'Bout Time Barley Wine | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by beerguy101:
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3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Home bottled from growler. Dark amber color, no head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are nutty, very fruity and very sweet. Definitely need some more hop bitterness. The malt sweet is nearly overpowering. Despite the unbalanced nature of this beer, it's still very tasty. The mix of malts is complex and interesting. Lots of potential with this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

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Photo of aracauna
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is a hazy orange amber body and no head. It’s also a bit on the flat side. There’s a slight sourness in the flavor with a nice peach and pear fruitiness. It’s too sweet though. Combined with the flatness, the sweetness makes for a very disapointing barley wine.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a shocker. It was just opened and the brew was different from most of my beer drinking experiences. The color was a dark red amber with virtually no head and no lacing. The nose was of candy. The nearest analog I can think of is the smell of hardtack candy when it is cooling. The flavor was astoundingly sweet and alcoholic. My first instinct was that it was almost medicinal in flavor. And strong medicine it is with the high alcohol content it portrays. My guess is that the ABV is at least 9.5% and possibly much higher. After getting used to the strong sweetness, my best sense of the flavor was of caramel. The body is extremely full and creamy with no edge crispness. This is a beer best left to small sips and perhaps as an adjunct to something less forceful.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served as a sample at Thirsty Dog in Akron. The color was amber, with a wispy head. The smell was malt sweet. The taste was very sweet with malt, with very little hop to speak of. Mouthfeel was syrupy. As for drinkability, this was far too sweet for sustained drinking.

Well, it's certainly Bout Time that Ohio did drop its ABV cap, so the name is fitting. Too bad the beer didn't quite stand up. A good barleywine has at least some presence of hops (I don't think I've had THAT much in the way of West Coast barleywine to be numbed to them) and this didn't really have anything noticable. Tasted more like malt syrup than anything else. This is a new seasonal though, and I'm sure they'll work out the kinks and make a quality barleywine in time.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We were lucky enough that a Thirsty Dog was available in the 3 hours between a wedding and reception. What vetter way to kill time than by drinking Barley Wine and playing Trivial Pursuit? On to the beer: Served in a 10oz sifter like their other high-ABV brews. Pours a dark amber color with a very thin beige head. Little to no lacing evident. Aroma is super-sweet malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and very syrupy-sweet yet drinkable. Malt and candy dominate, with some alcohol flavor to reign it in a little. Finish is long and sweet. This beer needs to be taken slow but I enjoyed it.

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'Bout Time Barley Wine from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 5 ratings