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Daft - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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!”

12 IBU
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EBW. Aged on barrels, thank god, because this style is just rotten times five if it's not barrel aged.

Pours a little opaque and a little limp. Nice haziness to it, though.

Smells excellent. Big vanilla, giant barley, and raw sour back end.

Tastes nearly as excellent as it smells. Little bit of a neat mustard node on the back end, and while I can see that turning people off frankly I'm just happy to see something new on a gigantic beer. The middles tastes of almonds and there's not hint of booziness at all. Quite nice.

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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.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Served in duvel goblet, released 9/25/12, consumed @ room temp on 9/26/12

NOTE: this is the version of Daft was aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels and has an ABV of 10%

A - full bottle poor lead to and inch of light tan head. Dark brown with redish hues

S - Spicy toffee, subtle dark fruits and of course Whiskey! Slight butterscotch but as of now the rye whisky seems to cover most of everything.

T - Though different, the level of taste complexity reminds me of when I drink Founders Backwoods Bastard fresh. The taste at this point mimics the nose, toffee with a kick of spice due to the aging in rye whiskey barrels. I am enjoying the beer but cannot wait to drink after it has had some time to bottle condition. This is one of the more unique tastes I have gotten from drinking a beer that has been aged in Rye barrels, the spice is very prevalent.

M - smooth, with time it will improve

O - Its a great beer... if you live in St. Louis and are lucky enough to snag a few bottles I suggest it. I plan on going to the store tomorrow and grabbing at least 2 more if they are there. BUT ... if you are able to pick up the Rye Whiskey aged version do your self a favor and age it for at least 4-6 months. I have a feeling it will be exponentially better at that point in time.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Daft from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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