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Barleywine - American
3.39 | pDev: 24.78%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing Company
Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 243 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this to a March Madness bottle share a few years ago. Pours brown, dark caramel with rust kind of color and a lot of sediment or something that isn't entirely liquid floating throughout the beer. Aroma was maris otter, unsweeteened cola, hops and their bitterness.

Taste, actually enjoyable, substantial bitterness, alpha hops, this seems like an American barleywine blasted through and American double india pale ale. The caramel keeps coming at you like a PacNW ipa from yesteryear with a bunch of Cascade like hops. There is also a dark fruit like presence as if there was a quad yeast or something used here. Interesting mix of stuff from different styles going on here. Lots of alcohol, its a cold night sipper or something you should share with a few people. Good in small quantities, but after that it got to be somewhat challenging to finish.

Nov 05, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly I had this the same evening I had tactical nuclear penguin. It's peaty, smokey and boozy. Like a less boozy TNP. I think those who didn't like it were expecting your typical barrel aged beer. This one is different, worth trying and better than advertised.

May 27, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, this beer was brewed in August of 2010 and is best before 2016.

Not a particularly appealing beer looks-wise, this beer has lots of sediment visible in the cloudy, muddy brown liquid. The head was about a quarter finger thick, fizzy and rapidly dissipated into a thin lace at the center of the beer. There's steady carbonation apparent and not much else of note.

I get a lot of raisin on the nose, as well as the peaty aroma of whiskey, some boozy astringency and dark fruit. The raisin and peat are most prominent. There's also a bit of a smoky charcoal aroma.

Woosa, this beer is very whiskey-like! A huge, smokey, peaty flavor hits the mouth immediately and lingers strongly on my tongue. With the highly carbonated mouthfeel, this adds a tingling tongue sensation that almost reminds me of what a Seven and Seven would feel and taste like. There are some sweet caramelly notes and earthy hops in there too, it just takes a minute to discover them with the intensity of the previously mentioned flavor notes. As I continue to drink, the raisin notes from the nose emerge a bit as well.

I don't detect any alcohol astringency, despite the whiskey presence, so the beer drinks relatively smoothly. The aftertaste is intense and not faint for the heart, if smokiness and charcoal don't sound appealing to you, I don't advise drinking this, however, I am enjoying it.

I'd say there are deficiencies with this beer and it's not perfect, but it is quite an adventure and a beer I'm not likely to forget. However, I think I paid a pretty penny for this beer and can't justify that again.

Feb 26, 2014
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bark from Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is brown-red (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick beige head sinks slowly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet-tart with some smokey notes. Band-aid, cream, gooseberries, red currants and some toffee. Quite a lot of alcohol.

The taste is very woody. It is dry with distinct high alcohols. Whiskey, salt and butterscotch. Quite a lot of oaked notes and some green fruits. Medium body. The aftertaste got hot alcohol, oak and whiskey flavours. The finish is rather smooth with wooden notes.

The carbonation is quite strong. The small bubbles are long lasting in the mouth. The liquid is dry and a bit harsh.

An experimental brew that probably was more fun to make than to drink (at least after a few years).

Feb 08, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with a fluffy two finger head with low retention and floating particles.
Predominant aroma of smoked ham, earthy hops, spices, caramels and peat-ashes duet.
Taste follows nose and definitely a sipper. Flavor of peppery yeast, peat, vanilla, oak, whisky, lots of resiny hops and a citrus, sulfur and earthy hint. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% abv is well hidden.
Not that complex, but still an excellent assertive choice of Barley Wine for whisky lovers. Nevertheless, if you never liked good Scotch and it is expecting a fruity Barley Wine, don't pour it in the drain, simply don't open the bottle and send it to my address. We'll both be thankful.

Dec 31, 2013
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lancecenter from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was just ridiculous.

A - Amber color with two fingers of head and decent lacing.

S - Smoke, oily hops, alcohol. Mostly smoke. A lot of smoke.

T/M - Smoke, burnt rubber, scotch.

O - This is just an onslaught on the palate. It would be worth the try for $1.30, but not for the $13.00 I paid for it.

Oct 06, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Man, what I wouldn't give to be able to order one of these from some nice young lass at a bar... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a finger of liht khaki foam. The nose comprises burnt toffee, peat smoke, booze, light vinyl, and pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, with the combined forces of booze, peat, and resin forming a horrible gauze-dipped-in-gasoline-and-set-on-fire flavor that makes it nigh impossible to drink easily. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, the peat was just too strong in this beer. I'm a fan of the smokier Scotch brands out there, but this just overdoes things in the worst ways.

