Road Kill Barleywine Style Ale | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ManekiNeko on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Sweetwater Sterling on 2/12/11. Served in a *sigh* pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This retains with some richness, leaving back foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. Over ripened fruit jumps right out in the aroma and is quickly followed by smooth smelling notes of buttered toast, creamy toffee, and some light herbal hops. Surprisingly, there are no alcohol notes coming out of this at all.

The taste has a thick malt presence, with notes of sweet caramel, butter, and biscuits. As this warms a bit more complexity, in the form of some brown sugar and ripe fruit character, starts to emerge as well. Some more dark roasted tones hang on the edges of the profile while hops add a touch of a bitter punch to this. Just a bit of a sweet alcohol presence is here as well. The finish is mostly some lingering notes of sugars, roast, and citrus. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharper feeling carbonation that fills up the mouth but then gets a little thicker and chewier underneath. This is mostly sharp the whole way through though and does seem a bit over carbonated at times. I will say that the alcohol is well hid and is an overall smooth sipper for nearly 9%.

This is a better than average Barleywine that seemed to run along more on the English side of things, but I wish that the aroma has given up a bit more (who knows, maybe actually serving this in a snifter or tulip would have helped) and that feel was just a little too prickly for the flavors that were present. This was pretty smooth and easy drinking for the size and it's one of the better ones that I've had from the Sweetwater chain.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright copper color with a moderate beige/tan head. Nice hoppy, spicy malt, light fruitiness and light alcohol aroma; hop aroma falls off a bit over time. Nicely balanced malt and hop profile but lightly sweet and alcohol driven; pretty hoppy comparatively and the hops continue through on the finish. Full-medium bodied with a lightly sweet finish and some noticeable alcohol character.

Note: This review was based on a growler from the Centreville, VA location.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish color body with a light tan head that left some dustings of lace around the glass. Aroma is strong with ripe fruit sweetness and some light alcohol. As it warms a little the sweetness starts to get cloying and almost artificial. Flavor is similar with ripe fruit and alcohol being dominant. The syrupy sweetness gets stronger as this warmed and really drowned out much else besides a lightly bitter hoppiness. Too unbalanced on the sweetness all around. It was quite thick and smooth at first but the sticky sweetness started detracting and lingered a bit too long. I finished the growler though I wouldn’t have this again unless they change the recipe.

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Road Kill Barleywine Style Ale from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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