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Barleywine - American
Ranked #267
Ranked #18,783
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Dedicated to Crustaceans
The name sort of says it all. John Maier, our Brewmaster, wanted to create a beer that defied traditional style definitions. The result was a remarkably hoppy yet balanced and malty ale that quickly became a cult favorite in our Newport brewpub. But what was it? It was not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Who really cares about putting beers into narrow categories? Great beer - just drink it and enjoy.

88 IBU
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Cheers Kevin!

This beefy little beast pours a hazy brown tinged luminous amber color with a
nice head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, thin light swirling pool, and
shows some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of heavy caramel malt and sticky
resinous pine notes with some earthy malt notes and a touch of breaded
malts. Flavors expand on the nose with earthy malts awash in resinous
sticky pine notes with a moderate grain and breaded malt quality. A long
lingering bitterness resounds in the finish. Very nice mouth feel; medium
body, low carbonation, and a rigorous assertive hop and beaten to submission
sweet caramel malt finish.

Overall, very nice and reminiscent of Big Foot having a love child with Dead Guy
with the marital bed being that of heavy handed hops. Nice.


Jan 04, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a big blue bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Goofy crab-themed artwork.

L: Cloudy dark golden amber pour with 2+ fingers of foamy white head. Great sticky lacing. Chunky sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Stale-smelling hops... super malty. Resin and pine.

T.F: Big caramel malts... sweet toasted grains. Bitter pungent hops... still taste a bit stale to me, and they assault the sweetness rather than balancing so there are some flavors here that don't play super nicely together. Then again.. the booziness at 12% can cover up a lot of flaws and this isn't lacking for flavor. Pine and leafy... slightly medicinal. Thick and sticky on the tongue... well carbonated. Absolutely warming.

O: Kind of a hot mess of a beer... but with a lot of flavor and I can see what they mean. This isn't a barleywine... this isn't a DIPA... but rather something different and interesting... if not the most drinkable. That being said... I don't hate it... and it kind of grows on you as it warms up. Not one I'd seek out again, but one I'm glad I got to try.

Jun 03, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- pours a hazy rusty orange with a 1 finger tan head that quickly recedes to almost nothing; spotty lacing

Smell- doughy malt, black tea, leather

Taste- starts off with sweet doughy malt and leather followed by an earthy, minty bitterness. At first the transition from sweet to bitter seems a bit sudden and harsh, but as the beer warms the flavors start to meld and it becomes quite enjoyable

Feel- medium bodied with medium-low carb; long bitter finish

Overall- A nice beer with some intense flavors that really come together as the beer warms towards room temp

Apr 16, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a rusted looking light amber, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like potent booze, big leafy hops, caramel sugar, and piney hops. This smells harsh and uninviting.

The taste is similar, as the flavors clash pretty horribly here. The dominating flavors are boozy and hoppy- as this is exceedingly bitter as these two flavors clash. It's pretty malty, but doesn't have enough richness to balance these flavors out.

This is also kind of thin, with a normal level of carbonation. It doesn't have much drinkability.

Rogue is far from one of my favorite breweries, and this beer only confirms that feeling. It may get drinkable in about 10+ years.

Jan 30, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber tinged gold with not a lot of head, essentially a cap and collar.

Smell is hoppy, but very malty. The booze is very present to my nose.

Taste is much like the nose, with the malts and hops reversed. There is a hotness to this beer, bringing that booze forward more than I would normally care for.

The feel is full and sticky, and there is a higher carbonation than I would expect from a barleywine.

Well, they call it in the title...not really a barleywine, sort of an IIPA. The fact that this one couldn't make up its mind certainly detracts from the overall enjoyment of this beer.

Dec 10, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Blue 750mL bottle served in a chimay chalice. I've had this for a while and been saving it for a special occasion, so this bottle is most definitely not fresh. Pale Golden and not quite clear color, with minimal white head. Strong, sweet aroma of ripe fruit, apples, pears. Smells like a remarkably pale barley wine. Flavor is 180 from that though: strong, bitter hop flavors of pine sap. Reading from the labels, 88 IBUs is not necessarily all that much for an 11.6% double IPA, given the amount of residual sugar that usually comes alone with a beer of these proportions. And yeah, this sure is sweet. But you absolutely taste the alpha bitterness, which combats the malt sweetness rather than harmonizes with it. If the aroma is underwhelming, the flavor just falls flat for me. Interesting? Maybe. Good? Nah. Would it be improved by being served fresh? Anything's possible, but I'm unlikely to bother to find out.

