Bearly Barley Wine | Northwest Brewhouse and Grill

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Brewed by:
Northwest Brewhouse and Grill
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mickeymac:
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 version from a 12 oz bottle. It's a murky dark brown, with just a hint of red: one of the darkest barley wines I've encountered. The tan head foamed up a bit on pouring but disappeared quickly leaving absolutely no trace of lace and minimal carbonation. The smell is an intriguing mix of cherry, raisin, and other dark, ripe fruit. The taste is just as interesting. It's reminiscent of a vintage port and would go very well with a robust cigar. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This is a top-notch barley wine that holds its own with the best from the more well-known breweries. Thanks to RoyalT for the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is a cloudy, super-dark brown. There’s a decent head that went down slowly.

Smell – Very pungent oaky sherry aroma with a lighter malt and hop backbone.

Taste – This is well put together. The flavors aren’t monstrous, but they’re strong and harmonious. The first sip is like a kiss. The sweet, oak-filled hop bite quickly gives way to a sherry/vermouth concoction. There’s a good balancing malt base that comes next and the finish is dry like a strong cab.

Mouthfeel – Flat and tight. This is medium to full-bodied with a slight sensation of alcohol. The ABV is not on the bottle, but I’m guessing that it’s strong and well-masked.

Drinkability – This is probably the smoothest and creamiest Barley Wine that I’ve rated thus far.

Comments – This would be a good one to introduce a friend to the style. I had this from the bottle but the brewery has a brew pub in Redmond, WA, and it must be pretty darn good on tap.

Update – I cellared a 2001 and popped it just a few days before Christmas, 2004. I have a lot of cellaring experiments that have gone bad, so it’s nice to get a good one like this. Excellent!

The beer has finally opened up (after 3+ years). The fruits are big and juicy and dominated by giant cherries, some liquid raisins, and a strong tobacco flavor. The alcohol has come out of its shell and the malts have been mushed to sugar. Awesome!

The light hops from the uncellared sample are gone. The deep grapes have grown. The finishing sweetness has exploded. The time is right for this Bearly Barley Wine.

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Photo of cokes
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Murky and dark brownish pink. Explosive head formed even after a careful pour. Settled out to a substancial beige foam.
Hops hit the nose first, but are tempered with the yeasty notes and cherry tones. Malty and seductive. Very unique smelling.
Taste begins with carmel-covered dried fruit. Name one, it is probably here. Apricot..check...passion fruit..check....grape, raisin, tart chery, blueberry, raspberry, plum, fig, mango, apple, peach, pineapple, lime...check. What the and coconut can come in as well. This is not a joke. Fruitier than Peewee Herman's character in "Blow".
As was previously stated, carmel dizzles all over this. Yeasty spice and a little Belgian farmhouse must. A large vanilla contingency. Big hops, in a metallic-citrus sort of way. They help balance, but get squashed by everthing else.
Hair of the Dog-esque.
Lighter mouthfeel for a b'wine. Still chewy, but frothy at the same time.
I doubt I've ever drunk a barleywine faster than this. Ohhh man..I love it. I may need to enter therapy now that it is gone.
Totally different. Esoteric. Enigmatic.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is deep brown with ruby highlights, topped by a thick 1/2" light tan head that holds extremely well, eventually dropping to a creamy 1/8" head. Leaves an excellent full lace around the glass! The aroma displays some spicy hops up front, a dark fruity malt, and a light acidic twang. The body is medium-full with a very fine, moderate level of carbonation giving a silky smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich with sharp dark fruit (prune, plum, fig?) and a caramel-like malt backed by some earthy hops. The finish is somewhat sticky with residual malt sugars and some hop bitterness (which builds in the mouth throughout the glass). The alcohol is very well cloaked. A very unique beer. Almost Belgian in a way with the sharp dark fruit - like an oud bruin. It appears that this beer might benefit from some aging by allowing the malt & hop to meld a little bit - giving a rounder character. However, I'm not sure that the sharp note won't increase as well, although it doesn't really appear lactic at this point. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, almost cherry or mahogany in color, with a lacy tan head. Carbonation is evident but not over the top. Nice fruity aroma with some good hop backbone in there. Beer is full of rich fruit flavors with a very high malt sweetness backing everything up. Surprisingly easy to drink, something I can't say about a lot of other barleywines. Definitely something I will continue to fill growlers with.

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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twisty bottle. 2002 edition.
My previous Bear Creek brew had no head... I think this one got both of them. A mountainous stack of khaki foam occupied a good 40% of the glss during the initial pour. This compacted to a two finger head with lots of peaks and valleys and sat atop the beer like a big cream puff. The body is a dark cloudy mahogany with auburn highlights. It had a big sweet malty aroma that also carried some sugared plum. The taste is very sweet. It seems like they have bumped up the OG with some kind of Belgian candy or Turbinado sugar. More of the sugared plum and carmalized malts are present in the taste. It has a late bitterness with some oak, maple, dark red apple, raisin, and tea leaf flavor but it cannot overcome the sweetness. A bit too sugary for me which takes away from the smooth sipping experience I like in a barleywine. This could be the barleywine for doppelbock fans though.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark brown with a smallish tan/mocha head of foam. The aromas consist of citric and earthy hops as well as deeply roasted sweet/biscuity malts. The taste is very sweet, boozy, and malty with a nice kick of fresh hops. The mouthfeel is syrupy, but not *too* thick and the drinkability is nice.

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Bearly Barley Wine from Northwest Brewhouse and Grill
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 7 ratings