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American Barleywine
Ranked #116
Ranked #11,917
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Broue Pub Brouhaha
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Reviews by oldp0rt:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of charlesw
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, hey, big scores across the board on this one! This is awfully close to what the beer should be, IMO.

What I'm going to do, here, is to say how it could be perfect (as opposed to giving a straight review of it). 'Kay?

To be perfect for looks I'd want it a touch darker and to have the head last a few more minutes (it's already got a lot going on both of these, eh, otherwise it wouldn't be a 4.5).

In the nose I'd like a touch less of the vinous/prune. Yeah, it's subtle, but it's there - a touch of English barleywine to it, you know? It is all kinds of yummy the way it is in earthy, grassy hops and heavy caramel malts but just a little less prune (there isn't much!) and you'll make me happier!

It has a bit, again, of the prune to the taste. Still, very nice balance of sweet and bitter aside from that one ding. I could go with a little more bitter for a little more balance and a little less prune but, still, very nice.

I'd also like it a bit chewier - just a little thicker in the mouth to be my perfect barleywine.

It's a bit steep in price and that's not helping me in the overall category... But still very nice! Glad I read enough on this site to know that I'd want to have more than one of these! Thanks to all of you reviewers for putting down enough notes and enough specifics so that I can get a clue that it's pretty close to what I want!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft through the Randall: Poured a medium amber color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention. Aroma is totally dominated by huge floral notes with definitive resin notes. Taste is also a super nice mix between light caramel malt and toffee which are completely overshadowed by loads of floral and resinous notes which are quite exquisite. Body is about average with good carbonation and unsurprisingly totally dominated by hops. Very well done and a very nice discovery overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap sample at Mondial 2010.Dry hopped, good barleywine. Well hopped, some Simcoe. Amber coloured body with a small amount of white head. Hop aromas. Caramel malts offset, some orange citrus. Above average mouthfeel. carbonation appropriate.Good drinkability.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle via glouglouburp- pours a hazy burnt caramel colour. Not much for head or lacing. Nose- strong pine and caramel/tofee. Very rich Taste- very sweet toffee, oranges, nutty. pretty much a malt bomb where the nice pine in the nose doesn't carry through in the taste. Lingering sweet finish.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to freud for this one! Awesome hook-up! Brewed at Brasseurs Illimites.

11.2oz brown glass twist-top bottle. "Matured 8 months, brewed 2009."

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with some thin, but staying creamy tan head.

Nose is fatter than fat with sticky sweet caramel malt and some sticky fresh hops. Nose reminds me of NC Old Stock. Some faint peat notes and a little tiny whisper of smoked malt.

Palate is creamy and sweet. Lots and lots of dry-roasted barley. Caramel and a little sweet like saccharine. Carbonation is creamy, there is some faint bitterness, but it seems to be equally from the hops and the malt.

Notes: Really tasty and very mellow for how sweet and alcoholic it is. Would gladly drink this again...and again...and again!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with some creamy ringing, leaving back a moderately rich cascade of foamy lacing which slowly drips down the sides. The aroma smells of brown sugar, caramel, herbal hops, pine, thick grains, spice, and sweet warmth. There’s a lot going on here and it all has a nice rich depth in the nose.

The taste is similar, with toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, herbal hops, resins, grainy toast, and a good bit of bold spicy sweetness from that big ABV. This finishes dry and warm with lingering notes of pine, spice, and pith. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a mellow prickliness up front that gives way to a huge mouth filling creaminess as this spreads out. Alcohol lingers with some strength but never gets overly hot in the mouth.

This was nice, being an easy sipping bruiser of an American Barleywine, with plenty of burnt sugars and bold sweetness going on with it that are thankfully held in check by an equally assertive hop and spice presence here. I’d love to see what a barrel could do to this.

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Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Directly at the brewpub, ABV listed as 11.9%.

