Daft - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 02:43:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Dan for this awesome extra!
A. Pours a dark murky brown with a very nice finger of cream colored head. Head is tightly beaded and lacing is very good. Retention is outstanding.
S. Dark fruit, cherry, faint banana, caramel, vanilla, toffee, some light baking chocolate, and a hint of spiciness from the rye.
T. Follows the nose...stone fruit, spicy rye, caramel, some slightly resinous hops, and a little bit of chocolate. Not as complex as I'd like, but what's there is very good.
M. Mildly carbed and full bodied without being too cloying or sticky. Does come off slightly watery.
O. This is a surprisingly good barrel aged English Barleywine. Considering this style is almost exclusively dominated by shelf whales, it's impressive to see a smaller brewery take a stab and come out of it looking pretty darn good. This doesn't have quite enough body or complexity to replace Sucaba or Mother of All Storms, but it certainly doesn't get blown away by them either. It's a very good beer that is better than the sum of its parts. I'd happily drink this any time.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2013 19:01:59 | More by siege06nd
3.96/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle #922. Bottled Aug 2012.
Beer is very dark amber in colour, a deep ruby red. Small to moderately sized beige head, fades fairly quickly.
The nose readily reveals that this has been barrel-aged. Whisky, vanilla and oak are all present. However, they are not overpowering. Caramel malt, toffee and brown sugar are there as well. Green apple. Quite a sweet aroma.
Tastes pretty good, barrel noticeable but in no way dominant. Some rye whisky and oak, but a stronger focus on caramel, toffee, brown sugar and green apple. Fairly sweet, but not crazily so.
Full bodied, but a bit thin for the style and ABV. Moderate carbonation. Sweetness dries the mouth a bit.
Overall, a tasty brew, and the barrel is nicely used, but I think the base beer could be improved a bit.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2013 20:14:32 | More by jrenihan
Daft from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.