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Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 34
Photo of Keene
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium to dark amber in color with a high degree of clarity and an off-white head. Perhaps a shade light for the style, but in the ballpark. Sweet and malty on the nose with a hint of candied walnuts, poached pears and cherry skin. Not too assertive. This beer throws some alcohol heat as it warms, too. Full bodied and somewhat creamy on the palate, Antares has brewed a Barleywine that brings the bitter in a big way. Throughout the sip its herbal, earthy and borderline harsh bitterness dominates, drowning out the malt character and lingering into the semi-dry finish. The intent is there overall, but the result is a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color with a thick head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Fruity and caramely aroma, a bit light for the style though.
Hoppy flavor with notes of red fruits, grass, spice tobacco, caramels, cinnamon, husk, green apples and pears. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels bitter than its 50 IBUs.
Medium towards full body with relatively good carbonation. It is really hard to believe that it has a 10% abv.
Not that I care, but this is somewhat different from style or very unique, being hoppier and easier to drink. Let's say it is inspire on Barley Wines, though it has their alcohol punch which is superbly hidden, but it is also bold on hops, therefore sure getting closer to US counterparties. You know what? I like it.

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Photo of fede_glodo
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a nice Barley Wine. Very malty and whith fresh and persistent sweet and fruity aroma, light body and not heavy foam. In mouth it is very strong, you can really note a high IBU (50) the end leaves a caramel flavor.
i drunk it with a delicious plate of spaghetti and swits perfect!

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Photo of Tebuken
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper colored with a deep turbidity, its foam is consistent leaving good laces.

S - Hoppy and fruity smell ,very nice bouquet.

T - Strong flavored, bitterness overpowers maltiness but is a very smooth beer taste, it shows its alcohol at the end of the sip(10 %).

M - Very good body, it has a nice mouth feel,vey smooth.I think carbonation is in the right place raising a strong and nice beer taste.

O - Excellent, a very enjoyable beer

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint at the brew pub 19/8/11

A golden liquid with just a few bubbles feeding a fast falling thin film that somehow leaves a fair bit of lace

S hoppy honey with a little booze but well concealed for 10%

T a little sweet with lots of caramel and hops, a little fruity and again hard too believe this is as strong as it is

M fairly thick with enough carbonation to cream it up a bit, just a little heat and a lingering aftertaste and slightly sticky on the lips

O decent for a fresh BW but I could see this turning to a malty mess after some time but right now Its pretty good

I was tempted to buy a bottle to share back home but I don't want too carry it across the globe, worth trying but not worth the weight in my backpack

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Photo of Nrod
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an argentinian microbrewery, from the city of Mar del Plata. Now-a-days you can find it in almost all the major cities in Argentina.

It has a bronze colour, it`s a strong and malty beer, with an intense fruity flavour coming from de yeast. It also has a nice white head.

One of the best Antares beers.

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Photo of mcbiydw2
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in an Antares bar in Mendoza, Argentina.

Appearance is orangey gold, with a good lasting white head.

Smells of alcohol understandably, strong notes of pear drops, bananas and apricots.

Rich, complex body with great raisin aftertaste. Only complaint is that it fades to a slight metallic edge.

For it´s strength it´s suprisingly drinkable although definitely one for sipping after dinner.

I would definitely buy this if I found it back home.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL courtesy of RB's own kp. Pours deep gold with copper core and tall off white head. The aroma is a bit spicy and mixes with the additional notes of apricot and mildly musty sweet malts. The taste begins with slick sweet malts and sweet apricots. It then gets a bit more fruity with apricot skin and apple skin tartness mixing with plenty of malty and fruity sweetness. The hops seem to show up with some late addition to the boil spice hop flavor and a dash of earthiness.

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Photo of hopdog
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium orangish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas dirt, earthy, and caramel. Just all around 'dirty'. Tastes of the same dirtiness, caramel, and citrus. I just couldn't get around that dirt which detracted from the overall enjoyment of this one!

