Bluster Barleywine | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ygtbsm94 on 02-06-2014

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Ratings:
12
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 12
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3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours lighter than one might expect. It looks more like a saison or lighter-colored IPA than what I expect from a barleywine. It is a clear, dirty-to-orangish yellow pour, with a decent head and lacing.

The smell is hard to distinguish at the bar, but seems to have a little wine-like bitter-sweetness to it.

The taste has a (typical) un-beer-like sweetness to it, more white-raisin, sweet grape, or apricot in nature. It's the "lighter side" of a dark fruit flavor. It reminds me oh so slightly of some of DFH beer-wine pairings. There is a dry piney-ness that cuts the citrus edge of the initial taste.

Overall I am really questioning whether this fits the barleywine standards. It seems closer to a fruity saison, or a fruit-based pale ale hybrid. Regardless of the category, it is an interesting and tasty beer. I hope my review portrays the enjoyable nature of the beer as well as its debatable categorization. For pure enjoyability, I'd rate this about a third a point higher.

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Bluster Barleywine from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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