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Fisherman's Tea Party - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: pnkermiz on 12-20-2007

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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, the beer was an amber color with a thin tan head and a tiny bit of lacing. It had a caramel aroma that was a little bit on the smoky side. Taste-wise, some caramel, a little smoke, and a little bit of hops. Certainly not an aggressive barleywine, maybe more reminiscent of an English barleyqwine. Very enjoyable.

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

Served in a very hefty glass goblet!

A solid amber/red/gold color with a minimal, lacy white foam cover, minimal.

the nose has a powerful sweet, toffee malty effect, high boozy heat and sea water.

The malt is very heady, rich, comlex but mostly sweet caramel/toffee some honey rounded out with some really nice herbal, earthy notes from the hops and three different tea's!!

The feel is classic barleywine, smooth, thick, slight snap but all BIG.

This one would age very nice!!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Fourth Avenue Pub in Brooklyn. 1 August 2008. Listed as 9% abv. Visible yeast floating in the glass. Poor head retention - could be a dirty glass. Full bodied. Complex to say the least... fruit pulp, green tobacco, yeast, smoke, berries, apple, some soft melon (cantelope), plum, dark fruit skins with a very mild astringency, red grape. Apparently this was made with tea leaves, but that wasn't mentioned in the description. Knowing that, it all makes more sense. Unfortunately the alcohol stood out fairly well, and it was clearly phenolic with a plastic/band-aid like character. Not a very good beer. Maybe the cask was bad. Maybe not. It seems like it could have been something if the alcohol had been kept in check, and without the phenolic side (infection?).

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes to jstilwell for hooking me up with a growler of this one!

pours a vibrant light amber with orange and ruby highlights. A fair one-finger head slowly fades leaving a decent collar and a touch of spotty lacing down the glass. The cold growler poured a non-existent head that disappeared instantly, but as the growler warmed a bit, it poured beautifully.

aroma is interestingly unique. Caramel malt up front, backed by a myriad of complexities including smoke, wood, tar, tobacco, and peat. The tea definitely shows up as well, with some green and black tea aroma intermingle with the woody, nutty aromas. Rich and powerful.

Taste is equally unique. Rich malt up front followed by a intertwining of hops and tea that steals the show. Definite tea flavors - green, black, even jasmine show up. There's a bitterness similar to over-steeped black tea that mixes with the clean and pure hop bittering that's going on. Works nicely together. The smoke and woody nature is there in the taste as well. Some nice sweet fruit notes show up as well, giving hints of apple, orange, pineapple, plum and raisin. An interestingly complex and well balanced brew.

mouthfull is full, rich, and luscious. A nicely smooth carbonation works in and helps prevent this one from getting sickly sweet and syrupy. A touch light on the carbonation, although it works well for the nuances of this brew. Almost nears a strong cup of tea with a hint of cream, with some carbonation, of course. A true pleasure to sip on.

I was unsure about this one, but after several glasses, I'm completely sold. It's a bit lighter than many of the strong American bws, both in taste and in body. Which makes it dangerously sessionable - something not usually found in a barleywine. The tea is well done - strong but not quite overpowering. Definitely worth seeking out if you're looking for something different. One of the best takes on a barleywine I've had in a good while.

Photo of Amalak
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the tap at Barcade in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It's a caramel brown in color, completely muddy, no head or lace, though that could be due to the way the bartender poured it.
S- Malty, fruity scent.
T- It has a very complex fruitiness to it. Some caramel undertones. Full bodied. Could be better if it mellowed a little bit. If this was aged for another year or two.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color. It poured with a patch of off white bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of smoky tea in the nose—similar to what you would expect from a tea such as Lapsang Souchong.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of smoke, tea and toffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate. No alcohol warming is perceptible.
O: This is a very interesting beer to drink and the smokiness and tea flavors make it very unique compared to others in the style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoked and caramelized malts, some dark fruits and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very smoky up front along with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and some citrus. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is very mild for the style. The after-taste is sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Flavorful and decent for a smoky beer, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it's certainly different but it's not the kind of beer that I would pick again.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a thin off-white head that reduces to patches of bubbles and a ring at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of smokiness along with some grassy + earthy hops. There is a bit of underlying toffee sweetness and some hints of tea.

T: Smoked tea, toffee, and hints of the sweetness. Starts kind of toffee/caramel sweet and the the smoke and tea flavors come out and linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very interesting and unique flavor for this beer - and a very surprising flavor for this style. Similar to lapsang souchong tea with the smoke and tea flavors. Considering the three teas as ingredients in the beer, it does not disappoint and you definitely get to experience them. Very nice sipping beer and one I got a second pouring of...

Photo of jeff2486
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer today at the brewery. This was a really unique beer. It has a smoke flavor but because it comes from the tea and not from smoked malts it gives it a very subtle smoked taste instead of a typically smoked beer. I thought this gave for a really nice mouth feel and interesting aftertaste. The slight smoked flavor almost tasted like a mildly smoked cheese to me. I would actually be very interested in trying this beer with some cheese as I think it would pair very well. Definitely give this one a try if you have a chance.

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

On tap at Cambridge Common, $5.95 for a 10oz pour. Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied but seemed a little watery. Nose is tea and flavor is strong dark tea with a late hint of caramel.

Photo of smcolw
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head but it does leave an initial thick ring of lace. The liquid is solidly amber and nearly clear.

