Down Deeperer - Arbor Ales
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2014. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a black barley wine, it is a follow-up brew to Arbor's previous effort 'Down Deeper' (A DIPA for a CAMRGB fest). With an ABV of 12% it sounds insane....
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears black in the glass. Yields a small head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of sweet, boozy malt with notes of pine resin, brown sugar/molasses, caramel, mild roasted grain, faint chocolate and a hint of vanilla. A major alcoholic hit in the background - warms your cockles.
Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a hoppy character and a spicy bitter finish. Notes of brown sugar/molasses, caramel, dried fruit, pine resin, cake, roasted malt, mild burnt grain, vanilla, spice, faint chocolate and stewed hops. Pretty sweet and slightly cloying. Very boozy; a significant alcoholic note in the background, followed by a lingering bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with tingly hop oils and low carbonation. Nice thick body that suits the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter pine resin, fruity malt and booze.
An interesting stab at the style - you don't see many barleywines on the shelves. Having said that, this doesn't completely win me over. It just seems too sweet and boozy; it needs to be more balanced with a mellower character. The pine and general fruitiness are good, but the dark malt is a tad harsh. I suppose the missing ingredient is time - get one of these and cellar it for a few years. Not bad now, but will probably improve with age.
04-22-2013 01:10:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
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