Hellbender Barleywine | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 03-12-2006

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Photo of darktronica
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Winter 2016 bottling, pours a murky brown with little head or lacing. Sweet but fruity on the aroma, with black plums, brown sugar, candied orange, green tobacco, and floral hops. The flavors introduce a bit of assam tea, more prominent brown sugar, and vanilla. Velvety texture that makes this disappear dangerously quickly.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Dark burnt chestnut brown, slightly red for the body color as well. Milky out of the bottle from the pour, hitting with minimal head creation. Faint tan, small collar, and a little pit of a sheen and tanned top.

Solid aroma. Muted and small brown sugar and sense of dates. Slightly fig fruit flavored with far less sweetness than say raisins. Solid dark fruit angle on the nose.

Palate doesn't bring too many new surprises to the table. Light brown sugars, and slight molasses in flavor on the first sip. Definitely more molasses in the mid palate with a nice sticky coating. Finishes slightly warm, but also with little flavor left to ponder, leaving all the exploring in the front and middle of the palate. Hints a little bit at creamy mouthfeel but washes quickly down the throat.

A decent barleywine.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VinceMig
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a teku. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with really no head formation, just a couple large bubbles hang on the surface. A swirl produces of legs of alcohol clinging to the glass.

The aroma is malty sweet with caramel/molasses before getting fruity in nature from a combination of hops and alcohol. A bit of herbal and earthy feel towards the back of the nose.

The taste is sweet with a grainy aspect like biscuit malt. Contrasting that sweetness is an earthy herbal hop inclusion. It is fruity almost like apple and raison mixing with a mild oxidation aspect towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It has a creeping alcohol warmth and overall is well made. Not the best nor worst barleywine ive had. Worth trying if you get the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle (22oz) purchased from City Beverage (Raleigh) .

A: Body is light brown and shows a pretty strawberry hue under the light. Produces a scant white head with decent retention.
S: Caramel, brown sugar, toffee. Also a bit buttery and likely to be very sweet – not expecting much in the way of hops or alcohol at this age.
T: Has become quite fruity at this point – dates, marmalade, lots of brown sugar and a bit of stale bread. Surprisingly, still enough bitterness to cut the sweetness. Finishes with raisin bread, vanilla, pine needle bitterness and has hung onto a slight ethanol bite.
M: Medium body – a bit tannic and dry, and surprisingly, a decent amount of carbonation.

Figured it was getting risky to ignore this any longer, but if you enjoy smooth/sweet aged barleywines, this could have gone longer. Didn’t notice much in the way of oxidation and the carbonation was still adequate. Nice beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mntlover
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been holding on to this on advice from the store. Been a year or so and can't wait any longer. So into my snifter it goes.

Pours a deep dark reddish walnut color, almost the shade of my bedroom suite. Decent thumb sized tan head falls fairly fast to ringed scum with some lace here and there.

Aroma is nice sweet brown sugar coated plums, light currants rich sweet sugary caramel malts with toffee hints. Some nice hops to balance out the sweetness mostly herbal/earthy like for me.

Taste is pretty much like the nose sweet malts, not as sweet as the nose brown sugars seem on the low side. Some good dark fruit notes earthy hints toffee notes and some spicy alcohol notes that linger into the finish. Good earthy finish enough hops left to make it not cloying. But to tell the truth for an English Barleywine I could use some more free sugars floating around in this one to make it a little better.

Mouthfeel is nice smooth but adequate amount of carbonation. Body is almost full just seems a touch light for a monster of a brew like this.

Overall not bad just seems to lack a touch of oomph for a big ass malty barleywine.

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Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fills an Offero glass with a crystal clear, reddish copper (SRM 17-19). A thin, creamy ochre head immediately dissipates while thin legs rise beneath a ring of fine lacing.

Strong caramel counters faint alcohol amidst toasted malt and light candy sugar.

Hellbender is more bitter than expected from an English Barleywine. Black tea is sweet against a background of faint, toasted malt. Caramelized sugar, white bread and raisins fill out the middle before a long mild finish.

This one has a full body and velvety texture with prickly carbonation. Light alcohol warmth is less than expected in this very dry beer.

Good for sipping on a cold winter day, this one warms well while reading. This was my first taste from Pisgah after years of curiosity. I look forward to exploring more beer from this brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rickcrip76
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Hellbender Barleywine from Pisgah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 107 ratings