Tectonic Barleywine | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We build the flavors for our complex English inspired barleywine using six imported malts and two diverse hops. The result is a complex, well matured ale meant to be savored with each sip. Savory, Full, Rewarding.
When you blaze a trail up a mountain, your goal is to reach the peak. We did the same with the Peak Series, our brewer’s selections that combine intensity, adventurous flavors and special brewing techniques to reach the pinnacle of the brewers’ art.

Hops: Simcoe, East Kent Goldings
Malts: Carastan, Crystal Wheat, Amber, Chocolate Wheat, Marris Otter Pale, Pilser

50 IBU

Added by on 02-23-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Kegatron:
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler. Pours a deep ruddy amber with a ½ finger of rich off-white head. Robust ringing that leaves sticky swathes of lacing behind. Fruit jumps out in the aroma, both of the dark variety and then some more ripe and fleshy tones as well. Plenty of roasty and sticky brown sugar character is present as well, along with a good bit of sweetness and spice from the alcohol. Like the nose, fruit stands out in the taste as well but is equally matched by sticky notes of toffee and brown sugar. Citric hops stretch down the center of the profile with an earthy bitterness. The high alcohol adds a bold sweet spiciness to this. Finishes dry and bitter with some lingering warm spice. The mouthfeel is full with a prickly feel to the carbonation on the tongue. I wouldn’t say that this is overly hot but the alcohol definitely has a big presence in this, combining with those still rather potent hops to give this some aggressive and sharp edges that could honestly use a little age to help knock off. There is a decent amount of flavor here but the ABV does hold this back some.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenMilligan
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BleauxLeaux
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ksolekjr
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with over a finger of head. The nose is mildly bready. The flavor starts sweet and then turns dry by the finish.

It appears that the brewer tried to split the difference between English and American styles. They ended up with a mediocre 'tweener.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone goblet/snifter.

A pleasant surprise amidst the more summer-inclined offerings. It pours a clear cooper-amber topped by a half-finger of whitish foam. The nose comprises caramel, biscuits, maple syrup, and a ricochet of honey. The taste is very similar, though the biscuits were eaten by the dog before they could hit the table, the honey is a tad more pronounced, and a rather subtle bitterness is achieved. The body is a decided medium, with low carbonation and a feel that approaches chewiness. Overall, a solid barleywine, but something's missing. I think it's more of a commitment to either a solid hoppiness or a strong maltiness. The dithering weakens things, but not to the point of collapse: it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Braintrust
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisKayler
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rereviewed on Feb 26, 2016.

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Tectonic Barleywine from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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