Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
Bottled March 14, 2011. Enjoyed on February 7th, 2013.
A - dark brownish amber with some orange around the edges; thin, soft, white lacing of head
S - bread, caramel, candy sugar, bright citrusy aromas
T - dark bread, caramel, faint burnt toast or charred bread, raisins, figs, bitter, some pine, some very faint citrus, alcohol
M - full bodied, warm, sticky, well carbonated
This is a really enjoyable Barleywine. It has great depth and flavor. It is hoppier than most Barleywines, but it is certainly the malty, complex beer that the style demands. I really enjoyed this beer. I wish I could find more.
02-08-2013 02:31:38 | More by tdm168
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-07-2013 10:55:15 | More by laituegonflable
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
L – Amber-brown color with a 1-finger rocky, bubbly, cream-colored head. Decent retention with some lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.
S – Caramel and toffee malts with a nice bouquet of pineapple, grapefruit, and orange hops. There’s definitely some alcohol apparent here, too, along with some subtle cherry esters. This is a really fragrant barleywine.
T – Starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee, toasted malts, cherries, and some raisins. Alcohol astringency and some medicinal phenols creep in mid-taste. The taste finishes slightly bitter with floral, citrus, and slightly herbal hops.
F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating almost oily mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and dry finish. Floral, citrus, and herbal hop bitterness lingers and blends with alcohol astringency and warmth.
O – This is a pretty good barleywine. The hops are very apparent in the aroma (with a good dose of Galaxy hops) but are somewhat drowned out in the taste until the very finish. Nevertheless, this was a tasty and big beer. It’s definitely a sipper, even more so than the 9.5% would suggest. Take your time with this one.
01-30-2013 00:30:29 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-15-2013 23:21:48 | More by srandycarter
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
11-12-2012 22:30:52 | More by bluejacket74
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Galaxy Hopped Barleywine (Spring 2011 bottle that has been aging in my cellar for over a year) opens with a bright, citrusy nose full of pine, pink grapefruit, and grapefruit rind, but this mixed with, and almost overshadowed by, a rich, malty aroma that boasts massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, including brown sugar, candy sugar, orange liqueur, lemon, cherry, watermelon Jolly Rancher, and touches of sweet pear and apple, as well as fig and date. In short, there are far more sugar-based aromas in here than should be expected of a 9.5% ABV Barleywine--even one made with Belgian candy sugar. Only slight alcoholic vapors, as well as bits of biscuit and toast crust, remind the nose that this is in fact beer. The only weakness is that it does come across as slightly oversweet, and needed slight tempering. But the overall effect is still splendid, the beer smelling more like exquisite candy than an alcoholic beverage: effervescent, complexly fruity, and begging to be sipped.
On the tongue, the beer is immediately fruity and complex, opening with a blast of orange liqueur, berry, and sweet pear, then quickly sliding into a blissful main mouthful where fig, date, plum, molasses, taffy, gooey caramel, vanilla, and nice touches of toast crust, biscuit, and toasted pecan add huge flavor and depth. Pink grapefruit and pine from the hops add further complexity. Sugars are obviously the focus here, coming across sweet and heavenly and finely nuanced, and while the beer isn’t quite as sugary as an ice wine, there are noted parallels, especially in the pronounced flavors and strengths. Later in the mouthful, as the sugars die off somewhat, a stronger toast crust and biscuit layer shines through. The aftertaste is heavier on hops than the main mouthful, slightly burning at the tongue, with enough sugars left over to still dance at the edges, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium-light to medium (likely lessened in my bottle due to aging).
Overall, this is amazing Barleywine, and a must-try for any serious fan of the style. The amount of craftsmanship that went into this beer is commendable, and the layers of flavor are intense and compelling. This is one of the few beers that truly rewards with subsequent sips, the flavors not at all diminishing with time and tastebud saturation. In fact, there are few weaknesses in here, the most noticeable one only occurring after the beer has been swallowed, when a strong alcoholic vapor remains and clogs the tastebuds. Still: this is a price I would gladly pay.
10-12-2012 19:13:06 | More by jondeelee
3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured the beer into a snifter at 50 degrees.
Appearance: A monster two finger head that is light tan and has good retention. The head is frothy and creamy, it left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a rusty brown and clarity is opaque.
Nose: A rich complex malt that is caramel and bready. The hop is slightly fruity esters, floral, and grapefruit. Other aromas raisins. earthy, hint of chocolate, resins, and alcohol.
Taste: A deep roasted complex malt that is bready, caramel, and biscuit. The hops is prevalent, with a fruity esters,floral and grapefruit. Other flavors in the beer is earth, resins, and alcohol.
The mouth feel is astringent, dry, carbonated, and warm.
Overall: The body of the beer is medium, and the finish is medium full. This beer is much different then what I expected. The hops are overwhelming verses the malt backbone. I have tried other barley-wines that were more sophisticated than this. Good barley-wine, sadly age would not have help this at all.
09-23-2012 04:50:12 | More by colts9016
3/5 rDev -22.7%
Translucent dark sunburst color. oranges and ambers fading up the glass. Thin cap.
Woody, spice, citrus, brown sugar.
Caramel and sweet toffee, a hint of pleasant alcohol, orange zest, brown sugar and rye bread like spice type of deal.
Mouthfeel is medium, same for carbonation.
Solid and average. If in a 4 or 6 pack i'd buy it now and then to have around, but in bomber it's too expensive to be worth it.
08-17-2012 05:44:22 | More by ChadQuest
Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.