Aug 18, 2013
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this stored almost a year I'd say. Lets try it now even though I fear I'm not going to dig this style. This poured burnt reddish brown with a trace of a head. Can see through the color and I struggle to see bubbles.
Smells better than I thought as I get some hops right away. There's also heavy malts, and a roasted but bitter coffee/ cocoa scent. Interesting. My first impression reminded me of the black IPA style from the couple of times I tried that style. Lets see how the taste goes..
Smoky ok. .and smooth for the high abv. I might add. The finish is borderline brash with the alcohol. I guess that's the alcohol and whiskey heat of this beast. But the smokiness sits well with me since I recently tried Alaskan's great porter with the smoked flavors and this brew is nice in that way, up front it is at first. It's the somewhat brash lingering, metallic aftertaste that takes something away for me. Maybe this would have been better if i waited a year or 2 longer? Or it could be i dont like this style. It's big on the malts. The more i sip, the warmer it gets, the more i recall whiskey. This is like a carbonated whiskey with heavier smoked notes.

Mar 01, 2013
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby-copper with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, oak, whiskey, vanilla, peat, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, some citrus hops and hop bitterness, a touch of toasted oak, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, oakey, and sweet finish.

D - Good bold barrel character and the base beer stands up to it.

Jan 11, 2013
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SPThirtyThree from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous deep rubywith an ecru crumbly head. A finger-deep head collapses to a creamy fine foam.

S: A blast of toasty oak yields to coconut and pine. It's so oakey that the oak, rather than malt, seems to be the backbone of the beer. Atop this whiskey cask of a ship rides tart, hot odors. There is a phenolic musk that lends the smell of black pepper and cardamom. It has a distinct leathery character.

T: The beer is hot and tastes like a peatey scotch. The heat, oak and hops are a bit too intense for me. Hop resin mingles with the alcoholic heat. Contrary to the scent, there is a malty character, and a full, it touches off the creamy, big bodied mouthfeel. The more it drniks, the more it warms, and I'm reminded of cigars and leather couches and cognac. On a cigar and whiskey night, this would be a perfect nightcap. Tonight, though, it walks the line of drinkability.

The beer is almost entirely alcohol and smoke, but a sweet malt sneaks in behind the bolder flavors. These combine with the peated flavors to make a sticky, tarry flavor.

Despite the harshness of the flavors, there's never a dull moment sipping this warmer.

Jan 03, 2013
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heygeebee from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From iphone notes

Murky brown, no head, light spotting

Peat on nose, smoke, very complex

Taste is malt and hop complex. Smokes, malts, peat, full bodied. Very much an American barley wine with hops, but scotch flavours all over it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied. No sharp edges

Overall pleased to have kept for a year

Nov 11, 2012
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jgasparine from Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin light-tan head, which quickly receded. The body was a ruddy brown color with no visible signs of carbonation. No lacing, but it's got some legs.

S- A moderately strong nose of thick malts, and pine resin hop aromas. There's this weird synthetic chemical note in there as well. Strange.

T- Big malts are met with a slightly peaty scotch note, before being overtaken by these huge solvent and hop flavors. Solvent flavor could possibly be due to higher alcohols. Hop bitterness kicks-in towards the finish, with big resiny flavors coming through. The peat from the scotch re-emerges once again with that chemical note for a sustained, nasty finish.

M- Big, chewy body. Soft carbonation. Hot with EtOH. Low astringency. A nice body.

Overall- Highly disappointed with this one. It's all over the place with incongruous flavors. Sadly a drain pour.

Oct 29, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nope. this is a hard miss. it pours a fine enough looking dark dark brown color, minimal light passing through, and a decent bubbly tan head. the nose is disgusting though. it smells like dry erase markers, straight up. maybe some cig butts too, but man, i cannt get past the dry erase marker smell. its smells like poisin. the flavor is only marginally better, some tobacco notes and some bitter burnt malt, but still that marker vibe. feel is irrelevant at this point, but its got decent carbonation and a full body. nothing but marker and booze, how did they create this? its terrible, one of the worst craft beers ive tasted in a long long time. huge letdown for my first 3 floyds product. never again with this thing.

Oct 27, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks MrKennedy for sending this one! The beer poured out as a muddy looking brown color. The head was soapy and white. There is a decent retention but no lacing. The smell of this beer is smokey... It also gives off aromas of earthy malt and some boozy sweetness too. The taste gives off a big Islay cask smoked flavor... Something BrewDog does very well. It's not salty tasty which is good. The other subtle flavors that come through are malt and some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, it's got some depth to it. There is a creaminess in the finish blending with the smoke. Overall this beer isn't terrible. I didn't expect it to be cask aged... But all in all I drank it but I wouldn't need to have it again.