Notes from 12/16/07

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Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from South America:

Pours golden (light, especially for the style), with a thin white head that has a nice retention (esp. for abv/style). Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain, honey, a vague fruitiness (green apple?), slightly musty. There is an odd "macro-ish" smell about it, though subtle.

The taste is boozy, husky, grainy, herbal/metallic. Raw-ish. Apple-like fruitiness mixes in. It has a dry aspirin-like finish.

Light-bodied for the style, though not watery and has enough to it to be a bit coating and lingers a bit. It has a kick to it.

An odd barleywine. Harsh, astringent, yet goes down - almost too easily. I know that that sounds contradictory. Let's say it does the latter despite characteristics of the former. Lacks the full-bodiedness, deep complexity and that "certain something"...Too grainy to boot. Not what I would look for in a good barleywine.

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Photo of bark
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is hazy deep orange-gold. The finger thick head is white and compact. Some lacing.

The smell is fresh with saccharine-sweet malt, some bitter-sour notes, hints of green apples and dough. There is some alcohol in the background.

The taste is malty with notes of alcohol, yeast and matured apples. Lots of fruity and chemical esters: Apples, apricots, kiwi fruits, sweet citric fruits, bitter almonds, vanilla and caramel. The aftertaste brings a pleasant mild bitterness, lots of sweet malt and fruity flavours. Alcohol is present in the finish.

The carbonation is very mild with small bubbles. The liquid is thick, very smooth and a bit sticky.

An OK barleywine with some extra bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, orangeish-hued body with a small, white head.

Smell: Middling caramel malt aroma with notes of soil, chicken broth, and orange essence.

Taste: Caramel malts with some sugary sweetness. Dash of curaçao. Earthy chicken broth. Alcoholic, antiseptic finish. Hmm.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (at best). Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacks the depth and complexity (among other things) one looks for in a barleywine. More barelywine than barleywine.

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Photo of rdickey
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Source: 750 ml capped bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy orange; half-finger head on a decently rough pour into my Chimay goblet. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom, but no significant lacing.

Smell: Sweet and syrupy, just like you’d expect from a barlywine, but there’s other stuff going on; am I the only one who gets a whiff of nuts?

Taste: Very sweet as the syrup from the nose hits you, but then the hop bitterness shows up very quickly; looks like there’s been more than a little U.S. influence south of the border, and the folks at Smuttynose better check to see if someone’s stolen their IPA hops. As it warms it balances out quite a bit. In fact, as I edit this review, I’d recommend that folks let this sit for five minutes or so before tasting.

Mouthfeel: Good, although it’s hard to get away from the fundamental density of the style and the 10% ABV muscle. As mentioned above, though, if you let it warm a bit it mellows (and some aging would probably do it wonders).

Drinkability: What you’d expect for a good barleywine; it goes great if you drink it very slowly, but you don’t want to drink it quickly. If you’re patient and let it warm a bit I think it gets exponentially better. I’m looking forward to checking in with one of these bottles next year.

I’m not a prolific reviewer, but I believe this is the first review I’ve written since Michael Jackson’s passing. I know that this is not precisely the forum (although perhaps in some ways it is), but I’d like to echo what many have said more eloquently than I, which is that Michael was, and remains, an inspiration for learning about beer and, frankly, for living life, and will be sorely missed. It’s odd, but I wouldn’t feel natural referring to other Michaels of this age (e.g., Jordan, Jackson) by their first name, but this Michael seems a kindred spirit. Cheers, Michael.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Joined the RBC, and this is my first selection, so I am excited to be reviewing a beer only one guy has reviewed so far. Label shows South America with Argentina highlighted, under the heading "Cerveza Artesanal."

Pours a cloudy gold into my tasting snifter - looks like a lot of chill haze; indeed, this is clearing up. Not much head, but a few sheets of ultra-thin foam line the glass.

