Woody B. Barley Wine Ale | Crabtree Brewing Company

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Woody B. Barley Wine AleWoody B. Barley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Jeff Crabtree’s homegrown Zeus, Fuggle, Cascade, Nugget & Centennial hops. Aromatic, and well-balanced barley wine ale aged Pinot Noir barrels for a year. Only 585 750 ML bottles were corked and caged.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-18-2012

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Misanthropy_Sipping:
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4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was unexpected, but quite amazing in my mind.
A 750ml bottle, hand numbered limited edition.
Poured a strange brownish, red, orange hue. Very nice colour to it. The nose was of oak, wine, booze, a sweet smell.
And sweet indeed. This Pinot Noir barrel aged barley wine is certainly more of a desert sipping ale in my eyes. Plenty of sweetness coming through from the wine tones, a distant, far off backbone of malty cloying sweetness but it always stays in the background and never pushes through to rear up an ugly head through all the other awesome stuff which is going on. The cloying sweetness way to the back actually matches and is turned into something nice through all the booze and oak.
Oak, yes... lots of oak, but I am loving that. If you like oakiness in your beer, this is it. HUGE oak, HUGE wine, big on the booze but the booze twists up really well with the oak.
I have to say that this is quite an amazing beer. Nothing which I feel I would jump over the cliff for, but I would certainly give it strong consideration. One of those beers you need to be prepared for. I could see how this may catch people off guard and really put off someone.

But, I loved it. Another great 750ml offering from Crabtree.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 bottle #34/585. Pours reddish brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits and some wood and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts and fruits (grapes, berries and fig) with some slightly sharp vinous alcohol and plasticky char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice barley wine. It's a little hot and sweet for me.

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Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Tim.

Pours an amber color with a khaki head. Sweet caramel on the nose with a well pronounced wine aroma. Lots of oak and fruit notes, particularly red grapes. There is a nice citrus hop aroma as well. The flavor has a light sugar note up front along with toffee. Nice wood contributions as well as a nice balance of wine and hop flavors. Wasn’t expecting much from this, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Orange kissed red with a one inch beige head.

S: Strong oak presence with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and booze. I detect a little grape and plum as well as earthy notes.

T: Sweet toffee with lighter caramel notes and a little sugary character. Low earthy bitterness with restrained citrus and vinous notes. There's a touch of vanilla with a little oak. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with ample alcohol warming.

Overall: My first beer from Crabtree and it's better than expected.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brilliant barleywine. from 2011, aged in pinot noir barrels with a ton of hops for the style. pours hazy pinkish hued light amber color, wot a lively white head. the nose is very acidic and grapey from the pinot, spunky and tangy, with a whole lot of booze and brown sugar as well. flavor is pretty hoppy, especially on the back end. also a lot of fruit infused from the wine barrel, a sharp alcohol kick, and some mild sweetness and spice. this is an enormously complex brew, loaded with bold complementary flavors. tons of character, this was a fun one to decant at the family xmas party amongst a lot of beer enthusiasts. this could cellar forever. its got a lot of body, and acidic dryness, and good carbonation for a barrel aged beer. fantastic stuff, that gives you a really warming buzz.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Caleb
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Woody B. Barley Wine Ale from Crabtree Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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