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14 Dogs Barleywine | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-06-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 12 dollar glass at the Laughing Dog tap takeover at Beer Revolution Oliver in Edmonton.

This beer appears a murky, yet strangely wholesome dark bronzed amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy, and ethereally foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse, streaky cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of alcohol-tinged, musty caramel and toffee, a further under the basement stairs dustiness, soused black fruit, and leafy, weedy, and well perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, an upper and back palate probing boozy astringency, a still heady dank cellar mustiness, equally blotto dark fruit notes, and some unexpected meaty yeast.

The bubbles are generally inoffensive in their barely noticeable at times fizziness, the body an admittedly sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, that hard to dismiss booze taking a bit of unearned liberty with my esophagus and tummy-tum-tum. It finishes on the sweet side, just, that lingering apocryphal unholiness of long forgotten tombs essence kind of hard to overlook at this point.

American Barleywines are always touch and go for me, but this one really takes the cake, or super-saturated Baba, as it were, what with the sugary otherness, hardly tenable mustiness, and overclocked ABV. I guess I can't quite front on any or all of said indulgences, but I can aver that this is a slow, Sherry-like sipper, if there ever was one for a brewed product as such.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored this goblet at Brewforia Meridian... I got a 32oz grower earlier that night... That will be enjoyed over the coming nights.

The brew is hazed amber... with a good tan head.. the retention is crap... lacing is only sorta okay...

Nose shows thick caramel and treacle.. hops are there and still pretty big... but huge boozy notes mesh in the mix with the caramel... HOT... HOPPY... the EtOH burns through the malt profile.

Flavor is a HUGE American Barleywine... The hop flavors bring the ruckus.. citrus and pine.. Then the lite toffee... caramel.. dusty toasty notes come out swinging... Still pretty flimsy malt profile.. punctuated by a healthy alcohol hit.

Never enough bitterness to really make the massive malts come together... too boozy and not thick enough for 13%.

I would love to see Fred make this one again... it could be a real big player with the geeks... Right now the HUGE malt and BIG pine hops are a novelty. I appreciate it as a GEEK .... Ditmier called this one a guilty pleasure... I agree.


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14 Dogs Barleywine from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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