Old Backus Barleywine - Free State Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-10-2013 04:33:31 | More by zeledonia
3.98/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
01-14-2013 03:49:43 | More by oline73
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
01-07-2013 02:01:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks Ryan! The growler fill was from a 2009 keg I believe.
A deep mahogany brown colored beer that is relatively still as it should be in my opinion. I do observe some legs. Aroma is slightly alcoholic with notes of toffee and dry fruit. Not too sweet on the taste with notes of wood and roast. Hop bitterness works well. Vanilla and even bourbon like notes although this is not aged in barrels. Medium body and low carbonation. Tastes good, kicks ass; one of the better American barleywines I have had.
10-17-2012 08:29:56 | More by tewaris
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one with us all at Stakem's Fish Fry. This growler is over a year old.
A - Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a nice one finger tall light tan head leaving thin strings of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells amazing right off the bat. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and a bit of dark fruit at the end of each sniff.
T - Starts off with a big dose of sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel, butterscotch and a bit of molasses - slowly giving way to a bit of dark fruits and some dulled hop bitterness. Very little, if any, booze is present but there is definitely a touch of oxidation in this one but, like the booze, it never gets in the way.
M - Big body with a smooth, creamy feel with moderate carbonation. The feel works extremely well with the flavors to create an easy drinking yet potent barleywine.
O - Damn, this is one fine barleywine. I have had some great barleywines in my travels but this one is one of the best. Simply awesome stuff, hope I get to try it again some day.
04-20-2012 21:01:19 | More by orangesol
Old Backus Barleywine from Free State Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.