Oil Of Gladness
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Oil Of GladnessOil Of Gladness
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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
112
From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  18
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing Company

Dark Horse! 3 Floyd’s! The two breweries got together to make a tribute beer paying homage to the Infantry Brigade of the Union Army during the US Civil War known as the “The Iron Brigade”. These “Black Hats” consisting of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin regimens were fierce warriors with iron dispositions without a doubt. More importantly, they were also beer drinkers and Craft Brewers and if they weren’t busy kicking some Rebel ass and encampment was anticipated for long enough, they would often turn a batch of homebrew to take on the trail to the next battle. “Oil of Gladness” was one of the many nicknames given to the beer these brave men were brewing out on the war path.

85 IBU
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 112 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by GRPunk:
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GRPunk from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle ($4.59 from Copper Vine) poured into a Mantra snifter

A- A conservative pour creates 1-finger of brown head. The body is near jet, showing darkest brown edges when held to light. The head settles to a light film and the stick left behind is great.

S- Very barleywine-like at first, big fresh leafy hops. Tobacco. Hints of chocolate come through on further inspection. Herbal hops and some raisin. Just a little booze as it reaches a warmer temperature (surprisingly masked for 11%).

T- Hmm. Hoooy with a big malt backbone. Dark chocolate, tobacco leaf. Some raisins and stewed stone fruit through the middle. Herbal hops again at the end.

M- Full bodied. A sweet middle gives way to a dry finish. Lightest hop bite. Smooth warmth masks the high ABV.

O- It's a nice sipper. My first experience with a different style (black barleywine). It's like a hoppy imperial stout or chocolatey barley wine. What I hear of both brew pubs, it sounds like a natural joint venture.

A-4 S-4.25 T-4 M-4.25 O-4

Jun 25, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- like a mix of a black ipa and barleywine
S- Smokey peet, dank hops
T- Similar to the nose, almost a smokey thing going on followed buy an intense hop aroma, like sniffing high aa pellet hops
F- Medium
O- Meh

Nov 16, 2017
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Grizzarky from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown, with a 1 finger off white cream colored head.

S: roasted malts, raisins, plums, black liquorice

T: earthy/piney hops are sharp up front but dont linger, a sweet plum/dark cherries take over, then a cocoa finish that leaves a lingering chocolate after taste. Faint notes of alcohol present.

M: rich full body, with a medium high carb. Feel is perfect for this beer.

O: A great high abv beer that doesnt quite fit the typical styles.

Oct 16, 2017
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breakingbland from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2018
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Bunuelian from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2018
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Jamison85 from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 06, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a cool hybrid concept of a black barleywine. This was a slow sipper, due to booziness but even more so because of the swirling dark flavors. Molasses, tobacco, malt forward, and woody, along with traditional American barleywine flavors. Thick and robust, this collaboration of brewers and styles was delicious!

Feb 26, 2018
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 12, 2018
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DanGeo from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jun 28, 2017
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger tax head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, plums, raisins and roasted malts.

T - The taste is piney hops, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, raisins and plums.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a my first time with a black barleywine. The flavors are somewhat reminiscent of a black ipa. The ABV make this a nice slow sipper.

Dec 12, 2017
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mcrawford from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 04, 2017
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JeffSK from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 04, 2017
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Ssippisam from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 19, 2017
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 16, 2017
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 14, 2017
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KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dec 11, 2017
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gobuccos from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 20, 2017
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chrismattlin from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nov 18, 2017
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cd34 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 03, 2018
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Cotton_27 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 09, 2020
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 08, 2017
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Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 13, 2017
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km02600 from Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 15, 2017
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 05, 2017
Oil Of Gladness from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 112 ratings