Oct 17, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden appearance. Two-fingered, frothy head that does not want to collapse. Aroma is dank, peaches, grilled hamburgers and potato salad. It definitely has a harshness to it. Sticky mouthfeel. The finish is long and bitter. There is some floral notes to it as it sits in the glass. Salty. When drinking this beer you can tell its percentage. But i think it will mellow out alot as it sits while i drink it. Thanks Nick Reid for going to the brewery to get it for me.

Oct 01, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor shared this beer with me. It poured a hazy orangish with frothy white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus and sweet malt. The taste started sweet like Barley wine then turned grapefruit bitter. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer and certainly worth a try.

Feb 13, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, pretty clear, head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to ring on the sides; head is off white.

Smell is hot - and i mean boozy, then comes the malt which is pleasant and much more neutral/biscuity than traditional barleywines; the booziness is fairly strong once warm but there is some lighter hoppiness - a little citrus, a little grass.

Taste is less boozy, more neutral/biscuity malts - which play very well in this intermediate style beer. Malt is starting to age but there is no sign of caramels; hops are there but the flavors are hidden behind the booze and modereate maltiness, but the bitterness shows up well - hops notes are subtle citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel starts a bit sweet and full, then dries and lingers as bitterness.

Overall a unique brew, big booze and full lighter malt flavor with a big bitter finish.

Jan 29, 2017
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Light semi cloudy amber, medium bubbles rising maybe half a finger's length. Head rose a straight white color coming off with sticky lacing.

Smell: Floral and malts, actually it's a pretty appetizing scent.

Taste: malt bomb on roids, extra bitter and hard

Mouth: Sticky and appetizing but the finish at the end isn't I think what everyone would be craving.

Overall: Good brew but to call it barleywine-ish is a borderline crime. It's a DIPA in a very cute bottle. Salud!

Dec 28, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch head that dissipates down to a ring in a few minutes with some nice lacing. Nose is all barleywine; with malts, hops, and alcohol heat. As it warms the the hop bitterness comes through on the palette with that malt backbone. The mouthfeel is where this really stands out. Excellent! Overall, this could be considered a triple IPA.

Dec 26, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark golden body, instant small, fluffy head. Big warm, malty aroma, taste Ramps up the heat. Boozy notes, sweet malts, small bitter hops bite. Really nice on this cold wet day.

Dec 12, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a tulip glass. It pours a hazy amber color with one finger of creamy, milk-white head and lacing. The smell is intriguing: roasted malt, caramel, tropical fruit, and resinous hops. Like the smell, the taste is really unique: it starts like a barleywine and finishes like a DIPA. Along the way you taste the caramel and fruit, then are slapped by the bitter, biting hops. There is a fairly strong alcohol burn; you can really taste the 11.6%. It's a sipper but you could pair it with a substantial meal or drink it for dessert. Overall, this is a unique - and compelling - beer. Like it's name says, you could call it a barleywine or a DIPA. Either way, it's really good.

Jul 13, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is honey sweet, with soft notes of flowers, pear, and a hint of muted citrus. Not as hoppy as expected.

Flavor is similar, honey sweet throughout, with an herbal, earthy, biting bitter finish that lingers. Finish is too harsh for my liking.

Jun 20, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber to pint glass. Drank very slowly over dinner, dessert, movie with kids, then work on basement. Really grew on me as i drank it. Appearance is Yellow-orange, small head. Aroma is malty, moldy, sour mix. Taste is Hoppy, ashy...drinking further i get some apricot, pear, Apple. A nice mix of hoppy/malty....not completely clashing, but melding. Feel is mellow, low carbonation, but a Biteyness that gives the allusion of sharp carbonation. Cool bottle as is almost standard with Rogue. Enjoying this thoroughly.


Mar 31, 2016
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy orange/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit, sour finish more like an IPA than a barleywine. Expensive at $13.99 for a 750ml blue bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Mar 20, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque pale amber, producing 2 fingers of shortlived, creamy, pale tan head that leaves thin rings & wisps of lace. Aroma is caramel, candied apple, mango, pine resin & both citrus pulp & zest particularly orange. In the background there is a medicinal note & something faintly metallic (iron) like. Taste is a blend of heavy sweet notes: caramel, candy apple, cotton candy, bread & pie dough; with tropical fruits, orange, cedar, pine & citrus in a slightly in balanced background. Starts predominantly sweet & does not balance until the finish where it turns hoppy. The aftertaste is mostly dry & bitter with ghosts of the initial sweetness. Alcohol is heavier in the mouth than the nose, the taste of which manifest as bitterness, spice & warmth. Some have commented on its potency but I find it to be fairly subdued for a 10.8 ABV. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, slightly chewy & slick. I would give this a higher taste rating due to the complexity but the sweetness is just too cloying.

Dec 08, 2015
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Old Guardian glass.

A: Clear light lemon yellow with two finger head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S: Big dank hops mixed with sweet malts.