Earthy and rich malty sweetness. A little medicinal to the nose.

Very rich with a large dollop of slightly sweet pale malt. Strong band-aide flavor that I find very distracting. The swallow has an alcohol bite to it. A bit thin for the style but the low carbonation helps balance the beer.

Photo of Duhast500
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a tasting recently. Poured from the tap into a small tasting glass.

The color is a light amber yellow, with a soft white head.

The smell has aroma of a woody tobacco type smell. The tea flavor is also noticeable in the smell.

The taste is a smokey, sweet, tea type flavoring with a hint of malt and jasmine.

This beer is a very easy drinking beer even with a high ABV. at about 9% It has a little kick but it does not make so noticeable. It's a very subtle 9% ABV

My first barleywine and I was quite impressed. Cape Ann Brewing Company is also a bit new to me as well. I do suggest giving this beer a shot. It is high on my list

Photo of toastdog
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Spring Fling in Salem, MA in 2-oz sample form. Multiple tastings helped confirm first impressions.

Appearance - a hazy amber with a finger of sticky off-white head

Smell - The hook for this beer is that it's brewed with the three kinds of tea that were dumped in Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party. Suuuure. Because tea then is the same as tea now. But regardless of that, American hop and caramel malt aromas support a smokiness that comes from Lapsang Souchong and black teas. Rewards extended nosing like a whiskey.

Taste - Man, this is good. I've always thought wort tasted like tea, so this is a worthy avenue for exploration. Bitter but not overwhelming, with a sweet-tea like malt profile (for our friends in the South), with more tealike notes on the front of the tongue. The tea makes this a really innovative take on the barleywine style- the alcohol, bitterness and stickiness are balanced to a pleasant degree by the smoke and wood/floral flavors of, right... the tea. Balanced, delicious, and deceptively strong.

Mouthfeel - As a barleywine should be, this is thick and syrupy, but the tea makes the experience oddly refreshing.

Drinkability - A nice sipper. You could nose a six-ounce pour of this like a fine whiskey for an hour and not be done with the complex play of aromas and flavors. Only the second-best barleywine I've had this year, but considering that the number-one barleywine (a dryhopped version of Arquebus from Cambridge Brewing Co. in Cambridge, MA) blew my mind clean open, a damn fine brew by any measure.

Photo of taez555
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap!

A smoked American Barleywine.

I decided to order this after two Amazing Belgian Golden Ales at the Pub, and the first smell absolutely floored me.


I've never smelled smoke from a barleywine before, and I've reviewed nearly 1000 beers over the past 10 years on this website.

Really quite something and a shock.

Taste ended up being very similar to the nose. Very smoke heavy. Very reminiscent of a German Rauch beir actually. It's not a peat smoke at all. The 9% is absolutely hidden in this beer. Mouthfeel is so light I honestly thought it was maybe 6 or 7 percent, tops. Although to be fair, most barelywines are 10%+, so maybe I'm just more of a lush than most. :-)

Anyway... Grain is nice and clean. Not really any distinct malt flavors or hops. Just a nice sipping big smoked beer.

Well folks. Cape Ann continues to raise the roof with their specialty beers. I thought the Imperial Pumpkin Stout was Amazing, then the Chili Stout blew the doors off that, now with a smoked barleywine? I honestly can't understand why they don't release these smaller batches to the public. This is quite possibly the most interesting and tasty beer I've had this year.

Although I got a growler of the Tea Party for the road, I will definitely be back here often. CA's beers just keep getting better and better.

Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

The Family and I stopped by Cape Ann Brewing today after a whale watch for lunch. Alewife and I each led off with the barleywine, a 10oz pour in a slender flute for $5.50. Currently listed at 9.80% ABV, with 78 IBUs.

It was a cloudy amber colored bier, with a creamy, fine, off-white head. Lacing was quite good, though there was minimal carbo to be found. Nose had some mild caramel and a hint of smoke, with some tea slightly evident. Mouth was quite smooth, with a medium-plus body and little prickle on the tongue.

Flavor had some rauch action right off, though nothing like anything from Bamberg. It was a touch dry, with some caramel and toffee hitting the palate. Again, some subtle tea flavors wafted about. The finish had a bit of earthy, floral hopping, though the malts were more out front overall. The ABV was scarily well-hidden, too. We both enjoyed this one quite well! Prosit!

4.12/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.30 | smell: 3.95 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.15 | drinkability: 4.15


Photo of UncleRuckus
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took my father to the Cape Ann Brewing Company for father's day and selected this beer. 10 ozs, served on tap in a goblet. Medium-Low carbonation, with a nice, full body taste. It was toffee/caramel flavored with a hint of hops, it was a very interesting taste. The beer appeared to have an amberish/orange color, the taste and appearance reminded me of Unibroue Maudite. I would definitely buy this beer again, it went great with my fried haddock.

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new Cape Ann brewpub. Served in a 10 oz goblet. Dark orange color. Thin white head floats atop the body. Smell was hoppy, grassy, and earthy. The first sip really impressed me. I highly enjoyed the smoky aspect oft his beer. It's made with three types of tea, and they all impart a robust yet subtle smokiness to the flavor. You could taste the malt and the hops, but the tea made for an unexpected flavor profile. Mouthfeel was just enough thickness for the style, while I think the brewer was able to mask the abv quite well. This was a very unique spin on a barleywine and I wish it was more readily available.

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Fisherman's Tea Party from Cape Ann Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.