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Glenda Sherbrooke | Sherbrooke Liquor Store

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Sherbrooke Liquor Store
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alley Kat's house Barley Wine Olde Deuteronomy aged in Glen Breton barrels, contract produced for the Sherbrooke Liquor Store.

Added by IronDjinn on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to liamt07 for this bad boy. Barrel No. GB06/07

Appearance. Pours a very deep amber with lots of suspended particles and topped with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Very fruity and a little bit sour. Just a touch of caramel but a ton of Red apples, plums, green apples and red grapes.

Taste. Very fruity again (similar flavours to the nose), and just a little sourness. Lots of dank barrel wood, some smooth whiskey and a bit of caramel. Doesn't seem like 18.5% but there is some booze for sure.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation.

Overall. Big beer indeed. Much fruitier than I expected. Not too shabby for such a beast of a beer. There may be a bit of infection setting in here, or maybe it's just a very fruity beer with a slight twang of sourness? Anyways, it's decent.

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Photo of MAB
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer, and my last one of 2012.

The appearance was about what I expected; dark and foamy heady. Clear and nice but nothing spectacular.
(In a related rant, APPEARANCE is really only an issue if you're judging homebrews. I expect that any commercial brewer will have filters (when appropriate) to keep the sediment out, and the ability to raise or lower a beer review score on appearance is silly, to me...)
Whoops! Out of time for the rest of the review.
Delicious. Great flavor, great mouthfeel. Overall a more than average beer.
Just buy one (or more) already!

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of papat444
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wordempug for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle (Barrel No. GB06/07).

Appearance: A fat finger of foam above a murky dark amber-red body. Retention isn't great but that's to be expected with the high ABV.

Smell: Intense whiskey with a bit of vanilla as well as oak, currants, pungent fruit and ripe, softened bananas (think flambé).

Taste: Leather, traces of whiskey, bit of dried fruits, musty and some burnt sugar. Bananas are way tamer than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly left a bit wanting. Alcohol leaves a bit of bitterness and it does have a nice silky smoothness BUT overall it lacked punch.

Overall: The aroma keeps it from being a 3 overall but i wasn't won over. Didn't quite deliver as much as other barrel-aged brews do.

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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been a long time coming, and I was waiting for the right occasion to bust it out. Well, that moment finally came... Props to joemcgrath27 for grabbing me a bottle from his trip to Edmonton a long while back.

A - Pours a dark murky swamp water brown colour with quite a few floaties, thin layer of head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

S - Boozy, musty malts, caramel and toffee, fresh bread, butter, peat and scotch whiskey come through on the finish.

T - Raisins, dark fruit, prunes, vineous grapes, loads of toffee, hints of molasses, leather, whiskey notes and peat linger on the palette. ABV is incredibly well hidden, with no burning and only a subtle flavour coming through.

M - A tad undercarbonated and could certainly use a lift. Finish is chewy and syropy.

O - For 18.5% this stuff is more drinkable than most sugary liqueurs. Very complex with loads of flavours, completely unique and I was thrilled to have an opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy medium copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of strong scotch notes with some alcohol fusel and some light caramelized sugar. Taste is a mix between some grainy malt notes with some dominant scotch notes and some fusel alcohol notes. Body is about average for style with average carbonation and some apparent alcohol. I was really fond of the malt bill use in that beer and the scotch and fusel alcohol notes were somewhat too dominant for my taste.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a deep swampy brown, no real head as expected, small bubbles are present rising from the depths
S - grape, pear, caramel, buttery toffee, and a very faint hint of alcohol heat
T - raisin bread with buttery and molasses, brown sugar, light woody smokiness, and a lingering alcohol warmth
M - syrupy smooth start, alcohol heat but nowhere what the ABV suggests, lingering fullness
O - have to admit i was a little intimidated by this brew, but while it is a big beer it is more unassuming than expected, you definitely get the barley wine character with hints of barrel aging to produce a very sneaky dangerous high octane treat

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from biboergosum. Thanks a ton for this one.

A - Pours almost muddy like lake water. Hazy/cloudy dark brown. Good carbonation. The pour produced some head of a beige colour but that was gone really fast to a film. No head remains after a few minutes and there is no lacing.

S - Tons of dark fruit, caramel, a little booze, sugar, obvious earthy hops, and vanilla. Quite complex and inviting.

T - Whiskey, caramel, booze, earthy hops, vanilla, though less than the aroma, a little oak, sugar, dark fruits. Complex again. Alot less booze than I would expect for something of this ABV. Impressive. I've had the base beer for this, the Old Deuteronomy, but the barrel has obviously played a role in changing this with a slight sour/oaky note.

M - Thick. Good carbonation to keep it moving, although not too strong. Sweet, boozy fruit finish.

O/D - This beer is pretty impressive. The highest ABV I've had to date, yet one of the least boozy for 'high' ABV beers I've had to date. It's tasty and very complex. An obvious sipper. Very glad I was able to try it.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 28/6/11

A only after being held to the light dose it show all the bubbles and tiny particles moving around in a liquid that has a ruby red glow to it and looks dark amber when out of the spotlight, thin tan film leaves a few specks of lace

S fruity oak with smokey toffee, a little leather and some booze mingle quite well together

T hard to believe this was once Olde Duet the barrel has left its mark for sure, I get a little cherry cola, dark fruit and raisins on top of what I smell and somehow it all works together, I get some of the Olde Duet's sweetness, candied fruits and caramel but the barrel did wonders for the complexity of this brew

M thick and silky upon entry and there's just enough carbonation to give it some life, a little heat but all things considered this should be expected

O I didn't know what to expect after Glenn but this was a massive improvement over the first version. complex nose and taste with a great feel pretty well rounded overall

Olde Duet as the base beer was a very good idea, I'm stoked I have a few of these to age thanks to Jim for hauling them down to Cowtown. this ones worth seeking out and I can't wait to see how it tastes 5 years down the road

Edit: I'm not changing my original score because this beer rocked me when I first had it but I've opened two bottles since and both were infected. I wouldn't say a bad thing but unintentionally bretty.
Opened a few more a year later and the mild funk just adds to the complexity, very interesting stuff, the booze is scary concealed.

