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Mine Is Bigger Than Yours - Muscatel Barrel Aged - To Øl

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 23
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-24-2013

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2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

[Moved this review from the regular "Mine Is Bigger Than Yours" listing per a Site Editor's request. Original review was dated 04-12-2013.]

"Barley Wine-Style Ale Aged in Muscatel Barrels." Acquired for $15.00 at a local SoCal beer store. 12.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with standard silver pressure cap served into a flared Mitchells of Lancaster stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high; I generally like this brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, but allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and generally good (~3-4) minute retention for the high ABV. Light even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a caramel peach-brown - murky, nontransparent, and lightly glowing. Opaque; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style. Not unique or special.

Sm: Sweet plum/stonefruit, caramel, light toasted malt, biscuit malt, generic floral hop character, light fig, raisin, and yes - grape - when I look for it. Hopping is a bit aggressive for an English Barleywine; I think this may actually be an American Barleywine if we're going by Beeradvocate's reductionistic categorization scheme. No barrel notes. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.

T: Sweet malts - including caramel and biscuit. Grainy. Some plum, fig, and light bright grape. Like the stonefruit here. Little alcohol comes through, if any. No yeast character. Floral hop notes are prominent considering the alleged style, and even dip into a bit of bitter territory. I'm not impressed with the barrel aging; I don't know that it added much - at least in terms of wood/barrel notes. The grape is a nice subtle touch but doesn't work as well as it should in the balance. It's a nice little flavour profile for a barleywine, but it's not special or mind-blowing. Well put together. Good body. The bitterness/sweetness balance is all over the place and needs serious honing.

As odd as it sounds, it tastes the way I imagine sunscreen would.

Mf: Not too thick - a common problem with lesser beers in the style. Adequate carbonation. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to bring out the limited flavours. Presence on the palate is decent; I like more depth of flavour in my barleywines but it's forgivable here. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. I'd like more softness.

Dr: An adequate but forgettable barleywine from To Ol. Pricey for its limited quality and portions. I wouldn't trifle with this again. I'm a biteen disappointed; I did expect better. The grape sticks out as memorable, but the barrel aging was poorly done overall - and probably wasn't worth the time. Drinkable but unremarkable. Skip this one; there are far better barleywines at this price point.

High C

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Bottle: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet toffee notes with caramelized malt with light sweet vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet toffee notes with some caramelized malt with a sweet white wine finish. The whole mix is sweet without being overly so that it falls into gross territory. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not as complex as I was anticipating with nice used of barrel-aging treatment.

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Bottle purchased at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

This one pours a dark, slightly murky brown, with a very small head and no lacing.

Smells like red wine, caramel, tannins, and some cardboardy aromas. I am worried about oxidation being an issue here.

This is not the best BA Barleywine I've ever had, it just didn't quite work. The base barleywine just doesn't seem beefy or expressive enough to stand on it's own without the barrel, and the barrel aging doesn't particularly help it either. There's some red wine, tannis and dark fruit, but no oak, with a fleeting glimpse of piney hops, and some oxidation characteristics, specifically cardboard flavors. Meh.

This is medium bodied, a little bit syrupy sweet, with a lower level of carbonation.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a red-orange amber with a nice one finger light brown head with great retention and tons of lacing, surprisingly nice for a barrel aged barleywine. Aroma of caramel malt, fortified wine, light stone fruit, smellse like a classic English barleywine. Flavor initially follows with caramel malt and light and dark stone fruit, developing a mild, but interesting vinous note, to finish with fruit, slight oxidation and sherry, slightly boozy. Great medium to full bodied with pleasant carbonation, once more a bonus for a barrel aged barleywine. A nice take on this style. The ale took on a distinct, but but not intrusive vinous, sherry-like note that fit well with the otherwise good barleywine flavors. I liked this quite a bit and would get it again if it wasn't such a hit to the wallet. Nice change and variation on the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store managed to get a few of these, and they've been sitting on the shelf ever since, so I figured it was time to try it out. My first beer from To Øl, and also my first encounter with an English style barleywine.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark blood orange / ruby colored body with one finger of creamy doughy tan head hanging out on top. Some bubbles rushing topside, and lots of fine sediment twirling around the glass.