T: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a huge hop bite. Blurs the lines between big DIPA and barleywine.

M: Medium to full body and average carbonation.

O: Solid beer and very enjoyable.

Oct 30, 2015
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boisehack from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical Barleywine, or Imperial IPA, not my typical review. I purchased this from Albertson's, for about $11.
Paired with a charcoal grilled bone-in ribeye steak, grilled zucchini with balsamic vinegar and lemon thyme, and grilled multigrain baguette garlic toast.
Poured into a Kirin pint mug, which needed to be re-filled at some point.
This beer did not disappoint me. It was a nice dark gold in color, and had a decent head on it. The smell was not distinctive to me at the beginning, nor was the taste, but the beer was too cold at that point. I had smeared the steak with which it was paired with some grilled mixed hot peppers, so that made it even harder to taste at first. Hey, this is real life, OK? But as the beer warmed it's characteristics started to come through. The mouthfeel was just right, not sticky at all, not watery. It was nice to drink an IPA (sort of) that was not citrusy, but just right, and the maltyness came through in a comforting fashion. I did not pay attention to the lacing, but the unwashed mug shows evidence of large swigs by the widely spaced rings of delicate foam. Due to the Hop Nosh (my go to IPA) I had before this while grilling, I could feel the effects of this high octane brew creeping up on me in a very pleasant way. After the second pour, A little roastyness came through, and a bit of phenol. It paired very well with the food and the entire evening. Wonderful.
One of the few Rogue products that has the ABV on the bottle, but I didn't see it, and instead noted the °Plato, a whopping 24, so I knew that it was special. I suppose that the ABV on the bottle is a kind of warning label, since most of their beers seem to come in at around 13°. I don't usually spend this much on a bottle of beer, but it was definitely worth it.

Sep 02, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark orange to brown color with a slim finger's worth of foamy white head that dissipated immediately. Lacing arranged itself nicely into a light messiness all about.
The smell starts off with some dark fruit and definitely has some harsh bitter citrus hops that punch my nose nicely.
The taste took the dark fruits and enlivens to a nice sweetness running into a semi-bitter citrus hops. Caramel and tobacco flavors assert themselves nicely. There's some light coca cola in the aftertaste and that leads to a refined mostly sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. I'd say, yeah, it was closer to sipping quality to it. Carbonation runs light, which is good.
Overall, its a barleywine that maintains its hoppiness. Move over SN Bigfoot. I wouldn't mind doing a blind taste test on these two.

Aug 10, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy peach color under a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap. The nose is fruit over rich malt flavors and assertive hops. Palate starts with fruit and malt then the hops assert themselves on the finish and mingle with the potent alcohol and rich malt. They are all potent but well balanced. On the palate the fruit tastes like a blend of peach and pineapple with a touch of pepper with a little cola in the background. A chewy body. It has medium to medium low carbonation. This beer recalls a whiskey or bourbon drink.

Jul 23, 2015
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daijoobo from Alabama

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in color and in taste then expected, but the flavor that was their was spot on.
Not really a Barley-wine, even though the 11.6% states otherwise, but an ideal
malted beer with the right amount of hops! Enjoy

Jul 21, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Straw in color - way too light for a barleywine. The nose has a sweet note that is hard to place but certainly not unpleasant. The flavor is mildly sweet with not too much maltiness. The body is super light for either a barleywine or a DIPA - that DOES make it dangerously drinkable.

Jun 08, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber slightly darker than gold. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of tropical hops (mango) with hints of citrus (orange) coupled with a slight spiciness. As it warms, biscuit and apricot are also noted.

Medium body with a smooth texture. Below normal carbonation with very little effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but not balanced. It begins with a richly sweet blend of fruit - primarily apricot with notes of orange, mango and caramel. Caramel comes to the forefront as the hops fade approaching the middle. In the middle, alcohol attacks with an astringent vengeance and detracts from what would have been an outstanding flavor profile. The finish is a slow fade of residual sweetness and astringent alcohol. A moderate alcohol burn is present on the back of the throat, a bit of tongue numbness and pucker.

Mar 12, 2015
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Beerswag from California

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of bommber, into tulip glass : aged 5 months. Pours a hazy, no particles floating around, burnt orange to ruby red tones. Smell is apricot and dried fruit ie. Some apple, mango, smell has some depth. The taste is dried apricot, a little pineapple, some earthy bitter-hops. The hops bring a lemony and grassy aspect. Complex, and balanced. Medium-body not overly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Pair with rich crustacean shell-fish dishes such as Lobster in browned butter, scalloped withbrownded-butter, steak or lamb-chop "Oscar", or simply fresh crab fondue.

Mar 09, 2015
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