Oct 27, 2012
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hoody711 from Illinois

2.54/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Having recently moved from Chicago (great beer) to Houston (terrible beer), I pounced on this bottle when I saw the FFF skull. Little deflated when I got home and looked up the ratings. Oh well, for a dollar an ounce, it has to be good, right? And everyone else is wrong?

A - poured into my tulip, moderate vigor. (That sentence reeks of pretense.) Anyways, deep indian red, almost just plain brown. It's the color of the bottle, actually. Half a finger of head that sticks around. Pretty beer.

S - boozy. Then more boozy. Yeah, 11.5%. It's almost chemical. Are there spices or anything else in this? I can't get past the above. Apparently this is peat? Kind of unpleasant. Makes me not want to drink it. But you know, for science...

T - hmm, it's interesting. Rich and malty at the front, smooth and nice. Then morphs to kind of a chemical vegetableness, then there's the alcohol that just can't stay quiet, and it leaves just a huge burn on your palate. Doesn't really scream "have another sip!" Yikes. I'm biased against this type of beer, but this is rough.

M - starts nice and velvety, coats the palate, and definitely warms you up. If you can get past the taste, it's pretty good in this category.

O - no thanks. I like weird and adventurous beers, but this is a little too crazy and totally unbalanced. I'm not drain-pouring, but only because it cost me $12 for a bottle. Moving on quickly after it's gone.

Edit: 25% below the mean. Rough times for me. You guys have better appreciation than me I guess. In good conscious, however, I can't change any of the ratings. The taste and smell are just way too disagreeable.

Sep 29, 2012
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kevanb from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.16oz bottle poured into a Firestone Walker snifter

The beer pours a nice burgundy color, hues of maroon, caramels and ambers when struck by the light, a nice tan head rises out of the beer, almost a finger tall that has moderate retention and recedes into a thin film resting atop the beer, great showing around the rim of the glass. The head is very easily resummoned with a flick of the glass but leaves no lacing. The aroma is a bit odd, lots of peated malt as to be expected, very smokey, ashy, earthy, some unpleasant vegetal aromas mix with the alcohol heat and it almost feels like there are some sort of spicy peppers in the beer, not what I was looking forward to. The flavors are better, but still a bit muddled, starts with smooth rich dark malts, then instantly transitions to strong peat and smoked flavors, dark fruits with touches of caramel and bourbon. Lingering alcohol heat again produces some off flavors that come across like a spicy adjunct, if it wasn't for that one off note, I feel like this could be a very strong beer, the peats are in line, the malts and sweet, rich and super smooth, the flavors are very well integrated, the lingering aftertaste really kills this one for me. Nice rich body, nice carbonation levels, just enough liveliness to keep it from being too syrupy and overly rich, nice finish, a bit dry for the style, coats the mouth without being cloying.

Verdict: A really ambitious attempt here and it's so close to being a massive triumph, unfortunately the vegetal flavors combining with the heat from the alcohol gets the better of this beer. A shame really as every other aspect was balanced and expressed very well.

Sep 17, 2012
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biggred1 from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky Amber with a tan head that instantly shrinks to a collar and leaves a skim of foam and a few bubbles on the surface. Tiny scraps of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is peaty....real peaty, smoked peat and band-aid notes with a barely noticeable whiff of the beer underneath. A Scotch bomb! This is the ballsiest beer of all time, the flavors are dominated by peaty oak and smoke with a lot of the caramelized sugars and vanilla bean flavors imparted by the barrel. The beer itself is a little lost in the mix of powerful tannins and oak but the underlying malt bomb is nice and malty with some hop flavor and plenty of warming alcohol. Medium full bodied with plenty of sugars and tannins to smash the palate on impact. I like this beer but it is ridiculous, way overdone and completely unbalanced. Still surprisingly fun to drink for the adventurous. I am in the minority but I really dig this brew.

Sep 13, 2012
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Jsenay from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into white wine glass

A - Pours a dark amber almost brown with a small head that goes away in about a minute leaving a thick lacing.

S - Whiskey/single-malt scotch, band-aids, oak, sugar, decayed veggies, rubbing alcohol

T - Leather, sweet malt, smoke, musty, earthy, lots of peat malt and vegetate flavors, warming alcohol.

M - It is very mouth coating with a syrupy sweetness that leads into a smokey vegetate finish with a minute tartness and heavy dryness. Leaves a peat-like/smoked aftertaste that lingers with an alcohol heat.

