Moonshine Barleywine | Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.01%

Availability: Winter

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Added by barleywinebrewer on 12-13-2006

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

9.4% for this batch

"our special barleywine is brewed with dark Munich malt and assorted Crystal malts, resulting in a big and complex mahagony beer that is smooth and warming. Bold but balanced hop flavor comes from Chinnock and Liberty hops."

dark chestnut and murky, the head becomes a microbubble o ring but with one swirl of the glass the head comes right back, the lacing traced a path all the way down the glass..nice.

dark caramel with a little whiskey thrown in, some hops are noted, sort of like the darker cousin to bigfoot with a little less in the hops dept, the aroma was very full, even when this was served so cold. I enjoyed the aroma throughout the tasting, it never got lost...

taste etc...
this was like a liquefied milky way bar, nougat and chocolate... very chewy, the mouthfeel is full and creamy and SMOOTH. drinkability for the style is just ridiculous, you could drink this all day (although it would kill you), the hops perform a minor bittering in the aftertaste. This is seriously too smooth for your own good.

great beer, I had the spicy tomato and chicken soup with it and it cut through the spice (quite spicy) easily. This was a gem on tap today.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After many clicks around the beerfly I found this beer as my must try for this business trip. As a first experience with the pub and it's high end beer I am happy!

A - nice, reddish brown ale. good size head that quickly dissapates.
S - hard to say for sure. The pub was overfull with holiday revelers Definitely a malt smell and if possible a light grapefruit smell. Think bigfoot fresh but muted.
T - similar to smell. Tasty and not overpowering in any one area. Nice malty body with a citric grapefruit hops effect.
M - medium bodied.
D - Yeah it's easily drinkable. I'd like to try it a year or more old to see if the malt characteristics shine like I think they might. Since it's not bottled that's neither here nor there.

Enjoy if you can! A nice draft barleywine that deserves love.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a newly purchased growler:

Pours hazy, almost murky, brown with a tan head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of toffee with citrus and pine.

The taste is of toffee with a good backing of citrus and pine. Quite the hoppy one for the style, though the malt keeps upfront. Sweet finish. Alcohol pretty well-covered for the abv level, but strong enough to have a warm finish and a "creeping in" effect.

The body just barely reaches full. In fact, it's not a thick, hefty barleywine. No real gripes as it is the summer, so it may have been done with the season in mind. And, it certainly is the smooth one. Disappears (too?) quickly. Amazing drinkability, especially for the style and abv level. Nicely done overall.

Certainly fits the bill of an American barleywine rather than English, as categorized here. Also, it's obviously not a winter release (though it MAY have been "tweaked" for the summer, as the body lacks just a bit for the style).

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Photo of marcpal
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Harvest Moon poured into goblet.

A: Dark mahogany as advertised that had that had impressive lacing. The texture and thickness could be seen right from the pour.

S: Dried fruits and caramel with a hard liquor background scent. Pick up the kick here and not much hops, but the fruitiness and sugars more than apparent.

T: Chocolate and fruits straight forward and didnt pick up much of the hops, more caramel flavoring. Not the typical barleywine,but not bad.

M: Very smooth and chewy. Nice coating to the tongue. Pleasant.

D: Extremely drinkable for a barleywine. The alcohol presence more in the nose than the taste and this one was extremely smooth and tasty.
Not my favorite HM or bwine but a good sipper nonetheless on a cold night.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of magnj
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep red-brown, what they call mahogany. Looks like thered be some head uf it wasn't a sample pour.

S - smells big sweet sticky malt and big hops.

T - big hop bite and flavor up front as well as a rich malty backbone reminiscint of a brooklyn tap only I had over the winter. Well balanced, big all around.

M/D -full mouthfeel, sticky. Very flavorful beer, great to drink but not at all sesionable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My post-lunch libation on 16APR10. Served in a small snifter, perhaps 12oz, for $5.00.

The snifter was filled to the brim with a chestnut-hued liquid. It was mostly clear, with some carbo, and a fine, creamy tan head. The bubbles on top left good lacing as the bier disappeared. The nose was mild, with some caramel and more hops, but all were restrained. The body was a welcome medium-plus, and for the feel itself, this one was quite easy to take on the tongue.

I get some sharp, crystal-like malts up front, with smidges of caramel. Lots of hops follow quickly, with piney, resiny qualities. Once warmer, more malts emanate, with a bit of sweetness and some toffee. Once the bier warms, it shows its true English-style roots. Would have liked more, but had to hop back on the road. Prosit!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of AltBock
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to take this one home in one of Harvet Moon's 64 oz. growlers. I poured it into a small Great Lakes Christams Ale Snifter. This Barleywine first appeared to be an all black beer, but upon close inspection, it is actually a light crimson red that was blended in with some cherry red and orange. It had thin head of foam that was this off white color. It was mix between white and tan. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a handful of foamy rings along the edge and few small streaks of lace around the glass. It had an espresso based aroma with sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, citrus hops, and a samll dash of pine at the finish. The taste started off dark and roasted with dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, and bitter dark chocolate. After the dark and roasted flavors had its turn, it was time for hoppy flavors to come out and play. The second half of this beer featured citrus fruits with a smidge of dark fruits in the middle, a pinch of pine, roasted citrus hops, and then it ended with a big taste of alcohol. That high ABV% had to come into play somewhere. It was a full bodied beer that had an aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, roasted hops, and more alcohol! This beer doesn't bother masking it's alcohol content. A very good Barleywine from a great brewpub. Be careful with this one. It will sneak up on you if you're not careful. I wouldn't have a problem drinking another one of these. Just not another 64 oz. of it.

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Photo of bsimms
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Moonshine Barleywine from Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 11 ratings