Lunar Shine Burley Whine | Watch City Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CharlesRiver on 10-31-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of parris
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CP20
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into multiple pint glasses. Special thanks to Jayli for this from our recent trade! Thanks to Will, Matt, and Joe for the assist!

Bottled 3/5/10

A: Pours a burnt caramel brown. A tiny wafer of off white foam spread out on top before quickly turning into the thinnest of thin collars. Suprisingly, this left a small amount of lace behind. Hazy clarity.

S: Interesting aroma...almost like fruitcake soaked in dark rum.

T: Cherry! A bit woody with handfuls of caramel strewn about, but cherry is the main player. Different.

M: Thick and coating. Alcohol presence isn't very apparent. Sweet, slick, and slippery.

D: I really dug the cherry and rum flavors. This baby was meant to share.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottling, thanks to Dave for sharing!
Review from notes.

Strange pink foil on the bottle, hand marked label, 9.1% abv, with the name written in. Murky dark brown, lighter around the edges, with wispy skim across the surface. Spotty lacing, not much but some here and there.

Heavy oxidized malts, sherry and gingerbread sweetness.

Big notes of cherry and caramel toffee, slightly astringent and nearly tart cherry. Not sticky or overly sweet, more dry with a richness from the huge malt content. The cherry flavor is unique and tends to dominate. A good one to share, about 8 ounces was enough for me.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/02/04 (abv 9.4% per the sharpie on the bottle)...huge thanks to fdrich29 for the gift.
Rust color with less than 1/8 finger of white head...very little lacing as I work my way thru my snifter.
Real inviting in the nose...vanilla, cherry, caramel with just the slightest detection of alcohol.
Taste if solid...rum soaked raisins without the burn. A touch of citrus and minty in the finish.
Dry mouthfeel...not overly bitter, but the hop profile is still there winning out over any sweetness that comes thru...a bit thin comparatively speaking.
Easy drinking here...holding up just fine after more than two and a half years...real good to see.
Didn't have the best luck holding onto the Scotch ale, but this one hangs with the best of 'em.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 5/24/02, stored on it's side for 4+ years.
Pours hazy mahogany with ruby edging, with a beige head that works up to a quater inch. The dense head falls quickly leaving just a ring around the edges for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with sticky malt with dried cherries and rummy raisins.
The brew warms in the nose and hints of candied figs and toffee.
Body is thickish and tacky. Mildly carbonated and clingy.
Pallet is very much english, but bigger.
Warming caramel, spicy rum and plummy.
Hopping is subdued and bitterness is mild, lots of malt character and balancing fruit.
Finishes with hints of brown sugar, Wherthers' candies, and vanilla.

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Photo of scriabin
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle in storage for over two years and I decided a random warm summer night is just the perfect time to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance - it has a lovely amber/ruby color. It pours with a nice head and has a great floral smell with some chocolate and barley overtones. The taste is a subtle yet complex mis of barley, chocolate, and bitterness. There is something to be said for a beer that comes in through the back door with a whisper rather than one that bangs on the front door and announces itself with a holler. Too bad Watch City has retired this one, but I have a feeling they'll return to this barley wine formula.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for unleashing this winner!
This is the '04 version.
Appears an apple cider toned murky brown with a beige head and lofts of lacing.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, cherry, dark fruit.
Taste is bready and of the same pleasant aromas.
Mouthfeel is very soft, creamy, smooth, and chewy.
Drinkability...this was great. May have been even better with some more aging.

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Photo of Truh
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered abnormal hair growth with this one on 11/2/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber with blue foil covering poured twice in a shaker glass.

Dirty hints of carbonation riddled on the top. Cidery, amber to rosewood hue with haze piling on top of itself and lots of action. Dates, prunes, golden raisins, and light brown sugar on nose. Core of sweet deep malt at start with an interesting butter/banana aspect that trails, followed by a quick punch of alcohol. Medium body with a light velvetiness that is tempered by the adequate alcohol; I would certainly pick up another one of these if given the opportunity.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, dark auburn hue, capped with a creamy, cocoa-toned head, slim, but lasting....beautiful nose, sweet, yet mellow, dark fruits and spice, not too bold, not too shy, just right...
Mmmm, warm, slightly sharp on entering the mouth, nice and chewy mouthfeel, big maltiness, rich caramel meets tart berries...a beautiful blend of contrasting tastes, slippery sweet, bracingly bitter, but not too brash, despite the high alcohol. Bit sugary going toward the end, but still a display of disparate elements is at play, prunes dance with butterscotch candies, a chocolate truffle dipped in Courvoisier...very nice.
Long stay on the palate, very memorable, full bodied, and very true to style. Well done!
(This bottle is labeled as being 9.4%...unless I've surely consumed something different, I'll assume there are variances among batches.)

