Barley Wine | Square One Brewery & Distillery

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Square One Brewery & Distillery
Missouri, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Considered the Port Wine of the brewing world, this beer is assertive in every aspect. This matures and changes with time, offering a rich complexity, not usually associated with beer. Many commercial products are even vintage dated to help manage stock.

Added by Vancer on 03-27-2006

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper color of wood varnish with a one finger light tan head. Looks mysterious.

S - Cinnamon, brown sugar, piny hops, and quite a bit of heady booze notes. I like booze in my beer, so this smells really nice to me.

T - Dried apricot, fresh hop buds, cinnamon, yeast, and scotch. This reminds me of one of my go-to affordable blended scotches....Dewars. It's fresh and light, but very heady and has some hidden smoky complexity.

M - Tight, firm, and laden with alcohol. Very hoppy and astringent. This is what it's all about! This is a very aggressive brew. The finish is perfumed with hop oils, and the aftertaste sticks with you.

D - This is a really nice barleywine! I'm quite impressed with square one, and I'm particularly wowed by this brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flooshmander
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank this for the hell of it. I saw that it had 11% alcohol by volume and i didnt want to drink a whole six pack for a buzz. Got the job done and wasn't to harsh.

I enjoyed the color of it.

In general I wish more places stocked barley wines. It really is a drag drinking low ABV beer because you want the beer taste & feel without 7 trips to the bathroom!

There should be a shift to higher abv and less quantity. 6-10 Beers a night is ridiculous!

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Photo of Sinisterale
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good barley wine. I believe well balanced would be my way describing it overall. It is pale yellow orange in color with a thin white head. The first taste sweet, light fruit with a hint of citrus followed by mild bitterness and mild alcohol tones. I would say this barley wine is more tame than others I have tried. Probably a good first big beer for someone to try. Especially because of its balance and relatively low IBUs. Enjoy.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Menu notes 12% ABV. Very nice smoky, rich Barleywine.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, brown/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smell of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a good blend, body, and complexity. The alcohol is a good addition instead of the overpowering force.

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Photo of bnes09
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown and somewhat see-through. Minimal head with poor retention and no lacing to be found.

Smell of bread grains and herbal hops.

Deep malt flavor which is slightly roasted. Mild hop character and mostly herbal. A little unbalanced with a musty aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with higher than average carbonation. Grainy texture.

Pretty average, nothing more.

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Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice brew, served in a snifter because of it’s “high alcohol content and rich character”. I didn’t ask about the %abv, but this was a very good sipping drink – no noticeably alcohol taste or burn.

I t was very rich and malty, just a big beer all-around. A solid b-wine that dressed up well in the snifter – deep mahogany brown, white head and good lacing. It was a great finisher after the other starter brews.

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Photo of grumpy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, just released in late December.

This is a significant change from the earlier offering at Square One. The owner said the recipe had not changed, but a switch to all-grain brewing led to considerable differences.

Color is dark amber in light, and muddled brown otherwise. Head is moderate, and quickly recedes.

Aroma is malty and fruity.

Taste is…. well, hmmm….. Pyramid Snowcap on steroids! Rather English in taste - toffee malt with bittering, spicy hops, rather than a blast of citrus or pine, etc. American in “size” – full-bodied, big alcohol bite, very concentrated flavors.

Drinkability? No problem worrying this stuff down, just be careful!

(Oh, by the way - the bartender said this stuff is 13% ABV.)

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy dark amber-copper color with a small creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, sweet fruity aromas of apples and pears. Sweet and malty like a good barleywine, sweet and sticky finish, very smooth and full bodied with a full and syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, very complex and very smooth, nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber body with a thin layer of bubbles that I would be remiss to call a "head".

Smell: A meager handful of fruit and grains simply drowning in a vat of alcohol and De Kuyper Butterscotch liqueur. It's too late to turn back now!

Taste: Upfront taste of sweet caramel, severely so, even. A few faint hits of fruit. There's a harsh flood of alcohol that washes over the tongue, leaving me wondering just what the ABV percentage is on this sucker. Slight citrus with a medium-high bitterness. More reckless sweetness and alcohol. Finishes sweet and hot.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A barleywine that comes across as coarse and clumsy. Overly sweet and hot are fine when it comes to busty blondes, but less appealing when it comes to barleywines. This could use a heft in body, a deeper malt profile, and some restraint in the alcohol department -- back to square one, Square One.

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Photo of abrand
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

5 ounce pour from the sampler at the brewpub.

The barley wine pours a hazy redish color with a small tan head up top. Sweetness makes up both the quaff and the nose. Some malts are also present but not much more than that. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and filling.

Overall a pretty good b-wine but not quite as good as the other beers that I had been drinking. Or maybe my taste buds were just giving out on me after all the different styles.

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Photo of CMW
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with some red highlights floating throughout. Can poured with virtually no head and it appeared to have very little carbonation. Think flat soda.

S - Sweet caramel malt, a little bit of raising or fig and plenty of alcohol.

T - Much maltier than I expected but still tough to tame the high abv. Hops sort of fade into the background on this one despite the 85 IBUs.

M - Light and almost watery. Carbonation was almost non existent.

D - Pretty tough to drink when the abv is this high. It was a little boozier than I would like.

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Barley Wine from Square One Brewery & Distillery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 13 ratings