Smell - well, this is interesting, my first impression is that it smells like a crisp pilsner with several shots of SN Bigfoot poured in. A fruity alcohol is definitely a part of this nose; big fusel and ester fumes, also a little of what seems to me like a cob of corn on the grill. Vegetal tobacco seems all over the place. As it warms, there's something a little unusual about this, though I'm hard-pressed to describe it. I think that I like it, though I'm having a difficult time discerning what it is. It's almost like a general "BBQ" smell - ribs, cornbread and collard greens all rolled into one.

Taste - first sip, wow, who let the hops out. Initial massive grapefruit-concentrate Cascade hit lets you know that this is an American-style barleywine. The bitterness hits up front, then finishes fairly sweet with a bit of sweet corn, but not sticky. The alcohol is not shy.

Mouthfeel is good - not overly carbonated, helps that 10% ABV slide down. Seems a little hop-oily, almost like a double IPA.

Drinkability - the next snifter-ful is going to have to wait until the evening, as I've sealed this up. 750 ml is going to be too much for me alone. It's not very dry, pretty stinkin' big, and multi-faceted...a little rough around the edges and a challenging brew by my reckoning, but not one without its rewards. Some age should smooth it out. A challenging and interesting barleywine. Fun to sip, tough to finish in one sitting.

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Photo of beerking1
2.2/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale amber, with a slight head. Aroma is fusels, esters, and some phenols, with some subtle malt background. Flavor is overly bitter, from the phenols, and perhaps tannins, not from hops. It is not a pleasant bitterness. Body is a little thin, as one would expect for a beer with this much phenols. Unfortunately, this is the first beer from the MJ Rare Beer Club that I can’t say was great.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the least exciting offering so far from this distant brewpub. Light copper-amber in colour with an extremely thin head that disappears almost instantly and leaves a thin film on the top.

The scent is reminscent of a sweet, winey pale ale but not a barley wine. It borders on barley wine but there is not enough of a malt body to make it come off as a true BW.

Light, watery malt taste. Plum, vanilla hints but they are muted. A bit too much carbonation. Yet, the lightness of this seems to work in its favour for drinkability.

This is sort of a barleywine lite...good for someone just getting into the style, but I can get bigger offerings much closer to home!

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Photo of canucklehead
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well made barleywine with the volume turned down which is sadly an attribute not noted in the style. I tasted the fruit notes and the Thomas Hardy like sherry notes but they seemed subdued and in the background. I like where this brewery is going but they need to pump up the volume in their bigger beers

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Photo of Pepeton
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of a co-worker that had a vacation in South Argentina at a sky resort. Brought me 6 bottles; 3 Barley Wines and 3 Russian Imperial Stouts.

This is a tough call for me because it's my first barley wine ever. Argentinian, to be precise.

Don't dismiss me just like that. I made my homework and read reviews as well as descriptions on the style.

This Argentinian ale comes from a brewery founded by three friends from a city called Mar de Plata and in the label they state that they want to rescue the true brewing tradition. I have tried two other beers from them, and have one more in the line-up.

As far as I know their brewing, they deserve nothing by respect since Argentina is a well known wine producer. To install such a business in a country more prone to wine drinking takes more than entrepreneur skills and money. It takes a lot of courage and desire to work hard to accomplish you goals.

Now, let me proceed to the beer:

Pours a bronze golden, with a little and matching head; little lacing, but the inner walls of the glass bears an unequivocal coating.

Smell is malty, sweet ripe fruits and, of course, some alcohol is present. This one has 10% ABV.

Taste is brutal, for my standards at least. By no means this ale is balanced: It begins with an intense malt flavors and has a harsh finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost oily, bitter at the end.

Drinkability? Well, with a 10% ABV this baby isn't a session beer. But I'll have it again and again, if I ever can put my hands on another one.

This Barley Wine, as well as the first two beers I had before, proves me again that Latin American brewing isn't confined to watery beers nor mild renditions of already mild styles.


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