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Syndicate No. 1 - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Syndicate No. 1Syndicate No. 1

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage Ale:
51% Old Godfather Barleywine aged 26 months
15% Black Hand Volume 1 Imperial Stout aged 13 months
14% Two Minutes to Midnight Imperial Stout aged 12 months
11% Betrayal Imperial Red Ale aged 12 months
5% Double Daddy Imperial IPA aged 12 months
3% Payback Robust Porter aged 18 months

(Beer added by: spark3148857 on 12-06-2013)
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Appearance - Nearly black. Just a bit of transparency. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Caramel. Oak. Bourbon is the most intense aroma.

Taste - Strong bourbon flavor. Caramel. Some dark roasted malts. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Lacking in richness. Boozy.

Overall - Like many other blends, it's nondescript, but flavorful. Bourbon, caramel, and chocolate.

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Pours a deep mahogany with a khaki or off white head. Aroma is of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, and a slight chocolate/coffee roasted note. Taste is bourbon up front with a caramel sweetness on the middle of the palate that takes over. Huge dark fruits pair with the caramel notes and give way to more bourbon on the back end of the palate. More sweetness with a lingering astringency/light bitterness carry over. The mouthfeel is in medium to light, not sticky or thick. Very reminiscent of the bourbon characteristics of Backwoods Bastard with more complexity from the the stout, porter, and double IPA contributors to this blend.

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A- It's darker than I would have imagined being 50% barleywine. Almost black.

S- The first notes I got where chocolate and bourbon. Coffee, smoke, leather, tobacco and a musty almost off putting funk followed. It's definitely an interesting nose that offers new layers with every sniff.

T- Huge candied sugar, dates, chocolate, a little vanilla, coconut flavors. Some booze,a tiny bit of smoke, slightly bitter on the finish.

M- The drinkability on this one is nearly perfect.

O- I like this beer a lot. I think they could improve it slightly, but overall I was really impressed. Great job by a brewery that's been around a while now.

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Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is medium beige with tan notes while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some spots of lacing. Lacing turns out to be fairly decent.

Nose- Starts off with vibrant notes of coconut which I always take as a good sign. The glass shows some raisins while the bottle has background notes of chocolate and raisins. Swirling shows a little bit of caramel and a good amount of prunes.

Taste- The coconut doesn't have the presence that it does on the nose but a nice and fairly deep chocolate comes in to replace it. Notes of raisins, cherries, and plums. Noticeable heat with some wood, mostly oak. Caramel that has some toasted qualities. Light coconut. Starts showing vanilla and toffee as well. Maybe a little too much heat. It also seems a little thin on the finish. Some types of wood other than oak. Almost some earwax bitterness. Fairly complex with good balance and integration. Good presence as well. Reminds me a bit of a lesser Bois. Good to really good beer that probably isn't worth 15 dollars. I think they should keep up with this series because I think they will end up making a pretty memorable beer if they do. This is really just a note off from being a really good to great beer. I think aging some of the beers used in the blends in Pinot Noir barrels might accomplish this. Some coffee and roasted notes start to come out with some brown sugar and molasses.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. I would prefer it to be thicker and less carbonated.

Drinkability- Some oak, some heat but nothing that is really an obstacle. Probably not worth 15 dollars but I could see it coming into its own.

Overall- Good to really good beer that I think Speakeasy should keep working at. Definitely worth a try unless 15 bucks is a bit much for you. It's not worth it but perhaps, one day, one of the releases will be.

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Syndicate No. 1 from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.