Daft - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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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.