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Photo of punkrules45
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big big nose and big big taste. If you like Olde Deuteronomy you'll love this. Huge nose slightly alcoholic toffee and raisins/figs. Beautiful amber/copper color definitely murky. Taste is more of the same, but less of the alcohol notes. Absolutely superb. Maybe it is just me, but I get less alcohol notes in the taste than with the 2009 OD from sherbrooke/alley kat. This is a very good brew with a lot to offer. Don't mind the 6.99 a bottle because it's worth every penny. The scotch taste is not as prominent as I would have liked but I think the caramel/toffee notes are enhanced from the barrels when compared to the original OD which adds more to the brew than a strong whiskey profile ever could have. Upon further warming in the glass I start to get tonnes of brown sugar notes and a definite oak profile. Smells like I have a bowl of raisin bran covered in brown sugar sitting in an oak bowl on my table. Not that I have ever ate that kind of thing....

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Glenn has received quite the modest makeover in his transformation to Glenda - pigtails added to his red tresses, a standard old-lady purse, and a single orange flower protruding from his tam. And the beer - Olde Deuteronomy, whisky-barrel aged. Oh me, oh my.

This beer pours a hazy dark reddish amber hue, with an aspic of fine suspended particles, and a half finger of frothy pale tan head, which beats it out of Dodge in a hurry, leaving but a few specks of lace as reminders around the glass. It smells of astringent wood, and soft grapes and grain alcohol right up front, but that is quickly subsumed by a weighty raisin caramel maltiness. At any rate, the lack of a stronger aroma kind of scares me a little. The taste is sweet, syrupy caramel, that creamy oxidized Madeira essence, black tea leaves, oily leather, milk chocolate, some herbal cuisine character, a growing, yet still subtle boozy whisky woodiness, and a Euro-fruitiness, like when you're put off/intrigued by the Continental version of a heretofore familiar soda/candy/toothpaste, etc. The carbonation is practically a no-show, the body a solid medium weight, almost creamily smooth against the dying of the alcohol light. It finishes sweet and a bit sticky, but you know what removes sticky messes, right? You bet - strong alcohol, natch.

Holy Jebus, is this a new paradigm - wrought so insanely, so unobtrusively well. Olde Deuteronomy is already teetering on the edge of oblivion (thematically and practically), and they do this to it? Clap, clap, clap. (All sarcasm redacted with extreme prejudice), Handle with care, because this is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Wow, and at 7 bucks a bottle, this is worth every last cent.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is supposedly the strongest beer ever bottled in Canada. It will also be the strongest beer I've ever had the pleasure of encountering. I'm very excited, as Sherbrooke usually does an excellent job with their specialty brews.

It pours a very rich and hazy caramel colour. Not much carbonation, and a very thin head.

Smells delicious. Sweet raisin and toffee come through very clearly. The oak is also present. It smells much more rounded than the regular Alley Kat Olde Deuteronomy.

Sharp sweetness on the palate to start. This is one hell of a smooth beer! Very sweet dark fruit flavours with some nice toffee notes. It slowly fades and the oak flavour really comes through. It finished with a hint of hop flavour at the back of the tongue. Alcohol warms the mouth, but is never overpowering. The alcohol is especially subdued for 18.5%! A very pleasant finish.

Overall this is an excellent beer! This is much better than the Alley Kat barley wine, and one of the best Sherbrooke creations I've had to date!

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As good a scotch barreling as it gets in Canada. Rich brown colour, little head. Barreled in 20 year old Glen Breton. Sherry taste, bolstered by caramel.Enlivens the Old Deutronomy. Understated carbonation. A sipper because of the alcohol, which makes itself known. Good scotch nose, close your eyes and its scotch. Very fresh.Bottle shared with Neil from Alley Kat.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This would be the second of the Glen Breton barrel-aged beers produced by the Alley Kat Brewery for the Sherbrooke Liquor Store. This time around is Alley Kat's formidable Olde Deuteronomy Barley Wine spending some time in the Whisky wood. I think this is the strongest beer ever bottled in at least Alberta. As far as I know this is also the first beer label to have a cross-dresser on it...

From a 341 ml bottle. Pours out a deep hazy walnut hue with bright amber highlights when held to light. Thin creamy brown head that retains as a ring.

Bright vinous and sherry-like notes at first on the nose, along with figs, dates, currants and plantains. Also some mild wood and pipe tobacco.

Wood, sweet liquor and a touch of lacto sourness up front, followed by tobacco, figs, cocoa nibs, carob nut, and well an Eat-More bar in the middle, with raisin, choke cherries, and dry dark malt on the finish. Hints of herbal hops in the aftertaste along with lingering notes of Whisky. Just a small amount of alcohol warmth to be noticed throughout.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, chewy and somewhat thickish texture that finishes silky smooth, low carbonation.

This is hands down the smoothest beer of this high of an abv% that I have yet to sample. While it exhibits a great deal of Whisky character from the barrels it hides the actual alcohol contained incredibly. Easily the best offering from Sherbrooke's barrel-aged beers as well. Kudos to Alley Kat for pulling this off.

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Glenda Sherbrooke from Sherbrooke Liquor Store
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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