Almond '22

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #249
Ranked #47,950
3.19 | pDev: 29.15%
Almond '22
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superspak from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big wood/peat smoke, caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, leather, tobacco, brine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malts, fruity yeast, honey, orange zest, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood/peat smoke, caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, leather, tobacco, brine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of wood/peat smoke, caramel, honey, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, orange zest, leather, tobacco, brine, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malts, fruity yeast, honey, orange zest, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a very good English barleywine. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malts, fruity yeast, honey, orange zest, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. This definitely caught me off guard, they could have at least mentioned it was smoked on the label! Tasted like a scotch barrel aged barleywine. Nicely balanced between all flavors, nothing too overwhelming. A very enjoyable and unique offering. I liked it more as I finished the glass.

Mar 31, 2018
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AWSBeerDude from Massachusetts

1.31/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is a truly terrible beer, and I think the other reviews here reflect this as well.

Murky brown in color, with notes of band-aid, smoke and plastic leaping from the bottle. Thin and watery on the palate with flavors of industrial solvent (or so a friend says), more plastic and assorted medicinal flavors. Finishes with a bit of a burn (8.7%) and the worst case of heartburn I've had in years.

My colleagues and I keep a bottle or 3 of this stuff around to use as a punishment.

Oct 25, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This poured out as a clear brown color with a thin white head on top. The retention is minimal and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is smokey... Not really the best aroma in my opinion. It's smokey and kind of medicinal. The taste of the beer is also a bit smoked and only becomes more drinkable as it warms. There isn't much of a Barley Wine-like taste at all. The mouthfeel of the beer is thin, moderately carbonated but just too watery for me. Overall it was nice to try but I wouldn't pay for it again by any means.

Jan 22, 2013
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rarbring from Sweden

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clouded and murky, a brown brew with hint of orange, a warm off-white uneven head, good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of egg yolk, sugar and nuts.

Starting sweet, brown bread, syrup, raisins, sherry, Marzipan and apple peel.

Medium carbonation, smooth and thick, a big body and a slightly dry finish.

A sweet barley wine, young, as most I get the feeling I should have waited a few years.

Jul 20, 2012
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Hellrob from Italy

3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

strange, too strange. peated malty, leather and wood...a bit drinkable.
strange, too strange. peated malty, leather and wood...a bit drinkable.
strange, too strange. peated malty, leather and wood...a bit drinkable.
strange, too strange. peated malty, leather and wood...a bit drinkable.

Feb 28, 2012
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brokensail from California

1.94/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Craig...

The beer pours amber in color with a white head. A weird smokey aroma to go with lightly tart citrus notes. A bit of plastic, some light honey notes, maybe a bit of sweetness, too. The flavor is intensely smokey. There is definitely some bleach, maybe some burnt plastic and peat. This is just not good.

Dec 29, 2011
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DeanMoriarty from California

2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12.7 FL.OZ. bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: After a light pop of the cap, this brew pours a hazy dark amber hue with burnt edges, fluffy white head and good amounts of lacing.

S: Smell is strange, if not very interesting - leather and tobacco up front, toasted hemp seeds, sweet esters (almost sour and fermented), finish is malty with a strange lingering yeast smell that seems a little off - no honey or orange zest what so ever. Not sure where this one is going...

T: Taste up front is very earthy and similar to the nose - musty leather and tobacco (chew, snuff, etc.) - some may appreciate an ale that tastes like Skoal, but I just don't get it (???). This one finishes sweet and malty with over-ripe plums, raisins and a bit of booze on the back end. Not diggin this one at all.

M/D: Medium bodied with a light carbonation that lends well to the creaminess of this brew - actually pretty nice considering how turned off I was by the smell and taste. The drinkability of this one is very unfriendly and I only drank enough of it to compile this review. As much as I am against dumping any beer and try my best to never do so - this one's destiny is the sink for sure.

Overall very weird brew from start to finish. Really not a barley wine and no flavors of orange zest or honey. I'm just not sure what they are going for here, and it really tastes more like something a cocktail mixologist would concoct, and not a brewer of fine ales. Nice try, but this one needs a lot of work to compete in the U.S. market!

Aug 18, 2011
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Rizalini from Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. CAUTION - this one was a gusher when I Popped it open. Maybe open this one over the sink just to be safe!

A - Pours a very murky brown color, with a thin light brown head, that leaves no lacing.

S - Smells of rich mahogany, and leather, just like my apparment! (Anchorman reference) Does have a musky, leather smell, and slightly peppery.

T - The flavor matches the smell, but has a slight medicinal flavor too. Kinda sweet honey finish.

M - Medium-light mouthfeel. Over carbonated.

