Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released Spring 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-23-2011)
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on March 14, 2011 (printed on label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark chestnut brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like candy sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs, cherries), bready malt, caramel, and some citrusy hops and booze. It tastes like bready malt, candy sugar, dark fruit (figs, raisins), caramel, toffee and a little bit of candied oranges. However, I think it smells better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick but it's also thin for a barleywine. Moderate carbonation. It's a solid enough brew, but there are a lot of other barleywines I like better. With that being said, it's worth trying.

Photo of kscaldef
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, deep red color with a healthy tan head, good retention

Aroma is bready with dark fruit, strawberry, toffee and candy

Good balance of biscuit malts, hop bitterness, and mild sweetness. Long hoppy finish.

Everything is really well in balance here, a very nice sipper.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, slight toasty note to the colour. Head is cream in hue, sunk to a thin film with some nice lacing left behind. More retention would be great, but it still looks very appealing.

Smells intriguing. Some light spicy notes all over that, with subtle coriander, cumin and pepper. Fruity esters hiding behind and complementing well; maybe some lime and pineapple with some English toffee malt underneath. Toasty, warming smell; very appealing again.

Taste is more toasty, particularly upfront that gets slight spice notes midway, mostly pepper with a slight nod to cloves. Finish is sadly far too sweet for me, treacly with a touch of cinnamon for an overall sticky-bun kind of flavour. Slight peppery hop note on the back is a welcome addition but it doesn't quite redeem. Not bad, and I can see others liking this a lot more, but it's just a tad syrupy overall.

Actually a bit thin in the mouth; hint of a drying pull as it goes down but otherwise yeah, slightly empty.

I can see nothing but a well-made beer in my glass, so I have to forgive it for its perceived flaws on my palate.

Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz
Bottled 3/14/11

App- The color of dirty bronze with a fair amount of highlights on the amber/brown side. A very well done two finer head with a great amount of dotted cling as well as streaks of leg.

Smell- This is a very young barleywine. I believe a year would do this good on the nose. Very medicinal alcohol with a backing malt presence. Not much in other smells.

Taste- The malts really come through on the taste of this beer. Its young as I said so it hasnt mellowed. The malt is very forward without much to balance. Its a bit harsh with ABV and a slight bitter. A little sweet as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated with a bit of a huge malt and stale fruit after taste.

Drink- A very young American Barleywine. I need another bottle to age for a year or more to see how it mellows. I think this could make a turn and be quite good. Right now a bit rough around edges and not too smooth.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited Release #4
Spring 2011
In a snifter the beer was a clear dark amber color. A small head that still left a bit of lace.
Pretty sweet aroma, sugary. Some fruit.
Even nicer taste. Still very sweet, caramel and cherries. Good hops presence, but tempered by the sweetness. Good staying power from the hops.
I thought this was an assertive beer. The Belgian influence made it very interesting.

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Cask Republic in New Haven.

Came served in a wine glass with a thick creamy head. Appeared to be off white to beige, but light was low. Beer is dark and deep with ruby tones when held in front of a candle. Again low light. The entire inside of the glass is a sheet of lace. Wonderful looking beer.

Aroma is thick with a note of cinnamon. No surprise that there are malt tones here, but I like them as they are dark and toasty without being burnt or dark roasted.

Lots of caramel, layers of malt I am enjoying this quite a bit. Bitterness fills in towards the end here and there is a lovely long almost spicy aftertaste.
This couple nicely with a touch of warmth from the abv.

Bold body, smooth and warming.

Nice beer.

Photo of Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like ripe mango and honey with grapefruit and pomegranate, and a bit of alcohol.
T: It tasted like mango and grapefruit, with honey and pomegranate and a bit of raisin and confectioners sugar. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was slightly thick and oily with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was surprisingly good! The scent and taste were fantastic, with delicious bitter and sweet character. It had nice body too, but was a bit hot, so needed to be sipped. Lovely beer, especially on the tip of my tongue. Not sure if age may help, but definitely recommended fresh. About on par with Flying Mouflan.

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown, but clear and still very translucent. Forms a small off-white head that doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing. This one looks like a glass of whiskey.

S: Fairly aromatic with lots of citrusy hops and alcoholic pungency.

T: Taste starts off with lots of caramel. Malty with a moderate sweetness. Notes of dark honey, caramel malt, and a bit of orangey citrus. Finish is rather quick for a BW coming through with a minty, piney flavor. But while the alcohol comes through quite strong on the nose, it is barely noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, but feels a bit thin for the style. Lower carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: With the restrained (for a BW) alcohol and the thinner body, this beer is much more drinkable than most BWs. However, it still offers up that typical BW flavor while adding a bit more hops to the mix.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel/ Orange brown murkiness, not much head, some spotty lace.

S - Big sweet malt is overpowering. Cooked dark fruit is there somewhat, brown sugar and some hopping.

T - Big bold, boozy front, hopped way more than the nose indicated for me at finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, fair balance that pulls to the bitter. Wish it was a little lusher on the barley side.

D - Overall, a nice drinker. I would have another.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair offering, a good young barley wine with a sugary side over the bitterness.

Presentation: Brown post recycled box with a yellow and dark grey band noting name, main characteristics and intent of the brew, as well as a general overview of the brewery, and the scope of the Reserve series. Contains a 22 oz brown capped bottle. Dark grey label with yellow framing and typography designed around the descriptive text of the brewery and this beer release. Notes that is a favorite of Kurt Widmer, Oregon pride, and limited release. Displays release date (Spring 2011), stamped bottling date (Mar1411), and Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear deep amber pour, with a short lived head that leaves a fair surface memory ring, with minimal splashes of lacing.

S - Hoppy nose with a touch of unfermented sugar… In line with soft US versions. Fruity dash with a bitter caramel edge.

T - Bitter/sweet, nice fruity notes with a sugary edge. The bitterness while firm is not that pussy and/or is intriguingly balanced by that Belgium candy sugar.

M - Medium body, medium/low carbonation with a nice light smoothness over the bitterness, dry touch on the finish.

O - A bit thin at points in a strange way but all things considered it offers a good flow.

Notes: These reserve series still need to amaze me. But all in all they offer a good quality bracket and are worth the try.

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks someone. Poured a dark reddish amber color with a nice tan head. Big hoppy aromas, pine, earth and caramel. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and went down entirely too easy for 9%. Flavors of earthy hops and caramel, with some alcohol late.

Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bomboras Grille in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish-red with a thin off-white ring and slight haze.
S - Moderately sweet and malty with a fairly pungent grapefruit and pine resin hop profile. Bit of pineapple and peach too.
T - Caramel-toffee malt heavy, with big notes of pineapple, peach, strawberry, grapefruit, and pine resin.
M - Smooth, slightly viscous and sticky, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - A pretty good beer, very unique from the addition of the Galaxy hops.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with some garnet highlights.
Aroma is caramel and biscuity malt, but also some pine and citrus hops. Do I actually smell pineapple? Appealing nose and fairly balanced and complex at the same time.
First sip reveals an average body and almost non-existant carbonation. Flavor is rich caramel malt and some toffee. I also get pine hops and citrus, again I keep thinking of pineapple as I drink the beer.
The 9.5% is only evident as the beer warms a little, otherwise very well hidden.
This is a nice complex barleywine, interesting and well balanced, and not overly hot from the booze. I would try it again.

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.