Barley Wine Ale | Schmohz Brewing Company

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Barley Wine AleBarley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Schmohz Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by EricCioe on 03-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of hdrider
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, its now almost 2018. One of the best Barleywines out right not. waayy under rated. smell.. caramel, prune, dates raisin caramel. Tatse... Caramel dark fruits, sweet but not cloying. almost perfect non barrel aged english BW..
mouth is thick good carbonation, and a finish that is surprisingly clean and leaves you wanting more of this wonderful brew

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ljc973
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brown/copper color with a two finger head. Smell was of toasty malts and dark fruits. Taste was similar, with a slight hopiness. You definitely can't tell it's 14.5%. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall, a pretty nice barley wine.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRFounder
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of K-Dog
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my Christmas eve night cap. Aged for about a year. Brownish color. Very thick and syrupy. After a year of age really couldn't tell it was 14.5 percent. Very nice barley wine. Recommended for any fan of this style. Well done.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. A bit thin considering the ABV, but the overall mouthfeel was still good. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good English barleywine style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of matt_duthie
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Held onto this one for nearly a year, I think. Minimal head and lacing, but an enticing aroma of dark fruits: raisins, plums, figs, and sweet caramel malts. Delicious and solidly English in taste compared to most American breweries' attempts at English barleywines. Totally solid, despite the $9/bottle average price here in MI. Oh well, long time since I paid that, certainly enjoyable to drink now (can still find it locally at several shops)...Honestly better than I expected or remembered from the bottle I drank fresh. Cheers.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gopens44
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rhoadester69
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TCgoalie
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. From notes back in September. Picked up at D Schulers. A darker amber pour, nice layer of light tan head. Didn't lace so much.

Aroma, Malty, bready caramel. Quite a bit of grape like fruitiness.

Taste is equally fruity. Grape, cherry, white wine. Some toffee, bread, yeast. Faintest toast and chocolate.

For the size not all that thick or sticky. Fairly warming sipper, but not overly expressive of the the 14.5%.
Nothing wrong with this one.

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Photo of GoldenChild
1.3/5  rDev -65%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Walked into this bar/brewery after i realized that they were right next door to our hotel.
Owners wife was servering the brews from behind the bar super nice lady.

I looked at the beer menu on the wall and was completely surprissed to see a barley wine on the menu. I asked for a glass and to my dismay she said ill give you a sample of it to see if you like it first.

Well that was all that it took red color, no head, sour smell, and the taste awful. a sour infected mess. I was totally bummed and felt bad for them having who knows how much of it sitting there going bad.

She said that what they had bottled was great but everything else has started to taste like that.

But they did have some other decent brews and great company. I just dont see them being around long with all the compatition

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Photo of optimistictour
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So straight up honesty here: seeing the 14.5% abv on the bottle made me even more curious than the 20.50$ price tag for a 4 pack.

I was not disappointed.

This thing looks like a strong barleywine when it's poured: thick, barely transparent darkness, a fit of head which quickly vanishes, and what can only be considered a 'textured' look.

It smells of fruits, epecially raisins, grapes, and surprisingly as advertised, plums. See also: huge malt action.

Here's where the 'see also" comes in - it's a malty sweet looming large thick monstrosity that begs and rewards a slow pace. It could be cloying if I slammed it like a thirsty banshee, but it's the spot-on point of perfection when sipped slowly.

Feel is all about the winey fruitiness which nonetheless is well cloaked behind the dark bittersweet veil of malty... awesomeness? I have no further descriptor other than admitting, yet again, this is a mountain of malt, in a good way.

So basically I'm more than doubly impressed a beer stronger than most wines impresses on the taste and mouthfeel fronts. This is probably the finest beer I've sampled from Schmohz, and a barleywine I'll recommend to anyone who's a fan of the style.

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Photo of BierFan
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin khaki colored head disappears rather quick. Very dark brown body with tiny yeast floaties in suspension. Plum, grape skin, fig, and a little bit of rum in the aroma. Very similar flavors in the taste, it's like a fig/raisin smoothie. Rich and smooth with very little indication that this beer is 14.5% alcohol. Alcohol is most noticeable in the aftertaste. Really good overall. I might never drink more than one of these in a night, but I'll probably buy more of these to cellar.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I did a little research and it looks like this was brewed in honor of their 5th anniversary in December of 2009. I bought this out of a cooler in March of 2011. Strange that no one has reviewed it before.

This pours a dark copper brown into a Delirium snifter. There is just a hint of head and no lace, with tons of sediments in the bottom. On the nose there are dark fruits, figs, raisins, and some caramel underneath the fruity notes. In the mouth those figs and other sweet pieces of the flavor linger on up front for a long while, and back on the tongue just a bare hint of alcoholic heat come through. It's a full-bodied beer with a supremely long finish, those dark fruits hanging on forever. I would never have guessed 14.5% for this one, and it went well with dinner tonight. One of the better English-style barleywines I've had, which, considering I'd never heard of the brewery and had to add the beer to the site, is saying something.

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Barley Wine Ale from Schmohz Brewing Company
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