Nice lacing with rust colored body. Flavor is a bit hoppy but lots of banana, some cloves, toffee, burnt caramel and even some tropical fruit and apricots. Mouth coating feel and alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to flipper2gv for this. 341ml bottle. Pours a deep clear reddish-amber color with an off-white head that leaves some film on the beer and a thick ring. Nice spicy aroma that hints of cinnamon red hot candies and ripe fruits, as well as sweet toffee malts and some hop resins. The flavor is a little on the sweet side, but pretty good besides that. Big English toffee on the malt, sugar plum, orange, and molasses, with a mildly hoppy finish. The level of booziness is about what you'd expect, and the carbonation is on the softer side. This starts off pretty good, but eventually the sweetness wears on you, hampering the drinkability. Good to get some nice Canadian ticks in though.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says its 11.9% ABV.

Copper color beer, clear. Little foam forms up on top of the beer. Nice carbonation. Very rich aroma of fruits (dark), floral too. A very good aroma sweet and strong at the same time. The aroma reveals a complex beer with a lots of different stuff in the nose.

On the taste, it is pretty intense. Strong! Malty with a bitter finish with some warmth. Still it feels smooth in the mouth. Alcohol is present. Rich and complex but still balanced.

This is truly a sipper. Sit on a cold day and read a book or watch a movie drinking this one slowly.

A very good barleywine. Complex, Rich and Balanced.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very nice burnt orange color. Fully translucent with off white creamy looking head. Good retention and good lacing.

S: Very hop forward barleywine. You get huge candied orange, tangerines and piny hops. Very juicy. Very sweet malts too. Very strong caramel, maple syrup and molasses. Also other fruits like: red apples, raisins, sweet cherries and figs. Extremely good smelling beer.

T: Again, it goes very well with the smell. There are lots of fruits from the hops: candied orange and tangerines mostly with other tastes of piny hops. Very sweet again: strong caramel malts, maple syrup and molasses. Again, lots of red apples, raisins, sweet cherries and figs. Superb tasting barleywine.

M: Very full body, sticky and everything. Low carbonation as well. Superb.

D: This is a sipper. With all the near cloying sweet taste and strong hops tastes, one will be enough. Still, it is soo good I have no trouble finishing this one.

All in all, this is my absolute favorite barleywine (even better than Old Ruffian, IMO) and damn close to be my favorite all time beer. An absolute must if you are in Quebec.

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Photo of slowfade
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

473ml 2016 can poured into tulip 11/5/16 cheers mathieuc for the can via CaNBIF

A clear amber liquid with just a few streams of tiny slow bubbles, an angry dump down the middle pumps out a thick film of short lived foam that leaves no lace, about what I'd expect at 11.9%, wide legs try to form on the side

S candied mango, dried pineapple and apricots, floral and piney hops, lots of soft caramel and burnt brown sugar, a hint of booze but I'd never guess it's nearly 12%

T still has dried and candied fruit working for it, lots of caramel and brown sugar, some lemon, and grapefruit rind, maybe a hint of tobacco, tastes aged but with a strong hop presence, they must've used a lot of malt and hops to make this stuff

M syrupy and thick, not quite flat but fairly still yet it seems to works with the weight, its crazy smooth for the strength, very little heat going down and how they concealed all that booze is beyond me, oily inside the mouth but a little sticky on the lips, brown sugar and candied fruit just keep going

O I'm wondering if 11.9% in a typo, overly drinkable for a fresh BW of this strength and it's so mellow yet hoppy fresh I don't even know if I'd want to age it

This one hits all the spots, heaps of hops but with a big enough malt backbone to keep it in check and somehow makes a massive amount of booze all but invisible, I want more of this stuff for sure

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Photo of eat
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear glowing amber body with an off-white head which fades to a hazy cover. Some lacing.

Tons of malt, as you would hope. Lots of sweet caramel, bready, little burnt sugar, some slightly citrusy hops, bit of dusty age (bottle says brewed 2009), faint honey/flowers. No alcohol. Pretty wicked smelling stuff.

While the sweet smell is great, the same sugar comes out in the mouth and ends up a bit much. It's still drinkable enough but I would prefer some extra hops and more of an earthy element to balance out the semi-cloying sweetness. There's a picture involving a Randall on the label; maybe this is how they intended it be served? No off flavours, it's just not totally balanced. Sugary malt with hops following along in the background; hint of pine, little grapefruit rind and a touch of the same cat piss I've noticed in one of their other brews at the brewpub. It's not unpleasant but maybe I'd prefer if they used less Simcoe. A bit of ethanol shows up on the way down. The finish is slightly drying but could be cool if it was intensified.

