Old Backus Barleywine - Free State Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 67 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
3.4/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 64 oz. growler courtesy of kansascitytrader through AgentZero. Thanks for sharing guys!
The beer pours a fairly murky, flat brown color with a ruby miniscus and a small wisp of a tan head.
The aroma is harsh and boozy. The smell is heavy on the dark fruits and lighter on the caramel and brown sugar malt notes. Rum-soaked raisins, plums, and figs, with additional sugar and alcohol presence.
The flavor is not quite so severe. The flavor starts and stays very sweet, with a little bit more balance than I was led to believe existed from the nose. Brown sugar and toffee coat the figs, raisins, and plums, but the bready malt gets lost behind a still-intense booze and oak character. The finish is fairly boozy. It has a harsh flavor, but there could be a good beer hiding behind the rough edges.
Old Backus is very light on the carbonation and the grainy nature of the beer contributes to a fairly rough feel on the palate overall.
I have definitely smelled and tasted barleywines with very rough aromas at first that have mellowed out into beautiful beers. Unfortunately, with only the opportunity to try this one fresh, it has not had any time to develop.
Serving type: growler
02-10-2012 23:56:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2011 vintage, on-tap at the brewpub. Tasted 22 January 2013, reviewed from notes. My review is lacking a bit of detail, due to in-bar note-taking.
Pours a medium-dark reddish amber. Clear. One finger of off-white head that leaves terraces of lacing.
Smell pops with spice, hops, and smooth whiskey. Loads of spice, and a smooth, warm burn.
Taste has zip, zing, and zap. Brandy, candy, and more and more spice.
Feel is quite good. Medium body, very sticky, lasting and rounded, smoothly rising and drifting back down. More carbonation than many barleywines, and I like that.
A really tasty, spiced-up barrel-aged barleywine. The barrel is really cleanly integrated, with no obvious lines between the beer and the barrel. Happy I got the chance to try this.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2013 04:33:31 | More by zeledonia
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a small amount of off white head that goes away rather quickly.
Smell: This is really sweet and full of caramel and grain. I'm getting a lot of dark fruit along with a mild banana note.
Taste: This is a really sweet barleywine. Lots of caramel like malt. The mild banana shows up here as well. A strong dark fruit note here along with the sweetness. The finish is sweet, but there is a solid hop presence as well.
Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with a few tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I would say that the main story here is the sweetness. I'd have more if it was offered.
Serving type: growler
01-14-2013 03:49:43 | More by oline73
Old Backus Barleywine from Free State Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.