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Portsmouth Barleywine - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 26
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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Photo of drseamus
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

This was a good beer, but it wasn't among the best barleywines I've had. The body was dark red with a bit of white lacing on the surface. The aroma isn't very strong at all with a slight amount of sweetness and some slight bitterness that because more apparent as the beer warmed. The flavor is pretty sweet and very malty overall with only a slight bitterness to balance. There are good caramel notes. It is a bit light bodied for a barleywine but it still fits. I'd definitely drink this again but it's not the best I've had.

drseamus, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

A wonderful beer. Poured into a tulip glass, it was a golden brown color with a medium head that dissipated quickly. Sweet, caramel/toffee aroma with a hint of malt. More malt evident in the taste, also dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in an unpleasant sense. A good mouthful, very drinkable,

lordofthewiens, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Stopped in for a Labor Day lunch with Alewife yesterday... Both scored a couple of snifters of this, enjoyed in their open-air inner courtyard patio. First recipe from new assistant-brewer Tyler, we were told by our server, Anna.

Was poured in a tulip-style glass, perhaps a 12oz fill. Color was a clear, deep chestnut/mahogany hue. Minimal carbo espied within, and the bier was topped by a thin, wispy, light tan layer of bubbles. Belgian lacing was quite nice. Very malty nose, hints at sweetness, with a solid base of caramel evident. Bier itself was silky smooth on the tongue, while the body was easily medium-plus, bordering on chewiness. A nice feel, oh yeah.

Flavors kicks off with lots of sweetness, brown-sugar like, yet not cloying at all. Caramel and toffee are right up front, too. Hoppiness is not in-your-face strong, but still easily noticeable, with rindy, piney characteristics. Hints of dark fruit waft about on the palate, and the abv is well up there. Gives me the impression of a rum-soaked fruit cake. Overall, malt is more pronounced than the hoppage, though it is a lovely combo. Scarily drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Nice job, Tyler!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Sep 04, 2007
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Portsmouth Barleywine from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.