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Copper Snow Barleywine Style-aleCopper Snow Barleywine Style-ale

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Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rhoadsrage on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color; close inspection of the sides of the glass reveals a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and some malty sweetness, but for the most part the sweetness is balanced off by the underlying hops, which contribute slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some faint hints of warming from the alcohol. No stickiness is present.
O: This beer is currently listed as an American Barleywine, but seems to be more reminiscent of an English Barleywine because the hops aren't as prominent in the taste. It's a nice beer to sip and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

This beer pours with a hazy brown-copper colored body. Thin, weak head. No significant lacing.

Aroma: smells like toffee, dark dried fruits, faint herbs, fruitcake and baked bread.
Flavor: caramel, dark dried fruits, molasses, faint spices, toffee, and some booze.

Mouthfeel: medium+ body with light carbonation. Well hidden ABV.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
01199 on bottle
A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear deep aged copper body with a wall of microbubbles that support a thick sticky light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The hint of iodine is soon gone and a very light dry toasted malt comes through. There is a touch of butter aroma in the finish.

T- The dry toasted malt has some sweetness that grows as the beer opens. There is a spicy carbonic acid flavor that follows with some green brassy hops that linger. There is some softer British yeast esters that come through as the beer opens a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that tingles the tongue in the finish an no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice malt flavors but they are a bit dry and one-dimensional. The carbonic acid and hop bite start to cover all the malt flavors and make it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of RickS95
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle

The pour is a really rich looking, dark brown. It's got lots of spicy looking stuff in it. The head is a finger thick, has moderate retention and a decent lace.

You can tell from the scent that this beer means business. Despite being from Denmark, this has the American style down pat. Lots of malt, mostly caramel it seems, a boatload of hops, some citrus, some biscuit, a bit of pine and a heaping of alcohol.

An initial splash of cola, undertones of citrus, earthy flowers, dark fruits, pepper, and a skosh of alcohol.

Very easy on the palate for the type and for that much ABV. Slightly sweet, a bit acidic, highly bitter, and very alcoholic, but everything, while done in excess, never breaches crossing the line. Clearly a sipper, but easy to drink.

This beer is better than the sum of it's parts. It's quite tasty, certainly a hop bomb, but your palate never cries "Uncle." Really good stuff, and only $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, I'd guess it's about a year old more or less. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper color with about a half inch off-white head and some sediment floaties noticeable. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, dark fruit, toffee, herbs, and some sweet malt. It tastes like caramel, dark fruit, molasses, herbs, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy, coating, and easy enough to drink. I thought it was a good enough brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dradair
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Another random import at Firkin, my first XBeeriment in a couple years. This stuff pours a clear copper (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, lightly-funky lemon zest, caramel, light fennel, and light apricot. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine resin and a hint of mint. Everything also comes through sweeter in general. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid b-wine, one that, though it doesn't necessarily "wow" or anything, goes down incredibly easily and pleasantly.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity!
Earthy spicy pine hops against a fruity caramel sweet malt base. Nice hop blast after a night of aged barleywine drinking.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10% ABV confirmed. 2012 vintage. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. Reviewed from notes; I was rushed at the tasting but bear with me.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness. Body colour is a rich copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy caramel, biscuity malty sweetness, herbal notes, and floral hops. Evocative malty body. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite malty and a bit candied, with biscuity notes and stunted floral hops. Very well layered malty body. Caramel. Toffee. Balance is excellent. It's a classic malty barleywine; there's not much to say about its malts - but it's quite complex.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Qutie drinkable and enjoyable, especially considering the high ABV. Well built for the style. I quite like it. I'd have this again. Tasty. Will age nicely.


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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear amber color with a small off-white head of thick foam. It smelled of sweet caramel, toffee and a touch of booze. It tasted of bready malts, toffee, caramel and hints of pine. There was a mild boozy flavor.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting a 500ml, a fitting beer to drink while preparing for another snowstorm. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - A kind of light amber color with lots of haze and floaties. Off-white head eventually forms a thick ring and patchy cap. Dots of lace.

Smell - Lots of candy caramel and toffee malts, some earthy and spicy hops there but sweet malts rule. Just a little bit of dark fruit. On the simple side, but malts are nice and rich.

Taste - Nice, big candy caramel malts all the way, buttery biscuit tones going on as well. Hops are light but definitely getting piny and earthy, maybe some mint there too. Black pepper, raisin.

Mouthfeel - Malty with a decent chewiness to it. nice lowish carbonation. Some alcohol warmth but pretty drinkable for 10%.

Overall - Despite the somewhat off-putting name this is a pretty nice beer. Sweet and rich malt profile with a just a bit of hop flavor showing through, and the spiciness is a unique touch. I have a few more bottles I will look forward to aging and consuming on cold, wintery nights much like this one.

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Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of QueerBeer
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ronricorossi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper body with a relatively thin off-white head; lacing on the glass; lots of yeast sediment suspended in the body. Rich malt nose with solid hint of apricot; caramel and toffee. Excellent malt flavor; brown sugar and caramel; nice, understated hop bitterness and nicely subdued alcohol presence. Heavy body with an almost syrupy character; semi-dry finish.

Based on taste and mouthfeel, this is a really good brew for the style. It's like drinking a rich holiday sugar cookie. An excellent cap to my day while relaxing near a hardwood fire in the fireplace during a cold winter evening.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cozmo
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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