North Shore Iron Works | Right Brain Brewery

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3.78/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States
rightbrainbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with Michigan honey and Michigan maple syrup

Added by midlifec on 07-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,885
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
29
pDev:
9.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of jkblr
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz undated per label poured into a sample snifter and split between four. Bottle calls out 9.6% ABV and 40 IBU. An amber color with virtually no head or lacing at all. Aroma was sweet and boozy. Taste was sweet and boozy as well. Neither the honey or maple syrup took the lead. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, lowly carbonated and sweet. Overall, good.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pineapple_playa
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark fruits, honey and toasted malts.

T - The tastes is dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, and earthy hoppiness. The honey and maple syrup add a nice light sweetness that is not overpowering.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very solid Barleywine. The honey and maple syrup are subtle and nice depth to the flavor.

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Photo of zacky_U
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of matt_duthie
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May 21, 2015, so nearly a year old. 8.9% says thel label.
A: Great looking spritsy dark amber copper, translucent, and with a lasting cap of eggshell foam leaving pretty good lacing
S: maple syrup toffee honey sweetness. A touch of booze comes through at basement/cellar temperature.
T: Hop presence is minimal, even for the style, but just balanced enough bitterness to round out the welcome assault of honey and maple syrup. Not a fruit-forward or especially complex barleywine, but solidly enjoyable. Almost old-ale like ( a la Curmudgeon or Old Stock Ale). Lingering honey and maple sweetness that I'm not complaining about, really pronounced honey flavors..
F: full-bodied to thick, the honey really coats the tongue and it's smooth as can be, really. Carbonation is spot-on.
O: I really like this beer. I think there are a few bottles of the more recent waxed batch still around here, I'll probably pick at least another up at $9/22oz. Solid, if slightly different take on an English BW by a Michigan brewer. Recommended.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.9% according to my 2015 bottle. One of the better brews I've had from Right Brain.

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Photo of lochef81
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be, knowing that honey and maple syrup were used. Pleasantly balanced, no alcohol burn and the flavor for style was clear. I will try this again.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a light amber color with a small head and little lacing. A little hazy. Smells kind of sweet and I do pick up some maple in there. Strong malt smell, as well as a little floral and grape odors. Taste is definitely malt forward. Pretty sweet up front, but a good amount of bitterness on the back end. Does not seem hoppy, so I'm not sure the bitter is much of a good thing. Also picking up some honey, toffee, a little cherry. Has a good body, but is a little harsh.

A pretty decent barleywine and the maple was an interesting addition. Had it about 6 months in the bottle, maybe I should have waited a few more months.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/10/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, toast, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, toast, herbal, light pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, toast, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming that lingers after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barelywine style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A bit hot right now, but not overwhelming. I will definitely grab some more for aging. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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North Shore Iron Works from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 29 ratings