Seriously Low Budget American Barleywine | Flat Tail Brewing

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Brewed by:
Flat Tail Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by artoolemomo on 12-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed amber with a huge off white head and amazing retention. Still has a full width head after 20 minutes! Moderate lacing.
Smell is big bready malts with some floral hops. A bit of alcohol fumes seep up through the head.
Taste is big malts brown sugar bold grapefruit and resinous hops.
Mouthfeel is full with a mostly bitter semi dry finish. Carbonation was plenty and the label says "bottle conditioned and never filtered."
Overall a really tasty beer for the style. I only rated the smell at 3.5 not because there were any bad aromas just not all that big.
Caution this beer will warm the cockles of your heart. On the other hand you can honestly say you only had one beer (a bomber) as you trip over the imaginary lump in the living room carpet.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have excellent retention. The head is a very light beige with hints of tan while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears medium in the light. Considerable amount of lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Fair subtle for a barleywine but seems in keeping with an American Barleywine aroma. Light citrus (some orange and lemon), a little bit of peach, some pine and resin. Touches of honey. Swirling reveals some caramel. Some grapefruit, matchstick even. Some tropical notes. Very IIPA aroma.

Taste- Starts off with a caramel which was sweet and then quickly becomes burnt at least in regard to the heavy punch of bitterness that comes after. Wow, heavy pine and resin with lots of matchstick and earwax. Not really what I'm looking for in barleywine at any point in its lifetime. Alcohol is present but the beer doesn't seem too hot, at least at the moment. There is a note that tastes of roasted malts that quickly turns to burnt coffee and leaves a sticky and ashy aftertaste in my mouth. This may getter better with time but it is really brash and messy right now. Some citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit in the background. The biggest problem is the note I can't quite identify- the most prominent note. It's burnt, it has caramel, a slightly rancid umami, some fruit (maybe cherries), some breadiness, some brown sugar. Whatever it is, it's almost gross enough for me to stop drinking this beer. Some oak. Some orange peel. Mellows out a little and isn't so bad if you drink it quickly. Below average to average beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a little too much zing.

Drinkability- Warms the belly a bit too much for 10%. Doesn't show too badly on the mouth but is a bit strong after that. Close to a drain pour. I've had really good barleywines around 6 bucks so the “low budget” really isn't the problem.

Overall- Below average to average. Mellows out enough to become about average. If you're going to try this, I would suggest aging this at least 6 months. I don't know if it will be any better but it can't really be worse.

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Seriously Low Budget American Barleywine from Flat Tail Brewing
3.34 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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