SBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine | Fremont Brewing Company

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SBW #5 Pacific N.W. BarleywineSBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by 510a on 05-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, floral, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of sweet caramel and hop aspects.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/26/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, golden raisin, candi sugar, light caramel, biscuit, toast, light pine, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of pale/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, golden raisin, light caramel, candi sugar, biscuit, toast, light pine, floral, grass, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, golden raisin, light caramel, candi sugar, light pine, biscuit, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pale/bready malts and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American Barleywine style. All around good balance and complexity of pale/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't remember who shared this... maybe another Francois beer.

Very light fizzy head, semi clear amber orange red color.

Nose sweet candy malts, young fresh malt, nice fresh fruity hops, light spicy slight tropical fruit hops, light fresh mineral water, light salty mineral, sweet candy malt.

Taste candy malts, light booze warmth, caramel, toasty reddish malt, light mineral slight salty water, hint fruity esters, toffee and caramel, slight nutty. Finish brings nice earthy chewy spicy hops fairly bitter, fresh malt and hop characters, more toffee and caramel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter carb, light warming booze

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey amber in the little tulip. Not too sticky and actually a rather slushy body that is fine for sipping. Plentiful aroma of pine with a touch of honeysuckle. Spritzy on the tongue.

Rather sweet but the bitterness shows up to add some balance. Quite hoppy in a big aromatic way. Label notes the hops as Amarillo and Super Galena. This just tastes like a freshly cut pine board. Smooth and mellow with the bitter aftertaste that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Caramel with burnt sugar and the most intriguing leafy hop taste. Not at all dank and dirty, this is a well-chosen hop concoction. Less alcohol tasting than a lot of other giant brews.

An unusual double IPA sort of beer that maybe has some traits of a Barley Wine, like alcohol. It does seem better with some sipping, and it's an interesting brew for a strong jolt. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Seattle.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Small khaki head. Leggy. Thin wisps.

Smell - Very hoppy. A hint of lemon. Otherwise grapefruit. Deep caramel.

Taste - Grapefruit. Lots of caramel malt. Pretty sweet. Lingering syrupy malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Sweet after a while.

Overall - It just gets too sweet without any interesting flavors. Aggressively hoppy, but not enough to keep my interest.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a medium reddish-orange amber with a half finger, very light tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, piney and citrus hops and dark fruit, a bit boozy. Flavor follows aroma closely with the same citrus and piney hops, light caramel malt, light stone fruit, finishes with light herbal and citrus hops and ethanol. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A warming and citrus influenced barleywine with a light to medium malt body.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep orange with a nice white whispy head, good head retention but the lacing is amazing. Bubbles and curtains everywhere!

S: Dominated by pine and caramel with a light citrus backing

T: Upfront is a initial malty presence, sordove sweet, light heat and then the piney hops just kick right in and continue. The finish is a little slick, sweet, lingering, light bitterness, piney with a small dose of orange peel

M: Great body for this beer, well carbonated, pretty heavy and sticky but that's good for the style.

O: Another well crafted artisan beer from Fremont!

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3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.20.13

A - Pours a cloudy, light brown with a two inch light tan head that slowly bubbles away.

S - Carmel, malty bread, orange peel.

T - LIght carmel-malt, then some orange hops, creamy.

D - Good carbonation with alight body. Smooth.

O - Session Barely WIne, ok good flavor and easy to drink. I would grab it again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kevin for sharing. Rusty copper brown, dirty and murky looking, borderline lagoon water with some brighter, orange and deep amber hints near the bottom of the glass. A hard pour results in no head, just an extremely thin tan ring that outlines the beer. And when I say thin, I mean thin. We're talking outlined with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil thin.

The nose gives me a quick hit of caramel malt sweetness; plentiful and sticky with some toffee and fruity esters following right behind. Light green apple sweetness and peppery phenols are secondary, but still very much noticeable and large contributors to the aroma. I'm not getting huge hop bouts like many others are describing, aside from a very, very faint citrus peel that gets buried in the back.

Lots of toasty, warm caramel bursts with each sip; at first, that's almost all you can taste. Very sweet and almost residual sugary to a degree, with lots of graham cracker reminders and toasted bread from the malts. Toffee and a touch of molasses should be noted as well. The fruit switches from lighter to darker, as the green apples from the nose seem more like sweet prunes and dates on the palate.

There's a touch of hops; a little bit ashy and coming on with a touch of citrus peel. Not really all that "hoppy", though I don't know how old this particular bottle is. The finish is still caramel and toffee heavy, with a coating mouth feel that'll have you suckin' caramel covered dates for a while after you've swallowed. Medium-heavy bodied, smooth and viscous all around.

Pretty decent barleywine here, though I didn't get the crazy hoppiness that some others were describing. It's fairly easy drinking, considering the style. Tasty and enjoyable, though it doesn't do much to discern itself from others. Something I'd definitely drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get a handle on.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to @texwild for the bottle, 22 oz, poured into an oversized, stemless wine glass

L: deep copper, tan head, solid retention and lacing
S: mix of caramel, malt, apple and pear with other hoppy scents
T: on point with nose, thick, full and delicious
M: full bodied and very nice, just where a barley wine should be
O: very nice beer, seems like some age has done it very well.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of yeaprolly
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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SBW #5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine from Fremont Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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