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Old 320 Barleywine | Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

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Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Maestro on 02-21-2005

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of mush
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcrossan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of glid02
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a muddy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of buttery caramel malts with good amounts of medium and dark fruits - golden raisins and plums. Also present are good amounts of darker chocolate and roasted malt aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors with good amounts of diacetyl kick things off. The fruit flavors are less intense than the smell intimates, with only mild amounts of dried plums and golden raisins. Near the end of the sip very dry roasted malt flavors enter into things and carry through to a sollidy bitter ending. Char and roasted malt flavors linger on the palate after the sip.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of this beer - the buttery flavors weren't overpowering but were still unwelcome and the roasted malt flavors seemed out of place. I could see some people being a fan of this unique beer so it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty mahogany in a snifter during Atlanta Beer Week. Almond colored head. Smell of fig & raisin with a touch of honey.
Piney & citrus hops up front. Molasses, fig, raisin and finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor. More bitter and hoppy than sweet and syrupy like some of this style. Very drinkable

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

Color is a nice clear reddish-brown. Aroma is strong and malty, not complex but promising. Flavor is strongly malty with quite an alcohol bite - typical of a barleywine - and a hint of caramel or toffee. Texture is smooth but a little edgy, and it goes down with a hint of liquid fire.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark brown body with a thin, wispy beige head.

Smell: Muddled aroma of various notes - dark caramel, citrus, pine, and even a pinch of roast.

Taste: Earthy, soil-strewn dark caramel flavor with, well, not much sweetness. Citrusy, piney hops with a moderate bitterness that lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those beers that is only a barleywine by name alone.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal still on tap in the late winter. 9% abv. Some body, some hops, sourish finish. Not a bad one. Caramel and Lots of cane sugar to make it drinkable and give it some unique but not necessarily interesting flavour as well. West Coast influence is presence of hops throughout.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Max "Old 320"
My tasting notes indicate: "sweet, brown, tastes of toffee, casks; musty sweet, fun! whisky? citrus hints? molasses?"

This seasonal was the highlight of the day. The bartender who served me didn't know the style off hand (?), and I guessed it at an interesting... imperial brown? Or maybe a strong abbey brown ale, but without Belgian yeasts, if that makes any sense at all?

In any case, it was delicious. Nose is somewhat muted (it was served quite cold), but hinted at complex sweetness.

Appearance is a musty, unfiltered, semidark brown, suggesting a strong unfiltered porter.

First taste is sweet, strong, with notes of fig, toffee, casks, and a powerful musty sweetness. The mustiness/sweetness carries all the way through, with various flavor hints the whole time. It's a roller coaster of a beer. The mouthfeel is very nice and full, slightly sweet, but not uncomplicated.

The finish sticks around with complex fruit/cane sugary tastes, high alcohol is clearly present with a tiny burn.

Summary: it's really not a typical barleywine style (indeed, neither the bartender nor I knew it was a barleywine, until I came to BA and saw it described as such.) nevertheless, it's a very tasty, unique beer, of rare strength and complexity for the South, and I would definitely order it again.

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Photo of Maestro
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a tan head with lots of lacing. The color of the beer is red. The nose proclaims a malty sweetness with noticable hops. The taste is a great balnce of malt and hops. Usually a barley wine is all malt, but this baby has hops. The only drawback is an odd sour apple aftertaste. This may be due to too much cane sugar in the wort. Just a guess. The mouthfeel leans toward dryness, as a result of the hops. Drinkabliity is good, but beware the high alcohol.

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Old 320 Barleywine from Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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