S - Smell is actually quite subdued and tame. Bit of faded hoppiness, some sweetness, burnt brown sugar, bit of funky yeast / brett maybe. Not a bad smell, just not very intense.

T - Taste is of dark candied figs, plums, raisins, & what I imagine is probably the muscat grapes. Some sweet burnt brown sugar, caramel malt, bitter hops, and a bit of alcohol heat on the finish. No funky yeast or brett is noticeable in the taste, and no noticeable effect from the barrel aging.

M - Feel is sticky & sugary. Leaves the palate feeling dry.

Overall, a nice beer, although not nearly as amazing as it should have been considering I paid $17 for this tiny bottle. I can't say how it compares to the original version, but it doesn't seem the barrel aging accomplished much, although I could be wrong. I'll just have to wait until I discover a regular version to see. A nice sipping beer, with a rewarding, well-hidden big 12.50% abv. I guess if you have money to spare, give it a shot.

To Øl Mine Is Bigger Than Yours (Muscatel Barrel Aged) ---4/5.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear brown color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Burnt sugar and some dark fruit nose and flavor is same burnt sugar, with caramel and dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Seriously expensive at $12.99 for a 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven.

From a 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Best before 20 November 2022

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Clear mahogany or rust in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the glass on the way down. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definite white wine, oak and grapes on the nose. Caramel and a light citrus note in the back. Lemon and grapefruit perhaps. Bold, interesting and enticing.

TASTE: Toffee, oak, vanilla and wood up front. White wine at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of white wine, oak, wood, caramel sweetness and some citrus notes. Very, very good.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, nice weight, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. Velvety smooth and some good weight, but a bit of a burn keeps it from perfection.

OVERALL: Excellent. Really nice. Would have loved to try the base beer, but this barrel variant is superb. Another very impressive beer from To Ol. Slowly becoming a huge fan of these guys. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a To Øl teku glass. Enjoyed on 4.23.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice dark amber color, very opaque with a cloudy layer of sediment hanging near the bottom of the glass, thick, bone colored head, about 2 fingers high rises from the beer with very nice retention yielding spotted lace. The aroma is of white wine, strong dark malts, the usual cacophony of ambers, viennas and caramels, stone fruits, leather, oak, tobacco with some light sherry from oxidation. The flavors are interesting, aged hops, mellow malts, lightly bitter, a bit of citrus peel, chewy bread hangs around well, oak, light acidity from the white wine with tobacco and leather hiding in the backdrop. The hop forward base definitely still has a presence, but the overall aging is king, very mellow and balanced flavors, well layered and melded. The mouthfeel is wonderful, super smooth, coating, gentle, low carbonation that has just a mild prickliness and an effortless finish, a touch of warmth as it goes down.

Verdict: A nice beer from To Øl, a very unique barrel treatment to a hoppy barleywine. Light oxidation is beginning to creep in but there is a nice array of flavors ranging from earthy and bitter to acidic and bright to sweet and sticky. Not a beer that I'd rush to revisit, but a beer that definitely challenged my palate and really made me think.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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A: Pours a dark clear reddish brown with a fair amount of off-white head. A lumpy film retains, and leaves solid clumps of lacing.

S: Densely sweet caramel underneath some of the floral muscat notes.

T: Sweet, but not as dense as the smell suggests. Lots of bready complexity. Finish is floral and tart, also hinting at the muscat.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very nice, very strong, and very well put together. There are some strong elements here, but they are expertly combined so that nothing is muddy or overbearing.

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Mine Is Bigger Than Yours - Muscatel Barrel Aged from To Øl
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