Sugar & Spice - Martin House Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by WTKeene:
4.36/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
01-21-2014 02:48:16 | More by WTKeene
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
A: 50% clarity, little head and a brown/amber color
S: fall spice blend, brown sugar and an urn identified alcohol
T: does its' name justice. Vanilla, clove, oak, bitter coffee, alcohol sweetness
O: amazingly drinkable and rich beer. Definitely a savory ale but as someone that does not like sweets I enjoyed this a lot and recommend to new beer drinkers
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2014 21:56:24 | More by SavvyStudent
Sugar & Spice from Martin House Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.