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Daft - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 66
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DCon on 02-19-2012

Our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing ‘rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots’. This particular ‘aged-one’ is a barley-wine ale that rested for a few months in a rye whiskey barrel, imparting it with some not so subtle notes of spicy rye, oak and sweet caramel. As you enjoy this complex and potent beer, please heed those words of advice – “Imbibe with care, lest you be a Daft fool!”

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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16oz brown pop top Euro-style bottle. Nice label, including barreling and bottling dates. I think (if I remember correctly) that this was around $8-9 bucks. Into my Duvel tulip. Drinking this tonight to commemorate my leave of absence (and possible departure) from my PhD program. Served between cellar and room temperature.

Appearance: Ruddy red amber brew, with a nice ivory cap that shows good sticking power. Probably would be a bit brighter if I'd kept all of the sediment in the bottle. All in all, not a bad looking English barleywine.

Smell: Immediately I get notes of lightly-toasted pecans (awesome aroma) with a bit of earthy/musty green apple as well. Some buttery praline sweetness as well. The booze is pretty well hidden here, with just a hint peeking through. Overall, not immensely complex, but pleasant; a little like a caramel apple.

Taste: The booze certainly comes across more on the palate than in the aromas, but it's not quiiiite hot. The barrel character is still pretty forward here, with light notes of charred wood and fruity, spicy alcohol. Notes of pecan praline and just a hint of apple as well. This is pretty good now, but I feel like I should have probably let it sit for the year that I had originally planned (cracking this tonight was kind of a spur of the moment decision) when the flavors can fight their way past the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and fairly smooth

Overall: This is one that, with some time, shows real promise. Like I said, I was planning to keep it for a year or so (at least until next fall) but tonight it seemed a perfect choice, as I'm second guessing whether I might be a bit 'daft' myself for leaving the program and...well...it's around 20 degrees outside with 50mph gusts and swirling snow: perfect weather for an English barleywine. In the end, this is decent beer now; I have little doubt that, with time, the nutty, caramelly flavors might push forward past the alcohol to assert themselves more forcefully, and the whole thing might come together a bit better. If you see it and like the style, grab a bottle. For the time being, I'd rate it around an 85: a solid B. However, I think it's likely to improve in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gary63
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very hazy muddy brown with a bit of light peeking in at the edges. Small tan head that fades immediately. A bit of lacing.

Aroma features lots of toffee/caramel, rye and a little bit of whisky. Maybe some brown sugar too. Fairly sweet smell.

Similar flavors as the aroma although not as sweet as I feared it may be. There is the typical caramel/toffee maltiness up front, but the oak and rye really takes over to balance that out and then some. Not terribly boozy although there is a slight kick, however the rye spiciness is high. A little more vanilla as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is a touch short of full bodied, but not too thin. Medium-low carbonation really lets the rye shine. Not cloying at all even after warmed.

First I've had from this newish brewery and looking forward to more. Compares pretty well with BA Hi-Fi although just shy of that level. Fans of rye will be enamored with this one and it was a very tasty unexpected treat.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlee185
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, muddy brown color with a small amount of khaki head that fades slowly to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin quite barrel forward. Lots of toffee, rye, sweet caramel maltiness and more oaky rye. As it warms I get some dark fruit, with emerging hints of raisin and molasses.

The tastes follow the nose with sweet caramel and toffee maltiness that leads into copious amount of rye and oak barrel. Not boozy surpisingly but loaded with rye barrel flavors, slighly spicy in the finish. As it warms you get some solid flavors of vanilla and sweet dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet, chewy with just enough of a drying rye/oak spiciness to counter the sweet caramel maltiness.

Overall this was a surprising treat. I enjoy the lower ABV compared to most BA beers and I also am a fan of Rye so the smaller base beer allowed the rye flavors to really shine. This is my second beer from Urban Chestnut and I believe their first BA offering but I haven't had a bad beer yet. Really drinkable for a BA Barleywine and a nice nightcap for an evening for sure.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, slight hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, yeast, slight wheat, and a hint of hop. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for $5.50. Tapped from the Wooden Handle w/ DAFT labeled on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Tons of malt and caramel in the aroma. Not much hop present but a slight booziness comes in at the end of the drink.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has great retention! Has the darkest caramel colored body and quite a bit of depth. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor is very subtle with tons of caramel and malt once again. A light hop flavor is found and finishes with a light bitterness level. Not very strong for a barleywine...

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and leaves tons of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- For a 9.2% Barleywine, it can really fool you! Very drinkable and had a ton of caramel and malt. Wish there was more of the richness and/or oaky flavors that I usually enjoy. If available, order this one as your 2nd or 3rd one of the night.

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Daft from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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