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Sugar & Spice - Martin House Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 27
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 32.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Michaeldmanley on 12-28-2013

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled 1/19/2014 at Craft and Growler into a Bourbon Barrel Temptress Snifter, a day later.

Appearance: No head to speak of. The beer itself is a beautiful crimson and vermilion at the base, fades to rust on the top when held to the light.

Smell: Sticky sweet tropical fruits, but not in a hoppy way. No hint of guava or anything like that, but sweet papaya and what can only be described as cherimoya (related to the paw-paw, if that helps anyone) come through strong. This is a really interesting smell I haven't smelled in beer before. I love it though. Hints of alcohol heat come through here too.

Taste: Exactly like the smell. Loads of sweet papaya and cherimoya. I can only assume this is from the piloncillo added, the brown sugar of the piloncillo has got to be contributing a lot of this. It is even a bit on the dry side, surprising because of the sugar content. A tad on the watery side, but not overwhelmingly so. Really unique flavor for a barleywine though, and I like it. Glad I have a full 64oz of it.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin for a barleywine. A nice level of carb though, on the lower side of moderate for sure. Flavor lingers in the mouth quite a while.

Overall: This was really unique, and it paid off. Kudos to the folks at Martin House for coming up with something like this. A rum barrel aged version of it would probably be fantastic if they do it right. I'd like to see this bottled/canned too. Delicious.

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Brown in appearance with lots of tan head and tons of lace. Amazingly sweet nose but subdued compared to taste. Taste is ridiculously sweet, lots of winter spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Had on tap in snifter at Smokes in Dallas paired before and after their mixed barbeque plate. Absolutely rich and heavenly.

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Sugar & Spice from Martin House Brewing Company
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