Mine Is Bigger Than Yours - To Øl
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.
Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.
05-09-2013 00:52:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.01/5 rDev +2%
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
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
Served in a snifter at Beer Market - Vernon Hills.
What better way to follow a beef barleywine than an even beefier barleywine? This stuff pours a hazy amber topped by a half-finger of glowing wan khaki foam. The nose comprises Italian bread, candied orange peel, light mandarin orange, and honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a light twinge of booze, thick caramel, and a more rye-leaning bread component. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid barleywine, but one that's more cudgel than rapier, unfortunately.
06-04-2013 07:18:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
not about to call a beer of this magnitude easy drinking, but as monsterous English style barleywines go, this is about is drinkable as they come. it pours a rich burnt caramel color, with some yeast in suspension and a tall reddish tan head with good retention. I smell sweet toffee heavy English malts and a lot of alcohol. the flavor flashes sweet for awhile, like, white sugar sweet, but it dies back at the finish and lets some interesting bitterness come in. lots of dessert bread and cakey flavors, very holiday. this is an English style barleywine exactly, not one of those big hoppy heathens from the usa. I appreciate its use of restraint and subtlety, despite being so big. the alcohol sting is strong, and the buzz is intense. a good bottle to share no doubt. it has good carbonation for the style, and a predictably full body. finishes relatively clean for how sweet it starts. overall not my favorite offering from these guys, but their craftsmanship is confirmed. probably a must have for the barleywine fiend, a maybe for the rest of us.
05-14-2013 18:37:06 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +1.8%
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep brown body with a thin bubblish light tan meniscus of foam. There is a gentle carbonation that pops to the surface.
S- The woody malt aroma has some white grape skin notes in the finish.
T- The spicy hops blend with a dry woody caramel flavor and a fruity grape note grows and takes on a slight gummi bear quality as it opens. The grape fruity flavor lingers on in the after taste.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol warmth when it opens and a soft fizz prick
O- This is an interesting blend of malt and grapes and it balances both nicely. There is not a rich luscious barleywine flavor but nice flavor.
04-09-2013 15:22:00 | More by rhoadsrage
3.31/5 rDev -15.8%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pours with a small white head. Deep orange, slight haze. Some surface wisps.
Smell - Musty and a little bit of hops. A bucket of caramel. Slight fruitiness.
Taste - Lots of caramel. It has some hop presence and a little bit of must. A bit of apple-y flavor.
Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.
Overall - Kinda blah, but decent flavors.
06-04-2013 01:18:46 | More by Alieniloquium
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: A surprisingly muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.
T: Like the smell, the taste was very underplayed. The hops were very much present, along with some caramel and malt in the finish. Not quite as hoppy as most barleywines, but it's a sufficient amount. A decent flavor.
M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.
O: A bit uneven in spots, but this is still a drinkable beer.
11-13-2012 22:37:35 | More by avalon07
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a rich mahogany, with atan 2 finger head. Laces well and overall is an attractive beer.
Aroma is rather sweet, with notes of caramel, toffee, nuts and even tinges of chocolate.
The taste echoes the sweetness, but with a bit of a burn from the alcohol. It's slight, and just enough to let you know it's a big beer. There's a nutty, toffee-like linger.
The body is fairly full bodied, with some creamy slickness too it.
It's a pretty nice barleywine. I'm presuming that this is an English as opposed to an American from the lack of hops.
09-20-2012 23:02:31 | More by EgadBananas
4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
A - Hazy ruby-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, some dark fruit, and grassy hops, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, grassy hops, a bit of resiny bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, lightly bitter, warming finish.
D - Nice malty barleywine.
05-21-2013 05:27:59 | More by ngeunit1
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
A pinkish clouded brew, a non-descriptive colored head with small lacing but good curtains.
Glue, hops and resin.
Tasting sweet sherry, raisins, jelly bean shots.
Little carbonation, sticky with a thick body, not dry.
Soft, slightly boozy, very young. Wait a decade.
09-30-2012 20:20:17 | More by rarbring
4.14/5 rDev +5.3%
I'm a sucker for b-wines I haven't tried yet, so I went ahead and bought this despite the name.
a: This was a slightly hazy cherry iced tea color. It poured with a medium sized off white head that's faded to spotty lace.
s: Boozy raisins and caramel with some faded grassy hops.
t: There is no date to be found, but this tastes like it may have been on the shelf for a while. I mean that in a good way. Sweet up front with brown sugar, grapes, and raisins. The finish brings a sweet booziness and a fairly potent hoppy tingle. A strong, charred toffee lingers with a positive sort of abrasiveness.
m: Big and chewy with soft carbonation.
o: As pricey as this was, I can't say I regret the purchase. An excellent beer like this deserves a better name.
03-17-2013 23:12:48 | More by DIM
Mine Is Bigger Than Yours from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.