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Unclejimbo. Thanks man!
The beer is sampled at room temp in a snifter poured from a 22 oz bottle.
The brew pours a dark ruby red with some chestnut colors as well. A nice soft off white head foams up but fades quickly. Aroma is piney hops, raisins, plums and some warm alcohol too. I also get a hit or two of merlot.
First sip coats my mouth with a thick syrupy texture, which I find appealing. Small rolling carbonation is present. Flavor is rich and complex with some caramel and toffee mixing with ripe plums. This mix rolls to a piney hop finish that is a little drying.
QUite a complex and tasty beer. Very smooth, but definitely a sipper.
Thanks again unclejimbo!!!

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Photo of carln26
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep red/brown. It’s just a touch hazy, but that settles after a few moments. There is a big, rich head, but that is expected coming from the cask. For a high-powered Barleywine, this has a nice balance, and it starts with the nose. You smell the hops first, with a hint of alcohol, and the malt tempers the aroma. The taste is bold with the hops coming to the front first. The alcohol makes itself known, but doesn’t overpower the beer. The malt and some bit of fruity essence from the hops really takes the edge of this beer. It’s a great beer from the cask, and the temperature, and delivery really complements the beer. This is a great beer.

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Photo of dvorsd
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last night on tap at the brewpub. To answer the question of an earlier reviewer, yes they do serve this is the 20 oz. mug club mugs. The beer menu claimed that it had been aged for 18 months.

It poured a nice deep reddish brown color with minimal head. It has a sweet, almost fruity, malt smell with slight undertones of alcohol. The beer has a very big flavor. That taste was predominately sweet malt dominated. There were just enough hop flavors to give the brew a bit of complexity, but they seemed to be used sparingly.

Overall I was rather impressed with this beer. I found it to be more drinkable then other barley wines that I have tried. I was impressed that at around 9% ABV, the taste and smell of the alcohol, while present, was fairly subdued and far from overwhelming. It made for a really good after dinner drink.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

85 IBU, 9.2% abv, on tap at the brewpub.

This barley wine poured a cloudy, brown-amber color with thin white foam. The smell was mostly sweet malt. The taste was piney hops with some sweet malt and caramel. A very pleasant flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and mellow, with some hop bite in the finish. This was a very nice and drinkable strong ale!

Also called Moonshine Burley Whine on the official web site, and called simply Burley Wine on the 22 oz bottles.

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Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark ruby pours with almost no head, and minimal carbonation is present. Aroma is an onslaught of fruit (raisin, plum, light apple) and malts (some caramel). Taste is big, with fruit (raising and plum) & caramel as the standout flavors. Palate is a wee bit thin & watery.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted glass, it had a dull brown color, with a creamy, tight head, and excellent lacing! Nose gave off some rich, malty notes (similar to some D-Bocks)...with nice sweetness. Body was much better than average. Smoothness? Like JohnnyP talking up the ladies at a, actually, it WAS quite smooth! Sweet, smooth, rich malty flavors, with exemplary dark fruit notes thrown in! I quite like it! Go for it! Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer on tap and was very suprised. It was served in a 10.5 oz. glass with little to no head. Dark amber in color and a bit cloudy.
The smell was sweet, almost sherry like. I thought it was complex but yet balanced. With the IBU's being in the 80's I thought that the hops would be prominent. It was actually less hoppy than most Barley Wine-Style Ale's that I have had. The ABV was in the 8% range, but still smooth and drinkable.
Perfect after dinner drink. Since they do have a mug club starting up, I wonder if this will be served in the 20 oz. glasses???

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Lunar Shine Burley Whine from Watch City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 17 ratings