Audition English-Style Barleywine | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Audition English-Style BarleywineAudition English-Style Barleywine

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brewgiehowser on 09-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of South2NW
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 2014.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of soft light tan head that faded into a fuzzy collar and wispy film. Broken rings of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Extremely sweet nose full of candied sugar, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. I get hints of leather and raisin along with a peppery and leafy hop quality.
T: The sugary sweetness from the nose cuts through dusty flavors of cocoa powder, old wood oxidization, and leather, with hints of raisin, toffee, tobacco, and dark fruit. The finish is full of herbal and leafy hops and sticky hop resin, and the aftertaste is both full of sweet and sugary candied fruits but also bread crust malt, coca, and leather.
M: Fuller body but not necessarily thick, resinous and sticky mouthfeel that is sweet but not cloying. The carbonation is fuzzy and fairly soft. I get just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish as the beer warms to room temp.
O: This is drinking fantastic right now, but it tastes like it could survive in the cellar for a decade plus. Definitely on the sweeter side, but there is a lot of depth and character.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has over a year in the celly.

Pours a clear amber with shades of burgundy and a good sized off-white head. Dissipates to a ring around the glass but easily returns when agitated. No lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, sticky candy, touch of hops, booze, dark fruits and a whiff of leather.

Taste is definitely on the malty, sweet side but there is a nice smack of spice and hops on the finish and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Toffee and caramel are present.

Overall this was a nice representation for the style BUT this is Sierra Nevada folks and SN is about the hops and they are still represented here. I prefer the hairy beast to this, but enjoyed the session.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moshulu
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Snowdog
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this one, the last bottle from a MLB league from ’14. Seeing as spring training is upon us, time to wrap this one up. 750ML corked & caged bottle with a gorgeously minimalistic brown label, split with my wife.

The pour is scintillating red, clear as an LED, but then, I’ve always liked redheads. Minor chord of carbonation. The nose has been well bridled: light leather, oakishness, nut, & toffee. Quiet.

Audition Barleywine might get called back for a RenFest part as a traveling baker, but that bit part in Justified? Out of reach. On point is a strong super-structure of caramel/toffee that runs all the way through the beer & right down the middle of Pilot Knob Road. One needs an Ingersoll Rand Jackhammer to get underneath that outer layer, but one might find a taste of acorns, earthy hops, white sugar, open-handed slap of alcohol, & a weird fruitiness that’s almost sherryesque. The finish is all about being smothered with a toffee pillow, though. Silly easy to drink, smooth & languid on the tongue, hard & punishing on the brain pan.

What started out mild when it was cold turned complex & inviting as it warmed, really, to room temperature. Good beer.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ROW3BOT
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Very Solid Barleywine here.

A - Nice Cherry Red color. Decent Head but no retention. For a SN Beer, I'm finding it very surprising that big, frothy typical SN Head isn't found in this one.

S - Nice Sherry, almost Brandy like nose. Cherries, figs, and some Wood, Mild earth. Very, again very light citrus. I also find notes of apples here and there, and some delicious Pumpkin pie-ish / gingerbread cake spice if you look for it.

T - Follows the nose quite well. I'm very happy it's not overly sweet and malty like some of the "English" style can be. Very well balanced. No flavor overpowers the other. They all play well together.

M - An easy drinking sipper. Finishes dry, like you'd expect from SN. It's obviously a barleywine, but not such a big one that you have to back off of it after each sip. It could have a wee bit more body, but that's just getting knit-picky.

O - Well, in comparison to Bigfoot I can see why SN would call this their English Style Barleywine. My thought is that any other American brewery would be more than proud to call this their standard barleywine. Excellent "American meets English" style barleywine. (My best description) If this ages like Bigfoot, Lookout. I'd love to see what a few years would do to this. Time will tell.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, slight nut, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and earth bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid toast and nut aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

As enigmatic is it is, the Sierra Nevada brewers try their hand a the barleywine style, but not the famed American Bigfoot type, but a genuine English version for a sweeter, fruitier and more mellow tone.

Amber in color, the ale takes on honey proportions to the eye. A creamy and delicate froth entangles the surface and is chocked full of butter maple and toffee, dehydrated citrus, orchard and tropical fruit, and stone fruit. With is soft sweetness layering on the tongue, flavors of honey, port and cake.

Layer upon layer, the sweetly malten taste invites the taste of dried pineapple, dried apricot and dried apple- condensed sweetness for a sugary taste and texture. The beer's fully carbonated feel keeps the malt creamy, light and somewhat of angel food and spice cake. The earthy taste of pitted fruit further support a fruit cake medley with fig, date and sultan that simmer just below the sweetness. Soft sherry wine and port give final impressions of the full-bodied middle palate.

Not shy in bitterness, the light woodsy resinous of pine shavings capture the broad hoppy taste along with bitter orange peel. Spicy alcohols work in conjunction with carbonation for a surprisingly moderate texture and reasonable sense of drinkability.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Like no Barleywine I've had before this has a light creamy nose of fruity citrus, oranges and caramel malt.

The flavor keeps the tone of the nose as orange cream and apricot is prevalent. Bitter hops with pine and herbal notes are found as it ends in light fruit and caramel.

This is an odd one and unlike any Barleywine I've had but it's tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 29 ratings