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Portsmouth Barleywine - Portsmouth Brewery

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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deep amber, full bodied, intensely bold beer that is made to show off the true qualities of the malts used. Flavors of figs and dates and malt sweetness predominate with enough earthiness from the hops to balance this beer.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 09-04-2007)
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2013 01:04:22 | More by DrStiffington
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-31-2013 19:17:25 | More by ajcormier
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-30-2013 14:56:51 | More by rowingbrewer
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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2013 17:15:04 | More by GraduatedCashew
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-15-2013 23:38:55 | More by rderedin
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Bicyclette

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's Decadent on a cool, damp eve...

Portsmouth has a cask of Barleywine Ale on Bourbon Oak that they're pouring from one of the downstairs casks. Personally, I am *so* partial to Bourbon finishing...

Lots of Bourbon fragrance. Lightly acidic with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Bold but not overwhelming malt. Little chocolate instead of the frequent burnt toast. Just enough hops to balance the flavor a bit.

Finish is warming, spicy and mellow at the same time.

Head was a billowy while foam with reasonable lasting power. Chestnut brown in color and nearly opaque.

On cask for maybe a couple more days... Maybe it'll still be here when it rains next.

Serving type: cask

09-13-2013 03:20:49 | More by Bicyclette
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-20-2013 00:54:04 | More by Satchboogie
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-07-2013 05:06:24 | More by mattparsons
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured an off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark ruby brown color with no clarity, but small by bubbles can be seen coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted malts, dark fruits, and booze.

Taste: Caramel, biscuity, toffee, boozy, tingly, dark fruits, some banana, and tingly hops.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, boozy, medium carbonation, and nice and warming.

Overall: Pretty solid barleywine that I have enjoyed on draft and bottles. I love stopping by here on the way through Portsmouth on the way to OOB.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:40:58 | More by Flounder57
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BPudd

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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claspada

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2008 bottle I believe from my memory; sampled Spring 2013.

Pours a deep copper color with a medium sized off white head that recedes rather rapidly to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet caramel maltiness, dark fruits (figs and dates), ripened red fruits and a slight red grape vinious note which emerges more as it warms.

The tastes begin with the same sweet caramel maltiness, ripened red fruits, toffee, brown sugar and some lingering, slightly oxidized sherry character.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Finish is farily sweet thanks to the substantial age. and a touch of bitterness to the finish.

Overall this was a very quality American Barleywine. At this point it reminds me more of an English style because of the lack of hop character but that is to be expected from the advanced age. Reminds me a great deal of an aged Alaskan Barleywine, which is great praise because I think that is the best American Barleywine on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:32:03 | More by claspada
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***2008 Vintage***

Thanks to mrretardedmonkey for this one. Used a bit to bake a sugar pie and split the rest with my wife.

Poured from a bottle (1 pint, 6oz.).

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown body with a tan head that reaches 2 fingers and holds steady.

Smell: Alcohol, malt, toffee and berries.

Taste: Sweet, toffee, dark fruits and ends in a berry fruitiness. Has a lactic finish to it that is not the best.

Mouthfeel: All right as it's smooth and a bit chewy but the body seems to have fallen apart a bit.

Overall: This beer didn't age gracefully but there are glimmers of a good beer do drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 10:23:44 | More by papat444
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Portsmouth Barleywine from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.