Barley's Wine - La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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3.94/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2012 Barley's Wine released at the brewery in late November 2013.
The beer was served in a tulip-shaped glass that I believe is called a Pokal.
A- The beer was a dark amber or copper color and was very opaque. The head looked very chewy, frothy and was khaki-colored.
S- Heavy piney hops hit first, then some alcohol astringency, sweet malt and caramel.
T- The beer is immediately sweet, then goes hoppy and bitter, then the caramel and toffee emerge alongside a subtle maltiness.
M- The beer has a great thick mouthfeel, a mild to moderate alcohol burn, hop bitterness at the start and a combination of alcohol and bitterness at the finish which makes for a very dry ending.
O- This beer has a lot of tasty flavors and a nice sweetness to it that is balanced out by the bitterness and intense alcohol. The alcohol can be a bit overpowering, so I'd love to try this beer after a few years of bottle-conditioning and age. Still, a tasty beer.
Serving type: on-tap
11-27-2013 18:55:24 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured from the growler into a goblet
A – Pours a deep, transparent amber with little carbonation rising to the 1-finger, off-white head. About half way down the glass, the head a myriad of tiny bubbles making intricate patterns on the surface of the beer. Unfortunately, few of these tiny bubbles stick and only a few splotches of lacing are left behind.
S – Nice bouquet of sweet figs, caramel malt and piney hops with a touch of alcohol.
T – Carmel and figs upfront. The body is very rich and bold; striking an excellent balance between a caramel malt backbone and piney American hops with flourishes of fig. Extreme sensation of piney hops as the beer passes over the tongue transitions into a fig and rum cake finish.
M – Full bodied with moderate carbonation and substantial mouth-filling creaminess. Suites the style well.
Barley’s Wine is such a potent brew that it makes finishing off the growler in an acceptable time by myself a daunting task. Glad I picked up this seasonal following my tour of the brewery as the aromas and flavors are incredibly rich and complex. The 10.8% ABV of this brew is well disguised, and only makes itself apparent in the finish. Will definitely take my growler back for a refill once I finally finish to try some of La Cumbre’s other offerings.
Serving type: growler
03-02-2012 04:09:50 | More by Bockrules
Barley's Wine from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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