Breidablik Barley Wine Style Ale | Hood Canal Brewing

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Breidablik Barley Wine Style AleBreidablik Barley Wine Style Ale

Brewed by:
Hood Canal Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 12-10-2003

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Brewfan:
Photo of Brewfan
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired 10 minutes ago from Waldowin via Brews N' Tunes BIF.
Thanks Andrew.
Simple lable. 8.75 ABV. No vintage. I want to know what "Briedablik" means.
Poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip.

Dark ruby body with decent tan head. 1-1 1/2 fingers. Medium retention. Very small bubbles. Thin, whispy lacing.
Syrupy, sweet nose. Fruity. Bing cherries and grapes soaked in port. Brings a nice alcohol whiff. Very nice nose. Not overpowering.
Quite smooth. Not much carbonation. Sweet stone-fruit taste with some hoppy bitterness. Malt is the name of the game here though folks. Tastes more like an English Barleywine than one brewed in the PAC NW. This is how I love my barleywines though. Big mouthfeel, smooth, more sweet than hoppy (unless I'm drinking a Bigfoot).
Gets better as it gets to the bottom of the glass. Big, big mouthfeel. Great nose.
This one is a winner. I could really go for another one of these.

I love BIF's.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body is an inviting, sugary-brown color. The head though is a monster and very deceiving. I controlled it at the pour leaving plenty of room in the glass, but it continued to rise slowly for another couple of inches.

Smell – Light oak and vanilla notes to the sweet malt base. This one smells very sweet; mostly granulated sugar.

Taste – The big oak and sherry flavors come out at the tongue. I can pick up a small yeast backbone, but mostly this is a super-sweet, winey kind of barley wine.

Mouthfeel – Lots of alcohol sting for only a 7.5% bottle, and it feels just a tad thin (medium-bodied).

Drinkability – This was a blast to put down but lacked the substantial body that I’ve come to expect from good barley wines.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruit, caramel malt, slight light fruit and a bit of booze, somewhat subdued. Flavor is quite rich and well integrated dark and dried fruit, in particular figs and raisins, sweet caramel malt, a little bit of nuts. Flavors are well integrated. Finishes with sweet dark fruit and a bit of alcohol, slightly astringent. I have to admit, I was thinking that it would be hard to pull off a barley wine at 7.5 ABV, but this has the flavor depth and complexity of much boozier barley wines. Body is medium with light, pleasant creaminess. A quite nice barley wine, I'm wondering if this would be cellarable with this alcohol level, but it is already fairly mellow and integrated. A pleasant surprise, nice job, Hood Canal.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big THanks to Mickey for the hookup with this beer!
I am sampling a chilled bottle in a tulip/snifter.
The beer pours a dark chestnut color with a creamy beige head foaming up 1 cm nicely and hanging around.
The aroma is big on fruits with green apple, plums and raisin, some toffee and alcohol scents mix smoothly. The beer smells like a big one!
The first sip reveals a fairly thick body and spcaious very mild carbonation. There is definitely a syrupy texture going on here!
The flavor is sweet up front with toffee and caramel mixing with some brown sugar. This sweetness coats my lips and then disappears into a slight bitterness on teh finish, that I attribute to alcohol as I get a warming of the throat and belly just after the bitter hit on the back of my palate. The beer is not harsh or difficult to drink even with the warming. QUite a nice beer from WA. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of John_M
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 2007 version of this beer was either the second place or third place winner (I sampled 9 different beers at the event, and my notes are a bit muddled) at the 2007 Hard Liver festival. While I had heard of this brewery, I knew nothing about their beers or this particular barleywine.

Quite simply, this is the best barleywine I have EVER tasted.

The first whiff of aroma from this beer was enough to tell me right off that I was in for something special. This beer smelled like a well aged English ale, with fabulous aromas of apple, pear and nuts. There was almost a sherry like quality to the smell of this beer. On the palate this beer was nothing short of stunning. Flavors of cherry and vanilla from obvious oak aging, merged with flavors of toffee, caramel, cherry, almonds and walnuts. The beer was incredibly complex, with all kinds of things going on. This beer was also exceptionally smooth with a very long, roasty, lingering finish.

I was with a friend of mine who does not generally care for beer, and had never had a barleywine she liked. She acknowledged she quite liked this one and wouldn't mind having it around to drink on a regular basis. That's how fabulous this beer is. It's corrupting influence overcame the will power of a dedicated barley wine hater.

One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Kudos to Hood Canal for crafting this gem.

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Photo of froghop
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pour is a dark maroon, thin white head, and very little lacing.

smell is toffee, dark fruit, some coffee, figs, graham cracker, and touch of cocoa, alcohol is a bit strong for only 8.7%.

taste is thin and sticky, prunes and other dark fruits, some roasted nuts, caramel, a little cocoa, ends thick on the tongue with not much for flavor.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a brown color with a small white head.

S: Nose is fig, raisin, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Taste is dark fruits, mostly figs, raisins, yams, candy fruits and caramel.

M: Mouthfeel is sweet, dark fruits, booze and pretty unique. Big candy feel on the end.

O: A must try.

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Photo of beertunes
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a typical medium brown/amber with just a thin ring of tan head that had Ok retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected malty sweet scent of the style. The fact that there wasn't a noticeable alcohol scent was a plus. The taste was also fairly typical, malty grains, a bit sweet and just a touch of alcohol burn.

The body was a bit thinner than I like in the style, but was well within parameters. Drinkability was nice, with a lower than typical ABV, you could have more than a couple of these.

Overall, a pretty much average example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After first reviewing Breidablik Barley Wine from a bottle I picked up at Bottleworks, I made the effort to try it again from a bottle purchased at the brewery. Even allowing for a different vintage and potential aging, the two experiences were only modestly similar. On both occasions the ullage in the bottle was normal, which was notable because other Hood Canal beers have been known to show no airspace. As with my first serving, the second bottle was low on CO2 (as is customary for the style) but was almost entirely devoid of yeast residues. The color was sensuous burgundy and the beer left a palpable stickiness at the lip.

I initially noted a potent surge of ripe strawberry aroma that was a delight to inhale. But this disappeared so abruptly I was soon left wondering whether I’d merely imagined it. The enduring fragrance was more like clover honey and nutmeg – less evocative, but still captivating. The flavor was fruity throughout with a bittering that achieves balance without overshadowing the beer’s innate sweetness. The effect is a taste like cherry pits – sweet, yet charismatically gruff.

My second encounter with Breidablik exceeded the first for overall character and appeal. I concluded that Hood Canal’s barleywine was a fine ale if perhaps a bit underattenuated.

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Photo of rab53
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Breidablik Barley Wine Style Ale from Hood Canal Brewing
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 15 ratings