3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thin ring that leaves some soapy lace down the glass.
S: Fruity Belgian yeast with notes of bourbon and oak. Sweet toffee, vanilla and a light grape note.
T: The oak barrels really take over in the taste. The toffee sweetness is there followed by some light bourbon notes and a tart wine note from the wine barrel. Roasted malts with a dash of cocoa.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Slightly sweet and tart on the finish.
O: Way too oak forward at this point. It's very young and I think it needs much more time. The alcohol is nicely hidden though which is nice. It is a little thin as well.
03-10-2013 15:01:10 | More by Treebs
3.49/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Poured a very dark brownish color, it was pretty hard to pick out anyother hues or highlights since it was poured/consumed in the dark next to a campfire. However, it did provide a nice tannish colored cap with decent head retention and lacing.
S: A sour oxidation like note on the nose, with some big fruits and candy notes. A little booze sting on the nostrils, It's not really overpowering or promising but it smells sweet and "fruity" so lets give it a whirl....
T: Initial tartness from some cherries, grape skins and oxidation....It's backed up by a caramel and toffee candy sugar body. Some waves of oxidation like notes appear and disappear. The finish is sweet, dry and odd with sordove a lingering tartness and booze
M: Medium body, well carbonated, easy to drink with a touch of sweetness and oxidation.
O: Not what I was expecting. Sometimes to much of a good thing can result in a mess. While this beer was not bad it was a letdown in a way. The oxidation notes on the taste smooth out after it warms and airs out.
11-25-2013 21:05:44 | More by barleywinefiend
3.59/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, malt, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that shows a better barrel aged presence in the aroma to me.
08-26-2013 16:43:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.6/5 rDev -5%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pours with a big head. Deep brown caramel. Thick collar and nice legs.
Smell - Lots of red wine character. Caramel. Yeasty. A slight acidic character.
Taste - Hint of a bright flavor. Touch of acidity. Deeper than caramel flavor. Almost milk chocolate. Red wine comes out in the middle. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel - Very chewy barleywine. Great body, despite how highly carbonated it is.
Overall - Good, but the red wine barrel doesn't blend as well as I thought it would.
06-09-2013 23:55:55 | More by Alieniloquium
3.6/5 rDev -5%
Review #3000. Figured this would be an appropriate beer for the occasion. Big thanks to Jer for the hook-up. Served in a taster pint with friends.
A - A humongous big tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacing. Very dark brown body that is verging on stout-like, with some ruby-tinged transparency at the fringes of the glass. Quite attractive, although I'm a little unsettled by the high level of carbonation.
S - Massive vinous character, with a hefty dose of oak, light vanilla, and perhaps a mild brett note that gives this a leathery and slightly coppery flavor. Initially heavy on dark fruits, nuts, but yields to phenolic yeast notes as this warms. This definitely seems more Belgian than M did, and it's extremely well-attenuated; doesn't really have the sweetness I expect from this style.
T - The taste is initially quite understated, with a mix of lightly sour and acidic red wine, oak, dates and prunes. Some notes of toffee, caramel, nuts, molasses, and chocolate emerge as the beer warms, and the taste is far less Belgian than the aroma. The malt doesn't totally integrate with the red wine notes, and there's a vaguely juicy quality as a result. Seems a bit oxidized too.
M - The feel is quite nice, with a soft carbonation, medium-full body, mildly chewy texture, and minimal alcohol heat. You really can't perceive the 13.2% ABV, and the beer goes down quite easily.
D - Not sure what to make of this beer. There are some nice qualities to it, but some odd and unexpected flavors as well. I've heard that this was rushed to bottles, and I'd concur with that sentiment. I'd also suggest this is miscast as a follow-up to M, as it's a vastly different type of beer. To me it's really more evocative of an English old ale, but aged in red wine barrels. I also think it will improve with more age, as some of the vinous character fades and the sweetness intensifies. I didn't really have a problem finishing a large portion of the bottle, but that being said, I'd rather have more Bar Fly.
04-13-2013 21:53:57 | More by MasterSki
3000 Belgian-Style Barleywine from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.