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

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

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by 510a on 05-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 17
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 fsck
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CaptainQ
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ezperkins2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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%

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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Photo of jlindros
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 homebrew311
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish gold into a snifter. A bit lighter in color than your average barleywine. Healthy amount of white head with nice retention and thick lacing. Decent clarity on this. The nose is all American Barleywine (read: intense hops/intense malts). The nose starts with significant pine hop profile which leaves a great deal of bitterness and is paired with a crackery/biscuity malt profile. Sweet malty notes come in towards the end. Taste is very hoppy up front with heavy pine/grass/resin bitterness. This intertwines with heavy malt profile which brings some dark fruit, brown bread, and molassess to the table. The finish is incredibly bitter with a slight booze kick. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a medium to full body. Overall, the bitterness is a little overboard for my liking. Otherwise, a solid BW.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scored at Chucks

It's copper with a solid quilt of light cream foam. Smells like vitamins, lots of malt, some citrus, some more malt, a little tea. First whiff reminded me of Flying Mouflan or AK Barleywine. Flavor is sweet, some caramel and toffee, a touch of alcohol and some almost mineral quality, kinda get a freshly baked pretzel flavor as well - not the chain kind, legit. Medium on full bodied with low carb and a sticky finish. Meh.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a clear coppery golden color with a quarter inch off white head that laces. The nose is very hoppy with notes of pine/earthy hops, candi sugar, caramel, and a faint hint of booze. The beer drinks smooth with complex hops playing off the rich malty body. I'm definitely happy this beer is more malt and hops than booze, which contributes to the beer's great drinkability. I'd say it's probably better to consume this fresh while the hops still pop compared to letting it mellow out (it's already quite smooth). This is a great beer and gives me more appreciation for the style (which I've long detested).

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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