Broad Street Barley Wine
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Barleywine - English
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3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Axic10 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the restaurant, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber/rubyish color with a thin head that quickly disappears for the rest of the drink.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, candied fruits, molasses and toffee.

Taste: Sweet bready malt, the sweetness carries through the drink. Caramel malt, candied fruits, english toffee, honey

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and it coats the mouth quite nicely.

Drinkability: I drank this too easily. Very tasty and a good barleywine from Rock Bottom. I will be having this again while they have it on draft.

Sep 07, 2010
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark foggy brown with some hints of crimson. The head started about a quarter of an inch but after a while, it fell to a slight ring.

Smelled of concentrated orange juice with a simple dirty barley malt. This was nicely blended into a bittering hops and a medicinal alcohol sting.

Tasted of gooey barley, coffee and caramel with just a pinch of maple syrup. The bittering hops came in after a while and lingered into the finish with a bitter astringent.

The mouth feel was medium to heavy bodied with an aggressive carbonation that really amplified the bitter aspects of the flavor, which wasnÂ’t a good focus.

Not too bad. This was served at about 32 degrees, so it took forever to warm up, but when it did the malt really blossomed into a respectable barley wine. However, the one-two punch of the bitterness and the carbonation really detracted from the great malt base.

Apr 23, 2006
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treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Rock Bottom in King of Prussia, PA. It came in a sniffer.
Appearance: It poured a translucent amber color with a small white head with poor retention and no lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, caramel.
Taste: Again sweet malt, caramel with a strong hop backbone.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth.
Drinkability: Much better than average.
Don't drink and review.

Sep 06, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rock Bottom KOP on 11/14/10.

A - Hazy deep orange, copper-colored body with a finger-wide dollop of creamy white foam that transformed into some subtle lacing.

S - Initial aroma combines caramel, toffee and traces of vanilla paired with a tinge of herbal hops, which impart an earthy quality. However, the sweetness of the nose never waivers.

T - Vanilla and maple syrup adds sweetness while a tinge of earthy hops add a bit of tension. Finishes with a pretty assertive herbal hop character backed by a bready maltiness.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a moderate wash of carbonation that provides an almost numbing effect on the tongue.

D - Reminded me of a hopp Marzen for some reason. This Barleywine boasts a lot of earthy and herbal hop bitterness yet still retains its sweet, malty core.

Nov 17, 2010
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rock Bottom on 9/4/08

Poured into a 10oz snifter a clear deep amber red with 1 finger of creamy light tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smells are a little faint due to the amount of smoking in the bar still, but sweet caramel, biscuit, spices, grapefruit, and pine can be picked up. Tastes of citrus and citrus rind up front followed by caramel, honey, butter, toffee, bread, cinnamon, grapes, and apples before a nice amount of grass and spicy hops, some light pine, and slight alcohol notes. Medium full in body with good carbonation. Really smooth, with a fantastic balance of bitterness and sweet with a touch of alcohol. One great barleywine that hides its 10% very well. Nice to see a local chapter of a brewpub chain able to make a strong ale as good as this is.

Sep 07, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 2007 GABF gold medal winner on tap at the brewpub under it's new name of Broad Street Bullywine. Served in a 10 oz snifter. Sorry, no big pours for the Muggers on this one. ;)

Pours a clear, deep amber (with some coppery colored highlights) and not much head at all, as it arrives with a solid retention of wispy brite-white foam all ready in place. Flares up nicely when swirled, leaving a nice cascade of lacing down the sides of the snifter. The aroma is initially fairly sweet with thick notes of caramel and some bready malts but then opens up into additional hints of spice and fresh hop character.

The taste is almost exactly the same as the aroma, with not overly assertive but more subtle, fresh, earthy, Centennial hops that slowly work the palette over with bitterness. This is extremely well balanced by rich notes of caramel, toffee, citris fruits, and bread. I can't stress how well the balance works here, leaving a bloom of bread, tang, and sweetness across the back of the palette, leaving it drenched with a hot, sticky, and bitter feel. Extremely satisfying. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a relatively viscous feel but still contains a surprising amount of carbonation that comes out between a slicker sense in the front and back of the swallow. There is definitely some warmth present but not anywhere near stinging and seems just beefy enough to spread all of those big flavors around.

Rich, full flavored, and extremely well balanced, it's really no wonder that we have a gold medal winner on our hands with this one. I'm not the type that likes huge doses of Barleywine in one sitting but this was so tasty and drank so well for it's size, that I could have easily put down another snifter of this during the sitting. Well done!

Aug 31, 2008
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Ezekiel81923 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, as always, at the brewpub.

Appearance: Sits in the snifter. Color reminds me a lot of the Virginia Tech helmet color...dark red, crimson, with some brown mixed in. Hard to describe.

Smell: Sweet, bready malts with some hop character in there as well. Some alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Bread, caramel and toffee malt notes beautifully paired with a solid hop bitterness that also lends a nice citrus flavor. Very well balanced. A little sweet and a little warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Seems to coat your mouth for a second and spread all the flavors around. A good deal of carbonation which amplifies the bitterness a little. Warm, but no sting from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This 10 ounces went down just fine. Shared it with the friends I was with and they loved it too. Might shy away from a second though as it could put me over the edge.

Great example of an English Barleywine. These guys never cease to impress me.

Oct 14, 2009
Broad Street Barley Wine from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings