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Bernese Barleywine Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Shankopotamus on 06-15-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
22.06%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 151
Reviews by AwYeh:
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Foggy golden-brown color, dusting of off-white head and spotty lacing. Really froths up though if disturbed.

S: Sweet- dark fruits, caramel, citrus, pine, and just a little grassy.

T: Follows smell nicely; really delicious barleywine flavor, adding in some toffee and enhancing the hop flavors from the nose. Very nice balance of sweet and bitter, I'm having a hard time holding off on sipping this one. A touch of alcohol comes through, adding spiciness.

M: Medium-thick bodied, very creamy owing to moderate carbonation.

O: Really nice offering from Thirsty Dog; I'm glad a barleywine that can be bought in quantity is in the NE Ohio scene (yeah, it is pricy, but it's no $20 bomber), and I'm hoping that it stays around for future years. I only got a single of this but I'll definitely pick up more.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
$ 3.59/12 oz bottle at the Lager Mill
Aroma of malt and weak piney hops; malt fades slowly leaving the hops aroma
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to two cm lacey ring and frothy layer
Lacing excellent! As the level of beer in the glass drops, the lacing just continues down with no discontinuities
Body deep amber, hazy; sediment in bottom of bottle
Flavor of malt with some light piney hoppiness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep burnt orange with a clingy full one finger slight off white head that seeltes very slowly into a frothy mass,great deep color to the beer.Malty in the nose but not overly sweet,somewhat "cakey" and bready,not much hop presence.Whoo this packs a punch with alot of fusel alcohol flavors,after the alcohol settles some caramel cake notes come into play with a shot leafy hops in the finish not a big citric/resin finish though.This is a sipping barlewine,actually it's been awhile since I have had a barleywine so maybe Iam not used to the booze of the style,still I like it and like most of the Thirsty Dog portfolio.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shankopotamus
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Murky amber color with hints of ruby. Thick white head with lacing as it goes down.

S- Bouquet of citrus fruits, pine, and carmel covered raisins. Simply magnificent. Exactly what an American Barleywine should smell like.

T- Mirrors what the nose originally picked up. Citrusy with a solid malt dried fruit and carmel backbone. Super fresh hops, would love to see what it's like when they lay down a bit. Almost no alcohol character which is quite amazing being at 10.5% abv.

M- Rich velvety mouth feel without being overly thick. Semi-dry finish.

O- An almost flawless example of the style other than appearance. Fresh hops and carmel, everything an American Barleywine should be. Don't pass this one up!!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice to see some Ohio homebrewer's recipe make it into production on this scale...pours a ruby slightly muddy unfiltered hue with a big soft cream head, dwindles slow fine even speckled lacing left behind. Aromatics has bright hops...citric/piney elements thus far, a bit of booze tickling my nose hairs...luscious malt backbone comes through has caramelized bready malts as perceived sweetness. Flavor hits hard with the alcohol, ethanol train all aboard...big medicinal notes with the loads of malts, a hint of dark ripened fruits raisins plums and a little off band aid element just barely peaks through here. Hops coming home at 75 IBUS, the pine and big dank citric notes slap you around a bit before getting overshadowed with the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is harsh, hopefully this beer mellows with age, I was excited to see another Thirsty Dog brew that was new to me after the last few releases I've been really impressed by Mayan Dog/Citra Dog/Chocolate beer...hard to pass each sip across the palate. Medium to full bodied carbonation doesn't hide anything here or soften the blow of each sip, an assault on the palate that I guarantee will mellow with a bit of age...these bottles are about to get lost in the cellar. Decent priced four pack on the upside, I'm gonna let this warm up some more and update this review if there are any changes.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of marmstrong1212
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of HerdNo1
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't review it it detail. I would simply note that too many American Barleywines end up being nothing but hop bombs. This is a beer that's backed by a huge malt backbone. The smell is nearly what you'd get from a Dopplebock. Indeed, I'm reminded of Sam Adams Double Bock on the nose Still, there are enough hops to balance it and the alcohol is warming rather than harsh. I tend to agree that this beer will get better with some aging. I bought a 4 pack. The first was good enough that I drank another. I'm going to age the other two for a couple of years to see what happens.

Overall, this is a really tasty brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a soft, thin layer of off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - bread, toffee, caramel, some dark fruit

T - bread, toffee, caramel, alcohol, large pinyness, bitter finish, earthy, dark fruit

M - full bodied, some alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice barlweywine. The malts are superb. The deep toffee, caramel, bready notes are great. Hints of dark fruit round out the finish. If I had a complaint I would say that it's a bit too bitter. With some age I'm sure this would really smooth out. The hops though a bit bitter for balance, they aren't unappreciated. The alcohol is also well masked. I will definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, this nice barleywine pours a hazy copper brown with a light off white head and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, citrus hops, and some dark fruits. Flavors are sweet forward caramel and honey with some dark cherry and raisin flavors. The hops are both citrus and bitter to counter balance the sweetness of this one with a healthy dose of alcohol and moderate heat. A solid offering of a barleywine if you like yours with a good hops dose.

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Photo of AndreRus
4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jds16
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours tea colored with one inch of tan head.

S - I smell figs, dates, and alcohol.

T - I get some dates and figs. Alcohol is apparent. There are still some hops present to counteract the malt.

F - Full

O - It is a decent barley wine. It is probably better fresh or aged more. It is not as hoppy as it is fresh, and the faded hops may be gone with another year or two of aging.

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Photo of BobSacamano12
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of sourhead17
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Bernese Barleywine Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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