Mine Is Bigger Than Yours - To Øl
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
A: The beer is very hazy caramel in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and toffee are preset in the nose—these strengthen to medium intensity as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some additional hints of brown sugar, but only has slight bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible, but there's just enough to mask out just about all of the malty sweetness. Any traces of alcohol are also very well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is deceptively drinkable for 12.5% abv as you don't get any of the alcohol in the taste, but it has enough interesting flavors and warming to be a beer you could sip and savor next to a fire on a cold winter night.
05-08-2014 02:49:11 | More by metter98
3.86/5 rDev -2%
375ml poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy maroon color with a thick beige head. Good retention as a thin cap and thick ring, bits of lace left.
Smell - Dark caramel, toffee malts, raisin, some chocolate; light citrus hoppage and some alcohol come out more with warmth. Good, okay strength.
Taste - Pretty nice and balanced, not overly sweet or hoppy whatsoever. Dark caramel/molasses/dark fruit/chocolate malt combo. A little more hop presence (citrus/pine) than the scent but still on the lighter side. Not too much alcohol here either.
Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel, hefty but well-carbonated, nicely hidden alcohol for 12.5%, hop bitterness at a nice level.
Overall - Kind of a run-of-the-mill barleywine flavor-wise, but definitely solid and way more drinkable and balanced than expected. Drank it solo without much trouble.
03-05-2014 00:51:08 | More by Chico1985
4.24/5 rDev +7.6%
Bottle poured into a large snifter. Deep hazy amber brown with about an inch and a half of cream-tan head. Head held well and formed a nice thin layer on top and a hick collar. Phenomenal lacing. Aroma is really toasty/bready, some good sweet caramel, and earthy/woody hop. Taste is somehow inverted from the aroma, British hops, caramel and then the toast at the end; but the aftertaste turns back into the caramel sweetness. Good body: medium to almost full. Medium-low carbonation.
01-14-2014 03:03:19 | More by mverity
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
375 ml bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours an orange/brown color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, brown sugar, candied/dried fruit, and some light citrusy and grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, grapes, toffee, and a bit of grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I liked it. It's pricey at $10.99 a bottle, but still worth a try at that price.
12-23-2013 00:37:22 | More by bluejacket74
4.26/5 rDev +8.1%
Copper-colored body, very thick, creamy, light tan head; some yeast sediment bouncing around with the carbonation. Malt and molasses nose; caramel; faint esters. Bold caramel flavor with just a pinch of alcohol heat in the background; moderately bitter finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel; smooth with a heavy creaminess.
Oh, yeah! A very big, mouth-pleasing beer. Powerful malt foreground, well-balanced, with just the right amount of hop bitterness and keeping the alcohol factor well-tamed without completely hiding its presence.
09-07-2013 20:11:49 | More by beergoot
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
375ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter
Reviewed from rather old notes.
Appearance: The beer appears a medium red-brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a fantastic bright amber-red colour. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy off-white head that lasts fantastically well for the Abv. and leaves rings of thick lacing as it recedes.
Smell: Wow, the nose is far hoppier than I expected - notes of candied citrus peel, grapefruit, sweet orange, orange blossom honey and ripe pineapple indicate that the hopping levels are certainly that of an American barleywine. Other notes include: Caramel, toasted malt, golden raisins, golden syrup and a little brown sugar.
Taste: The flavour is quite sweet upfront, with notes of caramel, toffee, toasted malt and orange blossom honey, but begins to shift towards hoppier notes (candied citrus peel, a hint of resin and a light tropical fruity note) in the middle of the mouth. The finish is quite dry and fairly bitter for a barleywine. There is very little trace of the 12,5% in the flavour and hence dangerously drinkable.
Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and slightly sticky and the carbonation is of a medium level and fantastically smooth – this is ridiculously drinkable for 12,5%.
Overall: Mine is bigger than yours is a pretty solid barley wine and one I would love to have again, however I have some trouble with this being listed as an English Barleywine! The malt and citric hop profile are far more in line with the American version of the style than the English.
07-31-2013 08:37:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
Mine Is Bigger Than Yours from To Øl
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