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T2-R9 Barleywine | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Only brewed once, this big, bad, barleywine style ale is a monster. Complex malt and hops married together and still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. Yum!

Added by joepais on 05-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mtnbikerpa:
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has been aged about 2 years at this point. Poured a deep amber color with about 2 inches of head. As I drank it sticky lacing on the mug. Nice mellow malty flavors, caramel, mellow dark fruits such as figs, prunes were noticeable. The alcohol was somewhat warming but not overpowering. I had a sample of this brew about 6 months ago, it has aged very nicely.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a dark amber color with a small off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma on the light side. Citrus, caramel, and booze.

Taste came through better. caramel and citrus. a bit on the boozy side.

An aggressive beer meant to be sipped and savored.

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Photo of mikeale
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of TMath524
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at the pub.

Light fluffy head clear nectar orange color.

Nose strong amber malts, light earthy malts and yeast, little candy malts, hint of smoked wheat, little earthy hop.

Taste semi sweet, fluffy smooth rich candy that leads to lots of vanilla and buttery oak like despite the waitress saying there was no oak, then lots of chewy spicy hops with nice bitterness. Little esters and some fruity flavors, caramel and toffee. Finish is spicy hops, hint metallic twing from yeast but good flavor, toffee and vanilla.

Mouth fuller bod, rich smooth creamy, good carb little booze.

Overall very nice, great malts, nice vanilla that seems like it came from oak but apparently not so not sure how it got there but tasty, hops are not the best but otherwise good.

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Photo of MaineMike
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a clear, vibrant, toffee-copper coloring with a thin, filmy coating of head. Aromas of rich malty sweetness with nutty highlights. Flavors of heavy, tangy, nutty malt explode on the tastebuds, followed by a mild, subtle wet hops presence. Tangy, slightly citrus and boozey aftertaste, with a lingering booze character. The finish is rich, slick, and alcohol laced. No mistaking this heavy beer while you drink.

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Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare Res on 2/4/12 into a 12 oz snifter.

A: copper orange, one finger white head, good lacing.

N: floral. Roasty malts. A hint of hoppiness in background.  A hint of alcohol on the nose.

T: roasted malts, sweet honey, brown sugar, actually pretty hoppy as well with a bitter aftertaste. Extremely well balanced for a barleywine.

M: smooth, a bit of alcohol heat but not much considering the 11.2%.

O: extremely approachable and well balanced barleywine.  I'm very impressed.  Highly recommend.

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Photo of ToasterChef
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber brown color with no head, and no carbonation.

S - The aroma is very mild, way too mild for my liking. This could stand to have some more punch in the aroma department. I didn't give a description because I had a difficult time trying to distinguish the various aromas...it was that faint.

T - Big amounts of toffee, molasses, brown sugar, figs, and very boozy. There's also a little bit of toffe and is slightly peppery. I agree, this beer would fare well after being aged for at least a year to let all the flavors blend and gain some complexity. The alcohol is warming and on the heavier side of mild.

M - Heavy and full bodied, semi-dry finish, smooth, and sticky. The sweetness accounts for the majority of the taste while the hop bitterness is just enough to keep things in check.

D - Is good, not the best I've ever had, but I am enjoying it and it's definitely worth trying out. Marshall Warf brews some really nice beers, I wish I could get their stuff in PA.

My description varies from the previous review, especially in taste. It could have been two different kegs or for other reasons, I had a different experience with my glass of T2 - R9. The faint aroma really killed this beer, wish it had more.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Owner said that this batch has 14 months on it. From notes. On tap at the brewery.

Clear, reddish amber, pretty active, thick off white head and good retention. Some lacing early, but it washes away. Very attractive.

Rich, sweet, fairly strong boozy esters, and a decent dosing of hops struggling to be noticed. Too hot for a 4.

Very rich and sweet caramel malty, but well balanced by aggressive hopping. Modest bitterness, but not as boozy as the nose. Smooth, balanced and complex.

Rich, full bodied, strong warming, and thick viscosity.

Monster sized but very tasty sippper. Well done.

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Photo of joepais
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a glutton for punishment my first brew when I entered the building was this big old barleywine. The brew was a nice toffee brown in color and it had a tan colored head that went to a good lace.

This to me this brew was young as well it was very hot in the nose but very hoppy as well. Flavors were very hot from the alcohol with almost no sweetness from the grains. It finished extremely hoppy and bitter. The feel in my mouth was medium and it had tons of carbonation.

I had one glass and that was it because it is so big. It was a good barleywine but extremely young in my book. There is a lot of potential in this one I like to see it with about a 8 months on it

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Photo of DreamsOfMarshallWharf
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on the outdoor eating area at Marshall Wharf.

A - Poured into a standard PINT glass a slightly hazy copper hue with a one finger creamy head that left good thick side lacing.

S - Aromas of nice old hops, malts, caramel, toffee vanilla delicious notes really.

T - Taste is really good. Lots of older hops ans malts which lead to an almost tuttifruiti taste. Nice sweet sticky caramel sauce. Really nice with light alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for a barleywine. Actually light carbonation which is nice and light.

O - Overall this beer was very enjoyable. Super flavors of hops and malts. Delicious.

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Photo of ElGallo
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bier of the night during the 09DEC11 visit with Alewife. After 2 half-pints of other concoctions, I opted for a pint of their barleywine, named for one of the many ungoverned areas of Maine wilderness which have only codes, not real names. This was, I believe, only their second batch ever made, and was still "relatively" young.

My glass held a clear, golden-copper offering. A steady stream of fine carbo bubbled forth, and the head was a lasting layer of creamy, off-white foam. As the liquid ebbed, some attractive lacework filled the void. T2-R9 had a lovely aroma, with great rindy citrus notes filling the air. Body? Oh yeah!! Medium-plus, bordering on having some chewiness, and satiny smooth.

Subtle, lip-smacking sweetness with light caramel first pleased the palate. Then, it was great hops and more. Piney, resiny notes held on everywhere, with the pithy grapefruit making an extended, and welcome, stay. This one REALLY hit the spot, damn straight! Oh, for a growler of this... Prosit!!

4.4 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of rderedin
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

T2-R9 Barleywine from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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