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Bernese Barleywine Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Bernese Barleywine AleBernese Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Shankopotamus on 06-15-2013

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Greg_ehr
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wexmary
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Barley Wine Ales and I really love this one. As many reviewers say, it is a complex ale. Very true.

With a big ale like this, it can be very difficult to keep the various flavors packed together. But that is what makes this such a good ale. There is such a nice balance in it, the 10.5% abv does not overwhelm the ale. Just excellent craft.

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Photo of travelguy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear and sultry orange even though ti claims to be unfiltered. A creamy but thinner tan head of foam that fell lovely and clinging . Left spots and legs. Bubbles can be seen on the rise. More coppery in indirect light. Nose is hoppy. First you get a good whiff of spice and then lemon. lemon turns to orange as this warms and shows me orange zest. Floral permeates the nose and is the succulent part of these hops. Brown sugar. I like that at first I do not smell caramel , only brown sugar. That to me is crisp. Breaddy rich and sweet cake like malt. As the beer warms you will notice a scent called treacle. This is not something you can attribute to hops. I don't know what makes this scent but it seems to be just this sweet scent that has nothing to it other than sweetness.

Drinks wonderfully with peppery hops on a very graceful malt. Smooth and leaves just a little warmth as it finishes. The alcohol bitters the finish as much as the hops and I think that is well done. It does not finish syrupy or overly sweet but it is not exactly dry. It tastes a bit like candy with plenty of orange and orange peel. At the very end it seems to give a bit of pith from that orange. Then the hop bitter comes to really finish it malty. Piney and also reminds me of tree bark. As this comes up to temperature you taste a bit of dark malt flavor like cocoa or earth.

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Photo of Muss42
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J10Jordan
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bernese Barleywine Ale brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. This Barleywine pours out a nice deep brown amber color with a small white head. I really like the copper color to this brew. The ABV of this brew is at 10.50% You pick up on roasted grians and malts in the smell of this brew. There is also a fair amount of hops in the smell. The look and smell of this brew is very inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold and rich with flavors. You first pick up on the hops in this brew. Then the roasted grians and malts. There is a lot going on in Bernese Barleywine Ale . This brew also has some nice lacing to it. Bernese Barleywine Ale has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I really like the bold roasted flavors in this brew. The mouth feel of this barleywine is Rich,Bold, Hoppy, And Refreshing. This is a brew you have with a nice dinner . It is a fine drinking brew. Overall I'm giving Bernese Barleywine Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. If you enjoy roasted and hoppy brews look this one up. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bernese Barleywine Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a Belgian chalice, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a translucent dark brown amber body.

I smell big, upfront malts, candied apricots, and mild booziness.

Tastes like deeper and bolder malts than in the smell, a tad bit of citrus hops, and mild booze.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation and tolerable booze warmth.

I'll give Bernese Barleywine Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company an overall rating of a 4.5. I'd like to age a bottle&see how it turns out.

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Photo of tommy5
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbattey
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. no freshness dating could be detected, but im gonna guess not too old due to heavy hop presence. date your bottles TD!

looks very nice on the pour, warm brown with burgundy tones. decent head to begin with with diminished to a good ring with a faint covering. no real lacing to speak of.

aroma is all about the sweet malts. some toffee, no booze which is surprising considering the 10.5 abv.

sweet malty flavors are up front. then hop bite comes at the end, along with a slightly sweet wash. pretty interesting sequence.

feel is medium with a hop finish.

overall, and i freely admit to preferring English Barleywines, this is pretty okay example of the american style.

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

Not too sweet. Nice malt flavor. Reminds me of Salvator. Definitely a beer to nurse slowly. If you pound these you will pay dearly.

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a medium-to-dark brown body, somewhat murky in appearance, with a very slim, off-white head. Modest lacing.

Smell: Bernese is big on the toast (bread and grains, maybe grainy breads), as well as bold on the sweet-smelling caramel and toffee. Studded with fragrant dried orange peel and raisins. Splashed lovingly with alcohol.

Taste: A big boatload of caramel and heavily toasted breads and grains with a thin, thin edge of roastiness. Splash of toffee liqueur for a bit of belly-warming heat turns to fruity touches of macerated raisins as well as some tangy, bitterish orange rind backed by lightly resiny, leafy hops with moderate bitterness aided by the booze. Fairly warming, caramelly, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While not the tightest, best BW around and a little rough around the edges, it's still big, sweet, warming and plenty malty. Pretty good.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ER527
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phigg1102
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber color with a finger of tight tan foam. Good retention and legs. Fully toasted malt aroma with caramel and a fair amount of floral hop character. Slight notes of pears and golden raisins. Hop bitterness is much more prominent in the taste, taking on herbal and earthy notes along with a clear floral character. More toasted malt and caramel along with a bit of a bread crust flavor. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes quite dry with a nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of glass_house
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a bit more in the English style, with heavy toffee and dark fruit undertones. Good, but just a bit sweeter than I prefer. A nice sipper, but a little more hop presence would balance it out a bit.

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Bernese Barleywine Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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