleWorks in San Diego on 10/30/11 --

A: Cloudy cider amber. A decent pour yields a .25 finger head that's loose and fades much too quickly. A white collar rims the glass.

S: If you had asked me if this was barrel aged, then I'd have said no. It's much hoppier then I'd expected, though the hops are really beginning to fade. Not overly memorable.

T: Very nice. Again, those pine-like hops are right there, yet this time they're much more balanced and kept in check. The whiskey characteristics are mild, the beer is more creamy then hot. Pleasant and approachable. Not a lot of smoke or coconut, though as it warms to around room temp, I do get a lot more of the typical vanilla, coconut and toasted wood profiles I look for on BA beers like this.

M: Not bad. It's not overly brash or rough, yet it's not the motor oil consistency I prefer. No complaints here.

O: What a nice find. I'm all about unearthing small breweries and their hidden gems. So ok, this isn't the diamond in the rough I'd hoped for, but I'll be damned if it wasn't an above average entry into the American BA Barleywine category. A bit pricey at or around $10 a 12oz bottle, yet it's certainly a worthwhile tick.

Thumbs up. (1,307 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rawfish for sending this my way, a beer that squatted on my wants list for quite some time. 12 oz. waxed bottle broken into with brute force.

The pour is a dark orange with a surprisingly relevant head & zero sediment, which surprised me, I have no idea why. Nose hits the barleywine nail on the head, caramel, sweetness, & some more nice caramel.

Serenity is no doubt a different beast now that it's been resting quietly for so long. Follows through on the promise of the nose: a caramel bomb. Toffee, green apple, touch of oxidation that doesn't detract. Whiskey is only a gentle tickle in the back of the throat. Much more lively than I expected, & so easy to drink.

Perhaps not fair to be rating a beer this old, but it sounds like the barrel aging was pretty subtle to begin with & it still is, rendering a warmth in the chest more than any overt taste. Good barleywine. (891 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1063rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

2010 release

Thanks to Johndoe8 for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A bit darker than I was thinking. Was almost a brown color but was still inviting and creamy looking in the glass with a small impish medium off white head with very little cling..

Smell- Opens with a nice touch of malt and some brown sugar and then quickly goes into the whiskey treatment. A bit boozy and a bit warm.

Taste- The flavors start small and then envelop quickly. The normal barleywine flavors come in 1st. Malty, chewy and a bit damp, hell that moves quickly to BAM! Whiskey. A little unbalanced but still quite good.

Mouth- A nice light-medium body with a fairly medium carbonation level. Lots of residual malts and whiskey

Drink- I can say I love all types of barleywines. This was quite good and a little unbalanced for me but the barrel treatment was again unique because of the whiskey besides Bourbon. (954 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a slight creamy head that dies down to a thick lacing, very viscous and sticky when the glass is swirled.

S - Brown sugar, light molasses, whiskey, candy toffee, light wood and citrus.

T - Whiskey is forefront, oak, candy toffee, light colored molasses, and light citrus on the end with a slight tinge of tang.

M - Heavy medium body and sticky.

O - Aged nicely, purchased this bottle at the end of 2011 when I was out for San Diego Beer Week. (514 characters)

Photo of djaeon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Manzanita's first anniversary beer from 2011. Tried on 1/14/2013.