The feel is a bit strange. I'd like if its medium-light body was a little fuller and while the carbonation is low, something ends up feeling foamy; like it's leaving some kind of frothy residue in your mouth. Can't say I've encountered such a feel before and can't say I'm too into it.

It's been rare that I'm impressed by a Canadian barley wine and this isn't an exception unfortunately. It's okay. Anyway, it's always cool to see a Canadian brewery trying challenging stuff and their brewpub on de Lorimier is awesome. Looking forward to more bottles from Brouhaha but I won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The randalled version of this won my vote and was my favorite beer of Mondial Montréal 2010. Hope this 341ml bottle brings back some good memories.
Label shows a character riding some sort of randall rocket. Which I'm not sure is appropriate but whatever, it's funny.

Real glad to have found this but don'tknow how fresh my bottle is because the label isn't making it easy.

A- Deep amber. Beautiful and clear with lots of pretty slow moving bubbles. Head didn't last very long but it might be due to residue in the glass. Beige yellow cream with a long lasting leg but spotty lacing.

S- Smells like a barleywine! Deep liquory pine and cotton candy. Caramel malt. Not much more to say other than it smells great and full.

T- If candied mahogany was a thing, this would taste like it. Great. Some of the best alcohol flavour I've ever had the chance to taste in a beer. I don'tknow how old this is but there's still some nice fresh hop flavour left in the background although there's also some boiled veggie in the mix as well.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Like syrup but with some pretty lively carbonation to keep it reasonably refreshing. Finish is great: just dry enough to keep it crisp, but a little syrupy and silky so you can keep enjoying even after the sip.

D- Very good. Because it tastes so good. A satisfying beer. Not even half a bottle and I can feel the alcohol already so watch out.

Definitely not as much of a hop punch as the randall draft version but definitely good. I actually thought this was a DIPA when I tasted it at Mondial.
Maybe not incredible if you regularly drink barleywines but I would, and probably will, recommend it to many (as I did at the Mondial)

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby red beer with a small head and lots of lacing, almost no carbonation visible. At first in the nose you get a huge hop smell (grapefruits, banana, lemons, limes, grapes) almost smells like a fruit juice. It's way more sweet in the mouth, intense caramel taste, some toasted malts too and wine flavor is noticeable. With a really bitter and hoppy finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. I have been sitting on this one for well over a year and forgot I had it. Can't remember who sent this one to me anymore...

Poured in to snifter.

A - Dark copper with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel with raising and figs.

T - Sweet up front with warming alcohol and a fairly noticeable hop presence that adds some floral notes (impressive considering the age). Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins. A very nice overall palate.

M - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jmpizzo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DrAtomik
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on Dec 13th 2011
Version 2011
Snifter glass

Appeareance; Pours a heavy reddish-brown, seems moderately carbonate with a inch of creamy beige head.

Smell: Fruity with a good caramel presence, sweety.

Taste: Sweet, caramelly and fruity. Good hop level and taste to balance sweetness. Alcohol doesn't taste harsh and support well the long and spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Big, full body, a little creamy. Carbonation is mederate for the style.

Overall: Very good. I'd drink that by a fire in a cold winter after a day outside into a snowstorm.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one!

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep brown-amber with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell. Big sweet caramel, candied fruits, a little bit of coffee liquer.

Taste. Brown sugar, a little coffee and canned fruit salad. Some resiney hops in the end, just a little bitter. A little boozy, but not bad considering the abv.

Mouthfeel. Full body with fairly low carbonation.

Overall. Solid barleywine.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Bugs318
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed from tulip glass with feet up on the table and Neil Young wailing

Appearance: pours a very nice head with fine foam that stick around; dark tawny so as to be almost black, although the head is light

Aroma: spicy yeast, and something like the woods of a thick forest

Taste & Mouthfeel: very smooth; alcohol is intense - feel it all the way down and up the nose at first; quite acidic, and leaves a faint fire on the tongue; some chocolate, toffee, and a resinous bitterness; heat like a hot pepper' some figs?

Overall: has a complex flavour that just won't let go, absolutely addicting, and the devil on a rocket label should be taken as an indicator of what's to come

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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