O - Tastes a lot like a single malt whiskey with mouth feel and flavor. If there had been no carbonation, I would have pinned this for a single malt in itself. It has a nice syrupy smooth body due to the malted barley in addition to the peat malt which imparts the smokiness. An interesting offer that gets more flavor pronounced as it warms. This is definitely not for everybody but, is a fun one to drink due to the sheer amount of ingredients put into it.

Sep 08, 2012
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle capped with a BrewDog cap.

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin of white head that quickly dissipated. Smells of booze, peated malts and some ripe fruits. I had this in February in Europe and the nose was stronger than 7 months later. First sip is wonderful with all the flavors I love from Islay. WoW – the peated Islay malt rocks this beer. It is unique and wonderful. Along with the peat there is some smoke but less than I thought and a tad less than I remember. Mouthfeel is just ok (average) as it is thin but well carbonated. If you like Laphroaig and Ardbeg, seek this puppy out. I can see why this beer has such a low rating as most BA’s on here really do not get the beauty of peat and smoke. Damn good beer!

Sep 04, 2012
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dauss from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Appears to be a 12oz. bottle, but the label says it is only 11.16 Fl. Oz. Batch: 096. Best Before: 19-03-16.

Appearance: It is a murky dull brown color. Really a bad looking beer, but when held up to the light and directly looked at from opposite the light source, it is a deep amber with intense ruby highlights, and actually quite bright. Odd that it could be so extreme with the appearance. A small white tan head forms and has excellent retention.

Smell: Wow, that is a ton of peat. It's like someone poured a glass Lagavulin or Ardbeg. It's got some high alcohol bite to it as well, burning the nostrils with the high alcohol content. It's just boozy, but not hot or solventy. That peat just overwhelms everything and not much else can be picked out from the aroma.

Taste: Definitely a lot more peat here as well. Deep and intense smokiness, but lacking the malt sweetness I normally associate with a barleywine. A brief but moderate bitterness lingers on the palate and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: It's thin. Lacking that full bodied chewy malt character.

Overall: Just to preface, I love Islay single malts. Smokier the better. This beer however, it very lackluster. One dimensional with a lot of peat character. It's not that I don't like the peat, it is that there is no balance in the beer. Too much peat, barleywine character is weak and thin.

Aug 10, 2012
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brokensail from California

2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Smoke, peat, and booze are the best way to describe the aroma. Some caramel, toffee, and bready malt. It's actually decently fruity, as well. The flavor almost choked me. Wood, peat, smoke, and alcohol are just dominating. The fruit and malt flavors are not really allowed to be on display here. Just awful stuff.

Aug 07, 2012
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chugalug06 from Colorado

1.68/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Large tan foamy head rises form a very dark redish brown brew.

Smells like a tire. Way too much smoked malt. Too much peat too.

Taste is like licking a tire. Bitter and over whelming, in a bad way. Syrup-y and way too thick. No hops are present. Way too much peat, BLAH! Nice carbonation.

Horrible mess!!! This is the last 3 Floyds Collab brew I'll buy. I paid $12 to drain pour.. This brew is awful, if you feel other wise BM me and we can discuss it's upside. How would either brewery want their name attached to this brew??

Aug 07, 2012
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brystmar from Texas

1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

How do you soil the Three Floyds name? Collaborate with Mikkeller and/or BrewDog!

Ugly pour, dirty brown with mild head. Smells godawful... So much peat; reminiscent of licking the underside of your hiking boots after spending a week in the forest. Taste isn't much better, with smokey peat malt and dirty socks everywhere you turn. Perfect beer to unclog your drain.

Aug 04, 2012
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ESPNman from California

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown, looks thick coming out of the bottle. Slight hint of head that dissipates quickly leaving virtually no trace behind.

S - Pretty standard barleywine. Sweet malts with a bit of caramel and only a hint of the scotch / peat to be had on the taste.

T - Yep, this was definitely barrel aged in Scotch barrels. Big smokey, salty, peaty notes overwhelm what was once a probably pretty good barleywine. This is one seriously meaty beer.

M - Viscous, but with more carbonation than I would have expected. Overall a very balanced and surprisingly mellow mouthfeel. For a beer this big I would have expected something heavier and thicker.

O - Good beer, but not great. I think they went a little too far with the aging in Scotch barrels, or perhaps chose too peaty of a scotch. Maybe aging it a while longer will help mellow out the flavors.

Served in a Stone IRS Snifter.

Jul 30, 2012
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JustinMatthew from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up by a friend in Chicago, poured into a Brooklyn Brewing Tulip glass.

Pours a murky brown color with a quickly dissipating head. Smell is peat, smokey. Taste is Smokey, oak, Some whiskey and bacon. Very boozy. Slightly bitter and pretty delicious. Id drink this again if I had the chance.

Jul 17, 2012
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