20th Anniversary Barleywine - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 06-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased and stored cold.

Pours dark red-brown with a very durable and creamy beige head. Good lacng.

Aroma: sweet; slightly boozy, a bit fruity, and nicely bready.

Flavor: bready; raisins and other dark fruits; more obvious hops than usual for style; alcohol esters. Moderately boozy for style.

Feel: medium body and soft, medium+ carbonation. Warming

O: A slightly hoppy barleywine.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with red and amber hues and clear towards the outer edges while maintaining a slightly murky center. The head is a light tan color, creamy and creates a thick even lacing all around the glass.
Mild hops covered up by dark fruits and mild spices.
The dark fruits carry the alcohol very well, it’s also bready and the esters come out just as it hits the middle of your mouth.
This is a good example of a heavy bodied ale that just envelopes your mouth and just warms it up with alcohol.
This is my second rating for this style and so far both have been great. This ale in particular is smooth (for the amount of alcohol it has) mildly sweet and very entertaining to drink.

Photo of SHODriver
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

A: poured into a snifter to a a deep brown with some reddish hues topped by a finger of dense off white head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of piney hops with some caramel sweetness
T: taste is caramel, toffee, piney hops and a little citrus. swallow is a little alcohol, caramel and toffee
M: fairly full in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a neutral finish
O: The more I drink of it the more underwhelming this beer is. flavors are fairly soft and the hops are a little too big for an English Barleywine. There's some complexity but there are better examples out there.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This ruby-mahogany ale is sweet and malty up front, and hoppy and boozy thereafter. Nose is malt, hops and alcohol. Ends a bit dry, but this is some sipper. The sweet big malts are terrific and at times toward the candied side, never cloying, and this has a nice full mouthfeel as well, with a hop rush, a burn, and it's a bit syrupy too. If anything this a bit boozy, but if you sip it slowly as it should be, that shouldn't be a problem.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark crimson color with a moderate tan head. Fair retention and very nice lace.

Nose is caramel-coated apple with a fair amount of toast and pine/grass hops.

Taste is like a sugar-coated grapefruit with an almost chocolate/caramel malt that reminds me of a Charleston Chew. It has a strong alcohol presence right now, but I think it will smooth out nicely in a year or two. The maris otter gives it an earthy, decidedly English flair, but the hops have an American lean. Good beer, at least as good, if not better than any of the Barleywines from the DR series.

Photo of obrike
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty barleywine. Sweet, but not cloying, certainly boozy, and malty up the wazzoo! I suppose I coulda held it for a year or two, but who am I kidding. I gave it about 6 hours before I cracked it open.

Another fine job by our Houston friends at Saint Arnold.

Photo of Ford
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

This is an excellent beer. Still easy to find around Houston right now. I need to pick up another three or four bottles before it is all gone.

Just a great Barleywine... sweet in just the right ways... and just the right amount of alcohol in there.

Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, ruddy hue with a bit of haze and a thin finger of ivory foam. Not too bad at all.

Smell: hugely malty with a big sweetness and a touch of barleywine bite. Additionally, there's a little dark fruit with some raisin and date and a dash of dustiness. I quite like it.

Taste: malty, sweet and lightly prickly, with a definite alcohol presence and a nice fruitiness. There's that dusty finish and a pretty strong bitterness as well, both of which I like. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style; not too bad.

Overall: I like this beer. It's hugely malty and dusty and even bitter, but without being cloying or over-the-top (not for a barleywine, anyway).

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light tan head. No lace. Color is a ruby hued caramel brown.

Flavor profile: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, figs, cherries, and plums.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but kind of warm with some booze showing. Medium to full bodied.

Overall, I'll drink a glass of this, but I am not overly impressed. Nothing out of the ordinary. A very standard bwine in my opinion.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber with bottle cap text "Hop the World" bottled on 06/24/2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany with 1 finger of head

Smell: Toffee and bread pudding with some caramel

Taste: Malty and complex with toffee notes and some floral hop notes and bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium with lingering bitterness

Overall: This is a great barley wine that has balance with a complex malt profile. The sweetness, alcohol warmth, and hop bitterness are excellently balanced in the finish. I have several more bottles cellared to compare how this ages.

Photo of BryanCarey
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale presents a nice caramel/brown hue with a slight haze. Next, the nose takes over and it is quite pronounced, with scents of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, spice, and some wood. Foam looks good and it does hold its own for a while before settling down about halfway through a pint fill.

Tasting this beer reveals a complex taste. Flavors of caramel malt, raisin, plum, citrus, and alcohol are obvious right away. Searching a little more reveals earthy tones, some spice, a little cherry, and chocolate. The complex flavors continue to reveal themselves and the taste is best when the beer has reached a temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

This anniversary beer is an important one for the folks at Saint Arnold Brewing, for it commemorates 20 years in business as a fully functioning brewery. This beer ranks among the best I have tried from Saint Arnold and its strongest point is definitely its complexity. It’s the type of beer that you can sip on and continuously discover new and interesting flavors. I wish I had a second bomber bottle because I bet I could continue to come up with even more adjectives to describe the flavor.

For those with patience, this beer can be aged for future consumption and it will likely grow even better and more amazing over time. I don’t think I could keep my hands off of the bottles if I attempted this, so suffice it to say that this is an excellent example of an English barleywine and one I recommend trying if you can. It’s a limited release so seek it out and enjoy- the effort is easily worth it!

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber hazy color into a goblet. There was very little head and no lacing. Not sure if that is due to the goblet or not. Has a deep boozy aroma. Mainly brandy with hints of caramel. Moderate, spicy, hop bitterness with with smooth caramel flavor at the end. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Something is off with it, though. It is decent, but I wouldn't seek it out.

20th Anniversary Barleywine from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.