Since I didn't get the chance to try this fresh, I'm not sure what the comparison would be like. But I'm guessing some age has mellowed it out. Pours a hazy light copper with little head. It's pretty smooth for a barleywine, with a nice sticky mouthfeel. The 12.1% ABV isn't very evident. Heavy caramel flavor. Only a light hint of the whiskey barrel aging. I wish I had more than a 12oz bottle! Luckily, I've heard that they're aging this again in barrels currently, and may be doing larger format bombers the next round. (589 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up out of curiosity.
The beer pours a very clear brown caramel color with a light tan finger of head that fades somewhat quickly and can be revived to a film. The nose is big of caramel, toffee and whiskey. Thats where the taste is too, the whiskey barrel defenitly makes its presence known and is very welcome along with the caramel and toffee, the alcohol heat is well hidden. The body is a little lighter then I've grown used to with big barleywines but enjoyable with good carbonation. This one definitly is under the radar and pretty good, I would gladly drink more. (585 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is an Amber sunburst with a thin off white ring around the upper edge of the spot where the beer meets the glass.
I like the aroma on this quite a bit, caramel sweetness with some whiskey whispers.
Caramel rolled in brown sugar, whiskey and oak are prominent (<3), not as deep and rich as the aroma indicated but just as sweet and alcoholic, the strong alcohol is nice just needs a bit more richness.
Mouthfeel is granular medium-dense.

C/3 = Average

I liked this beer, if you like alcoholic barleywines you should go buy some. (539 characters)

Photo of Kshock
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange color with a brown hue giving it more of a dark tint. Very bright and good head retention, really nice appearance

S- Hops are very apparent at first but as it warms, lots of caramel whisky characteristics come through. very nice nose.

T- Malt sweetness with a good hop character. Very nice beer. When it warms up the barrel qualities come through very nicely.

M- Med to lite body with a good carb tickle on the palate.

O- Very nice for the first offering. (469 characters)

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, poured to snifter, slightly hazy amber, light shines through beautifully. 1/4 inch of creamy head, slow, steady carbonation.

Nose is sweet, of caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Malts have a strong presence here.

Flavors work hard to shine over the whiskey here. Malts are delicious and caramel. Nice tannic lacing. Interesting, I'd almost swear I taste ginger and orange peel as I reach deep to recognize flavors.

Feels sticky, great aftertaste as well.

Overall, I am very pleased to get to try this one...Much thanks to Mtbbright! Very delicious indeed. (569 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was released at the Manzanita one year anniversary party. Its been sitting in a whiskey barrel for the last year.

Pours a heavy brownish caramel in to the glass with a good fuzzy head that disappears quickly.

Smell - rich caramel and sweet malts. A touch of vanilla and whiskey from sitting in the barrel.

Taste. Very rich with flavors. Lots of thick mouth lacing caramel. It finishes with vanilla and a touch of whskey. Little to no alcohol kick.

Overall- its very smooth and the 12% abv is almost non apparent. I find this one to be very good and would like to have another. (594 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into my Bruery snifter.

Clear caramel color with a small head that fades quickly. The liquid is clear and inviting.

Nice malt flavors shine through, whisky and barrel. The whisky flavors are light and smooth.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation and a clean finish.

A very tasty 12% beer. I have plenty stashed and can't wait for Manzanita's next barrel aged beer. (390 characters)

Photo of Jjski
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrel aged barley wine! Sign me up, my favorite style vintage 2014

A-wistful: semi opaque chestnut with small head, fine lacing

S-wow: leathery old caramel toffee, faint whiskey and barrel

T- whoops: not correlative to smell. Blast of burnt sugar, and bitterness. Hops in background clash with the roasty ( burnt) foreground. Not one dimensional, but close.

M- wimpy. Thin, lacking body and effervescence

O- waiting: going to age my other bottle and hope for some cohesiveness to develop. It's fair, but not recommended. I poured the last glass into the BBQ pork I was making (582 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured from a 12oz wax bottle into a 3 oz snifter. Probably the most gorgeous looking beer i have ever poured. A beautiful clear cherry amber with thin lacing at the edges.

S: Intense deep caramel notes perfectly melting into oak and light whiskey bliss. 

T: This beer is banging right off the bat. Delivers rich burnt oak flavors mixed with light cherry and whiskey notes. The heat is barely noticeable
helping you recognize these complex flavors available for your palate.

M: Deep intense complex flavors complemented by a great dryness. 

O: My second beer by Manzanita. The first was average but this one is easily one of my favorite barrel aged barley wines. Well worth the price. Will be buying another. (718 characters)

Serenity from Twisted Manzanita Ales
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.