O - Not what I was expecting for a barleywine, but not bad. Has an off kinda Chloraseptic throat spray aftertaste. I may be off on that assumption

Jun 24, 2011
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a good smoked beer, and Torbata was my chance to try an Italian one. On to the beer:

Dark amber, almost chestnut colored beer. Yes, there is smoke in the aroma, so mission accomplished. But it's not huge as say Aecht Schlenkerla. In addition, there are also vague fruit and coffee roast to smell.

Tastes is moderately smoked. Smoked almonds? It's lightly hopped. A little fruit appears at the tail end of each sip. There is a tingling carbonation that is felt on the palate.

Verdict: we need more smoked beers, even if they are only partially smoked.

May 10, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

4.17/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours a dark amber, solid white head with some nice lace.

S: Peat smoke, iodine/sea, very malty.

T: The peat flavour is prevalant but never takes over the brew. Blind I would be thinking a Wee Heavy. Peaty, rich malt abound with pecan and chestnut. Reminded me somewhat of Skullsplitter.

M: Simple soft carbonation, with a full body. Very easy overall character.

D: Peat smoked malt can go along way with a little and it certainly does with this one. A must try for any fan of Islay whisky.

May 08, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cole's Italian tasting. A smokey aroma, like a smoked. Dark smokey grey colour. A lot of lace though a thin head. Hard to drink, yes the scotch whiskey is prominent. Some sugar and honey which makes it sweetness into a sipper. A unique combination, and detracts from drinkability.

Nov 08, 2009
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Suds from Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 750 ml bottle, this beer pours a ruddy brown color, with shades of amber. It's a hazy, cloudy beer, with plenty of yeast in suspension. The aroma is something different...lots of tobacco dominate the nose. Also present is pepper, yeast, a bit of alcohol, and spice. Interesting. The flavor is a bit flawed. Medicinal and phenolic. It's like a wild homebrew, and although it's reasonably good, it's not well made. Bandaid and tobacco mix with malt and alcohol in the flavor. There's a bit of hops, some booze-soaked fruit, and a little toasted, buiscuity flavor too. It's all haphazardly jumbled together, with a bit of harsh alcohol tones. Moderately heavy, the beer is also well carbonated, which adds to the bite. I wouldn't go out of my way to have another one of these.

Feb 01, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an initially three-finger thick, lightly tanned head. The beer is a deep amber hue with a touch of ruddy red; when held up to the light the beer shows a lightly hazed, deeply red stained, copper hue. As I pour this I get a scent of orange zest, but an inspection of the nose yields a phenolic, smokiness backed by a touch of medicinal notes. Underneath the dominant phenolics is a touch of sweetness that reminds me of honey perhaps, there is also a nice toasty grain character and a corresponding toasted nutty note, this last actually becomes more and more prominent over time. After a bit the strong phenolics seem to dissipate almost to the point where I am barely noticing them any more. A solid, though subtle fruitiness starts to become noticeable in the nose as well; notes of green grapes, a touch of raisin and some aromatic plum are noticeable if you really dig for them.

Soft and creamy textured up front a peppery carbonation kicks in towards the middle and provides a bit of texture, though not enough to keep this from being creamy through to the finish. The finish has a lingering phenolic note to it that tastes of smoky plastic and smoked sea salt. The beer is lightly tart towards the middle which helps to bring out flavors of plums and raisins. There is a lightly astringent / tannic note here that combines / is a product of a nice, toasty nuttiness; this sort of adds a chewy richness to this beer that I can only assume comes from the chestnut honey, but might in fact be all malt derived. The smoky, plastic-like phenolics does seem to fade a bit with time, but it always is there, lingering in the finish. While creamy this beer is not overly heavy, it is a sipping beer but is almost light on the palate.

I didn't realize until later that this beer actually has Peat smoked malt in it (it tastes very similar to what an infection can cause); I think the peat gets a bit too phenolic at times (plastic like even), it would be much better if it was at a more subtle level as it would add to the overall richness of this brew. I had high hopes for this brew, but the smoky phenolics just get to me a bit too much for me to settle down and enjoy this. Not bad though, just not my cup of tea.

Jan 20, 2009
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stcules from Italy

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany red, with ruby edges. Beige head, beautiful, compact. A central pile of rising bubbles.
The smell is absolutely peated, smoked, with leather, smoke, tobacco.
The taste is resolutely peated, too, with again leather, tobacco, dry fruits, smoked dry chestnut.
Average in body.
A lot of peated notes in the aftertaste too.
If it warms a little, some sugary notes.

Nov 08, 2007
Torbata from Almond '22
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 27 ratings