10 Squared Fish Tale Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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2.93/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
07-26-2014 16:02:23 | More by ThickNStout
2.23/5 rDev -43%
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.
04-23-2014 03:46:01 | More by lochef81
3.94/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-26-2014 00:57:41 | More by Badger6
3.84/5 rDev -1.8%
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).
01-12-2014 23:48:33 | More by clayrock81
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-23-2013 05:02:08 | More by scottfrie
2.98/5 rDev -23.8%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and it's still standing. Good lacing, too.
S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. It's about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe there's even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.
T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except it's a troubling vegetal bitterness. It's overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.
M: It's actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.
O: I didn't like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I can't really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though.
09-27-2013 23:08:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Pours a hazy deep ruby/chestnut color with a thin lacing ring with lots of steady carbonation. Very viscous and sticky clear when the tulip is swirled. As the beer warms the haze completes disappears.
S - Boozy roasted caramel/toffee malt, the nose is extremely faded but this has also been sitting in my cellar for many months as well.
T - Starts with roasted caramel & toffee malt followed with a citrus (oranges & grapefruit) and some floral bitterness, and finishes with a lingering piney/citrus bitterness that's indicative of an American barley. The lingering bitterness overpowers any toasty malt that's left over on the palate and scrubs it away.
M - Heavy medium to full body and coats the mouth with some zesty citrus resin and toasted malt. Gentle pricklies on the tongue and moderately boozy creating some warming in the back of the throat.
O - This is a good barleywine worth trying, glad I have one more left and will let it sit to see how it stands the test of time. Weak nose but the taste made up for it.
09-09-2013 00:33:00 | More by jzeilinger
10 Squared Fish Tale Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.