Old Backus Barleywine - Free State Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev -3.5%
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 -8.3%
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
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone's place.
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a semi-sweet finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a tasty flavor.
Serving type: growler
01-07-2013 02:01:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Old Backus Barleywine from Free State Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.