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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale10 Squared Fish Tale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 10-11-2003)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle from Main Street Party Store (Ann Arbor, MI). 12.99. Bottled 10/2011. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque burgandy chestnut with two fingers of sand hued froth. The head settles to a modest cap that leaves small splotches of lace.

Aromas of cereal grains, earth, pine, mild floral and caramel malts. There is a faint herbal bitterness but it smells rather flat.

Taste follows the nose but not in the most flattering way. Cereal, musky earth, floral herbaceous bitterness, pine bark, burnt caramel and a sharp bite of booze. The flavors seem to fight each other rather than work together and this comes across as rather disjointed.

Medium full feel with plenty of carbonation. The finish is sticky with a resinous bitter earthiness and a touch of burnt sugar.

I'm not sure how much of my lackluster experience with this brew was my fault for trying to age this bottle or if it is just a difference of opinion with the brewers. I found this to be all bitterness without the sweetness I look for in the style. There are enough options out there that I can't see myself returning to this one.

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2.23/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This was a pure and straight drain pour. The appearance was acceptable with a deep hazy mahogany with a decent off white head. The nose began the downfall. Overly malty, spoiled hops, and rotten yeast. The mouthfeel was thick but right for the style and the age of the beer. The flavor was, just like the nose, repulsive. I know this particular bottle was over a year old but given the style and the abv it should have been far better than this. Utterly undrinkable.

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750mL (1 Pt 9 fl oz) bottle into a snifter.

A: Body is a deep bronze color, with some light passing through, minimal haze. Head was barely off-white, less than one finger developed right after the pour then quickly faded into thin layer on top of the beer with a pronounced collar at the glass' edge. Some lacing.

S: Very distinct and complex nose. Scents of malty sweetness, apples, apple cider, aged leather, tobacco and black pepper come through. Aroma is multi-dimensional, no doubt due to the many hops used along with some robust yeast. Had a pleasant aged character. Not boozy in scent.

T: The nose preceded the taste well, no surprises. All of the scents were in the flavor, carried through by a very pronounced malty sweetness. The huge variety of hops used gives many different spicy and organic flavors to the beer as it passes the tongue. Malts give off flavors of chocolate, leather, tobacco, cider, apples and vanilla. Finishes with distinct pepper and herbal notes; has a sharp bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Robust, full body, with a syrupy, soft mouthfeel. It's smooth on the palate despite a pronounced bite from the carbonation. The alcohol makes this beer feel warming, definitely a winter brew.

O: Very nice example of barley wine. Not typical of the style, as it has far more hops, and in some ways tricks you into thinking it s a variation of an IPA, but the sweetness despite the huge hop load makes it clear what you are drinking. The really distinct hoppiness comes from the ten different hops varietals used to get to a 100 IBU offering; this beer definitely is 10².

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a auburn tinted brown with good head and lace patches. Typical barleywine smell of booze, barley (and other) malts, a touch of caramel/sweet malts, and a more aggressive hop profile (mostly piney and citric) b/c the extra hops in this brew. Taste is more of the same and it is well balanced for the hops they put in this sipper (seriously, I had to nurse this). The booze and heavy malts are always present, but the predominant taste and feel sensations are dry, piney hops. Not a bad thing but I will say this struck me as a beer on the DIPA/barleywine border b/c the malts and sweet notes do take a backpage to the forefronting dirty hops (yes, I just made up a word, and by dirty they are downright earthy/grassy). Finishes dry and heavy thanks to hops and lively carbonation. This was an enjoyable sipper but after awhile it was mostly a hop bomb that turned from pleasure to chore as it warmed (ABV still subtle, I'll admit).

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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle date November 2010.

A: Pours a deep woody brown with a thin light than head that quickly faded into a faint collar. Wisps of lace were left down the glass.
S: Well aged nose, that’s for sure. Musty oxidation, heavy tobacco, leather, red apples, apple cider, damp cardboard, and black pepper come through. Still fairly hoppy smelling.
T: Follows the nose but luckily the oxidization isn’t as prominent as I thought. Hops shine through with herbal, spicy, and green flavors. Malts lend notes of caramel, tobacco, milk chocolate, leather, and vanilla. The finish is peppery and herbal and the aftertaste has a solid, lingering bitterness. Drinks well.
M: Full body, thick and bitter mouthfeel, smooth with a decent bite. Low carbonation, very mild alcohol warmth.
O: Decadent and delicious. The nose told me it was past its prime but the taste definitely redeems itself. Worth checking out and worth aging. I can’t imagine how bitter this is fresh.

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10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.