Auld Persnickety Barleywine Ale | Steffans Aldergrove Brewery

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Steffans Aldergrove Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewandbbq on 01-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by BigMcLargeHuge:
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of RB-er after4ever via trade. Pours clear copper with tan head. We served it up pretty warm due to this cursed Florida heat creating a perfumy aroma of prunes, raisins, cherry hard candy, some caramel sweetness followed by a bit of alcohol heat. The taste is rich and plain old yummy with prunes, raisins, figs, dates and a hint of pepper. Those notes mix seamlessly with caramel and malt sweetness. The finish approaches with an warming alcohol and mild notes of fusels. Some of the alcohol presence is due to the above average serving temperature and didn't at all distract from the experience.

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Photo of hopdog
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!).

Poured a deeper and murky reddish, brownish, amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, bready, citrus, and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, citrus, nuts, tobacoo, and some dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish but no where near 10.5%. Thinner body. Drinkable but a tad overall thin for a Barleywine.

Notes from 5/18/07

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma starts with a strong caramel malt and lots of crystal aromas. Nice fermentation yeast effect with lots of fruit. I get prunes and cherries and pears. Very faint citrus hop aroma rounds it out. As it warms I get a hint of toffee.

Color is ruby red but pretty cloudy. While pouring, there was very little head to start but it fills out nicely into a half inch layer that quickly fades to a small ring and patches of pure white foam.

Flavor right off is strong caramel and brown sugar. Solid hop bitterness that is pretty well in balance with the malt. I get a light citrus hop flavro which combined with the malt makes me think of candied orange peel. Fruity yesat character is strong too with more prune and other dried pit fruit flavors. Very well balanced for a young barleywine.

Full bodied and slighly warming but not as warming as 10.5% would seem. Carbonation level is a little light but not far off for the style. Definitely not flat but not particularly lively either.

Right now, this is a really nice barleywine. I got a few to age too. I wonder with the lightness of carbonation and hops how it will progress. Definitely more along the lines of an English B-wine (but much stronger than modern British versions). I'd recomend picking it up if you find it.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper and super-hazy. Almost opaque. An off white head rose up to a half-inch, with super-fine bubbles that ascended the syrupy liquid.
Aromatics are sweet, fruity, and malty.
Candied citrus segments with toffee chips.
The nose rounds out with butterscotch and brown sugar.
The mouthfeel is on the thickish side of medium, and sticky. Definately a thick, chewy barleywine.
The pallet starts off with a jolt of unfermentable sugar, caramelized malt, and fruity esters. Alcohol follows through, but doesn't even hint at 10.5%.
Bitterness is minimal as is all the other aspects of hopping.
Finishes with lingering sugars and sweet malt.

Drinks like a oversized english barleywine, and hints at a Hardy's ale.
Maybe some age would dry it up.

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Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by my brother, who purchased it at Bottleworks in Seattle. Unlike the brewery's imperial stout, this does not have the calories listed on the label, though it does have the vintage (2007) and abv listed on the label, along with the cryptic remark, "Keep yer knees bent!" I have to say, that's not the most encouraging remark to place on the label of an alcoholic beverage.

Poured a slightly hazy, dark amber color with 1 1/2" of off-white foam. Modest streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

The nose was quite malty, considerably more so than I was expecting. The most noticeable flavor is a mild, toffee-ish sweetness. There's also some prunes in the mix. Hops are very restrained, and seem of the citrusy variety. I agree with others that this seems like an English-style barleywine, though it seemed like the various elements of the smell didn't meld so well.

The flavor starts off with a sweet, toffee-ish flavor, coupled with a bitter, prune-like taste. In the background is a hop flavor that lends a grapefruit-like aspect to the proceedings. Things finish with a mild sweet fadeout that is augmented by a warming alcohol sensation, but it's not quite as boozy as I expected, given the abv. More tasty than the nose led me to believe.

Full-bodied, somewhat slick in the mouthfeel, but not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be.

Surprisingly drinkable, though it seems a bit "raw" at the same time. I found this more well-rounded than the nose led me to believe I would, and would buy this again if it was in my area. It's not - and that's a shame. I'd really like to see how it would change with some aging.

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 AKA McLargeHuge.

A: Pours a nice goldish hue with tones of amber showing thru. The head is nice with average retention.

S: Tons of over ripe fruit mixed with booze, caramel, and caramel covered toffee.

T: Taste is married to the nose. Tons of fruit more dark than over ripe. Caramel and brown sugar comes thru with a bit of nuts. A bit of citrus hops can be detected in the finish.

M: Body is moderate, but the mouthfeel isn't as thick as one would believe for a 10.5% Barley Wine.

D: Pretty good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-red body with a creamy, frothy, eggshell-colored head that just lasts and lasts.

Smell: First and foremost, it's a fruity aroma smelling of cherries, apricots, and sugar-coated peach pits. Plenty of caramel and honey in there as well.

Taste: High degree of candied sweetness with tastes of caramel and honey. Blend of flavorful fruit juices. Medium hop bitterness fights a thankless battle to push back those damned, uppity sugars. Slight woody hint. Semi-dry finish with a lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied bolstered by some stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's rather unabashed about its high amount of residual sweetness, it's a bit coarse, alcholwise, and it's just not as well-rounded as some better examples of the style. That said, there's no reason this won't get its act together with some solid time away in the cellar.

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Auld Persnickety Barleywine Ale from Steffans Aldergrove Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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