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Great Lakes Beard Of Zeus - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Beard Of ZeusGreat Lakes Beard Of Zeus

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very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spinrsx on 01-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a ring of tan head, spots of lacing as well. Smell is massive bourbon and oak, vanilla and caramel, brown sugar sweetness lingers throughout, a bit of coconut as well at warmer temps. Taste is of lightly sweet malts, caramel with some chocolate, oak a bourbon, marshmallow-vanilla flavours in the finish, suprisingly light alcohol considering its massive strength, bourbon-woody finish. Light-medium carbonation, full body and a bit sticky. Quite good now even so far before it's recomended "best after" date, the alcohol goes largely undetected and the bomber was handeled quite easily, could see some benefit coming from a bit of time on this one, has the overall feel of a less good BA 4D.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugars is well balanced against the vanilla from the bourbon. Taste is a complex mix of caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak and bourbon with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Very solid barleywine with nice barrel-again characteristics to hide some of the rough edges. My only complaint would be the amount of residual sugars.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $10

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, dark fruits, leather, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, butterscotch/caramel, and dark fruits. There is also some vanilla and quite a bit of boozey heat.

Overall - I know it says to wait on the bottle, but I am really enjoying this now. I love barley wines and I love barrel aged stuff, so this is right up my alley. I need to get more to tuck away

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jrenihan
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best after December 31, 2014. I will not wait that long until trying it. If it actually is best after then, wait before releasing it!

Beer is dark brown in colour, with a small beige head. Head fades quickly but not totally, leaving a rim.

Nose is nice, a mix of bourbon and sweet, bready malts. Vanilla is strong.

Taste-wise, the beer is quite hot. Not sure if it needs a year to calm down as suggested, but that is the brewer's concern. Bourbon, vanilla, oak and some bready malts. A mix of sweet and booze. The oak gives a toasted flavour, a bit like burnt caramel.

Full bodied and heavy. Medium carbonation. Very hot.

Overall, decent but too extreme. Perhaps it will be better in a year but I doubt it will calm down enough to be first rate.

Photo of andrenaline
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 24/6/14, thanks liamt07 for sending the bottle

A deep maroon liquid when held to the light, a thumbs width of tan foam falls after a few sips leaving no lace, some legs trying to form, about what I expected from 13%

S burnt brown sugar. vanilla, lots of bourbon and a little bit of barrel, nutty, dark bread, lots of raisins, some dark fruit I can't place, dark toffee and more bourbon, a hint of unburnt tobacco, and the booze is well hidden, smells amazing

T more booze, bourbons still strong, much more barrel then then nose, a little coco I didn't smell, rum raisin cake, tastes good the nose easily takes it

M I expected it to be a little thicker but still far from thin, some heat hitting the chest, just a little sticky on the lips, some tannins, bourbon barrel lingers on the finish

O I had my nose buried in this one for a while, drinkable for 13%, lots of bourbon barrel and that suits me fine, I wish I had another to age as time would treat this well

this one could go for years, I couldn't wait until the best after date to try it but it certainly wouldn't have done it any harm. I loved the nose and its not lacking elsewhere, one of those beers I want to drink freshly bottled and 5 years down the road.

Photo of tbeckett
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Great Lakes Beard Of Zeus from Great Lakes Brewery
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