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Bearded Pat's Barleywine - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Great American Beer Festival Medal Winner! American style barleywine: so named because of its high, wine-like alcohol content, and the usage of American hops. Deep amber in color and full bodied, with a blend of fruitiness, maltiness and hop bitterness to balance.

89 IBU

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-09-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KG710, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

derkfromwi, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber/ruby pour (almost looks like red wine), slight ring of head.. smells of alcohol, barley, raisins, nutty, oak. upon first sip, it seems fairly easy to drink.. fruity, sweet.. as soon as you pull the glass away from your mouth you get hit by the booze.. a bit harsh but dies down real quick.. finishes with a nutty, slight charred lingering bitterness. the alcohol makes its presence in this full body barley wine with low carbonation. if it had a few more bubbles, it would do this justice.. the alcohol is a bit harsh as well, but if you can get past it, you'll see this is a pretty solid beer.

facundoCNB, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ajzy, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ADTaber, May 14, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a beer from this brewery before. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles.

Served chilled but not quite cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and excellent (4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rather dark hazy caramel-amber. Sweet jesus, there's a shitload of yeast floating around in there - to the point that it's a turnoff. That's entirely too much, especially for a barleywine. How did that much yeast make it into the bottle? I could innoculate a 5 gallon batch of homebrew with this. Seriously. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, light oxidation, rich heavy malts, biscuity yeast, toffee, a hint of butterscotch, raisin, and maybe vanilla. Rich malts are dominant. Hints of alcohol. An average strength aroma.

T: Rich malts, butterscotch, vanilla, a bit of raisin (which came off oxidized in the aroma and is strange here), biscuity yeast, toffee, and caramel. Simple for the style. Balance is off. The flavour profile just isn't that impressive. Not as complex as it needs to be. Lacks subtlety. I'm not a big fan of this one. A bit of alcohol does come through. Surprisingly bland for a barleywine. Hopping is generic floral and isn't all that expressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and viscous, approaching syrupy. Also the yeast particles give it an unpleasant texture. Thickens on the finish, a reprehensible effect. Scratchy, making me cough.

Dr: Difficult to drink due to its low quality and strange high quantity of yeast. Hides its ABV alright. Probably best on draught so all the yeast is filtered out. Boy, I wouldn't want to try this again. I'm not starting off on the right foot with this brewery. I think this bottle was $6.00; I definitely wouldn't pay that again.


kojevergas, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

This beer poured a hazy copper color with a ton of yeast swimming around in it. A massive head and high carbonation. There is a good bit of dark fruit in this beer but Raisins are the flavor that most sticks out. Smells a little like malt extract, you home brewers know what Im talking about. A hoppy barley wine, the hop presence has faded a bit and has taken on some aged hop flavors. This is a bitter beer. Drinks fairly easy for a barley wine if you can get past the bitterness. Overall its a decent barleywine.

TwelveOunces, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

pirmannt1, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

page101, Mar 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

whartontallboy, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

schoun, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Mark000, Dec 11, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Dark amber, near brown, with 1 finger tan head. Almost no lacing.

S- Toasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, some cinnamon.

T- Toasted amber malt, very slight smoke flavor in there. Also, get some dark fruit as well.

M- Full body, but not very thick. 11% hidden very well. Has a slightly dry finish.

O- Good barleywine, not great. Seems more like a English barleywine to me. Not a lot of hop presence in this beer, and has that dry finish to it.

kawilliams81, Nov 08, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Spaten Optimator mug. No bottle dating but this is definitely from this year.

A rich maple color with a head that sticks around for a couple minutes, then disappears. Surprisingly lively carbonation can be seen dancing to the top with a clear body. Ring of foam around the edges of the glass for almost the duration of the session.

Big caramel and toffee malts on the nose at first with butterscotch and alcohol behind it. A hint at earthy hops in there but not very apparent. As it warms, the alcohol and sweetness just increase.

Again, forward with confection sweetness. Caramel, butterscotch, toffee and just a little bit of hops on the tongue. Complexity is hard to distinguish at this point since the bottle is fresh but I am picking up a little red velvet cake batter. Does not deviate from the smell much at all though.

Full bodied and sticky, and low carbonation once the beer sits a minute. Can be a bit cloying at times but this can be forgiven for the style in my opinion. Drying and a sharp tingle from the alcohol, a little heat.

Great confectionery sweetness with plenty of room for aging. A solid local barleywine that I'm glad I finally got to try. I'll have to pick up a few to age.

auroracrisis, Oct 12, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky, dark caramel color color with a frothy white head filling half of the glass. It had some great head retention for the style, as well as lacing.

The aroma has a piny, resiny hop presence mixing with a sweeter, candy like, caramel flavor. I get some citrusy, bitter, grapefruit rind like flavor to it as well.

The first thing I notice in the taste is a chocolate or cocoa like presence. Again, I get a somewhat harsh, bitter, resiny, citrus rind flavor to it throughout the beer. The malty, sweet, caramel flavors are very reserved for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an interesting take on the style, but not one of the better ones. It felt a little harsh to me at times and the chocolate flavors seemed out of place. Not a bad beer, but probably not one I'd buy again.

billab914, Jul 16, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered brown,minimal head. smells like a barleywine.taste of mollasses and brown sugar and caramel. Average mouthfeel. Some hops but neither sweet nor bitter. Directionless. Not so drinkable or interesting.A shame with the high abv. Probably best young.Jon's bottle.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown, soapy head and not much lace. Smells of cherry, malt, sweet notes, slight alcohol, not as much alcohol as you would think. I believe this was about 2 years old. Taste is initially sweet, decent malt, cherry, dark fruit, slight medicinal quality, and slight grape tannins are there. Syrupy mouthfeel, thick and quite full, though something felt like it was missing. Pretty good barleywine, great slow sipper for after dinner.

peensteen, Mar 08, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured clear dark gold, with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like candied oranges, with toffee and wildflower honey and a bit of...chlorine?
T: It tasted like orange and honey and toffee, with a fair amount of alcohol. It had a mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a bit of carbonation. Nice fully body.
D: This had a great scent and taste, with the exception of that strange hint of chlorine. Solid body too, but it was quite hot so it needed to be sipped. If age could smooth out the alcohol without losing any of the other flavors, this could be exceptional. Fresh, it's just another tasty barleywine.

Pencible, Feb 28, 2011
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Bearded Pat's Barleywine from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.