Colossal Oversight
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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #240
ABV:
12%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,242
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
117
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Notes: Barleywine aged in bourbon and cognac barrels.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/15/16; drank 5/27/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/red appearance with lots of khaki flotsam; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; thick, frothy lace.

Oak, caramel & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Oak & faint orange citrus flavors up front; dry oak & booze heat notes on the finish.

Boozy American barleywine vibes here; not for me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Drunkenmess! Poured into New Belgium snifter.

Creamy, juicy-almost, pruney caramel color with a creamy head of 1/2 finger. It's perhaps the juiciest barleywine I've ever seen.

Aromas of caramel, toasted oak, bourbon whiskey, plum, leaf hops, red grape, burnt brown sugar, toasted almond. Mouth watering.

Flavor is fruity with plum and grape, with raisin and slight beet...then it tapers off into stiff oak, whiskey, piney/leafy hops, and burnt brown sugar. Slight toffee and tannins along with a heavy handed hop bitterness finish out the profile.

Feel is creamy and hot, with a nice amount of resins sticking to the palate. Heat, buzzing carbonation, and sticky resins remain at the finish.

Overall a pretty decent Barleywine. Not the best but still enjoyable.

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Photo of MrOH
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper, lots of chunks. White head without much retention or lace.
Smells like bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, oak
Lots of vanilla. Surprisingly tart! oak, caramel, fruit. Tangy finish
Mouthfeel is about where it should be for a barleywine, but the tannins and tartness clash and detract from it.
I think this might have been an infected bottle or something.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lazhal for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes (consumed 2/27/17). Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very hazy dark caramelly brown – almost turbid. Forms a thin off-white head that fades quickly. A good blush of visible carbonation at first, but this settles down quickly.

S: Caramel and toffee, brown sugar and toasted malts. Oak and vanilla. Mild bourbon, but definitely not hot. Molasses poured on toasted bready malts. Some mild resin, citrus and grassy hops as well. A touch of dark fruitiness as it warms. A pretty standard barleywine smell, though not huge. And the barrel character is quite muted.

T: Sweet caramel, toasted toffee, and toasted malt sweetness. Oak, vanilla, and dry tannins to balance. The bourbon is present but stays mild, and I get no particular cognac out of this. Light notes of spices (from the barrel or the bourbon, I'm not sure) and mild fruity yeast esters. Brown sugar and light molasses. The caramel malt sweetness lasts in the hang with mild ethanol heat, oak tannin dryness and an oily resinous hop bitterness to balance this just a bit.

M: Average body for style, and a sticky mouthfeel accentuated by the fairly low amount of carbonation sensation. While it’s warming during the drink, the alcohol is quite well-hidden especially for anything that's had a barrel treatment.

O: Really a solid barleywine, especially in a handy 12 oz. format. While good, it doesn't crack the top tier - I don’t think this could hang with the best in style. I do with it had some more barrel and liquor character, but it’s more than acceptable as it is.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one from mom last summer. Thanks, ma!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Opaque rust orange pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white headj with excellent retention. Hazy burnt umber in the glass with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing on the glass as it empties. Solid looking.

SMELL: Toffee, caramel, red fruits and berries on the nose. Hints of oak and vanilla in there as well, though minimal. Nice.

TASTE: Toffee, red fruits and some booze up front. Sweet malts at the swallow with a bold finish of sweet red berries, toffee and caramel sweetness, some booze and a touch of oak flavor as well.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight on this one, creamy, goes down surprisingly smooth and finishes a bit sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers. Great here.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. The feel is elite level for the style and the base barley wine is top notch. The bourbon barrel aging is definitely minimal on this one, but since the rest of the show is done so well, it’s almost a good thing. A brash barrel might dominate it. Excellent brew and worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again, ma!

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/mahogany colordd beer with a thin light tan head on it. Holding beer up to the light you can see quite a bit of sediment floating throughout. Everything from big to small.
Smell is sweet with bourbon notes lingering. I think some of that cognac is coming through too. It seems like a sharper burn than bourbon.
The taste is malty sweetness. Like vanilla and caramel notes. Along with some cognac/bourbon mix and some wood.
The feeling is slightly warm. No burn but there could be some more brought to the table.
Overall, it's a solid barrel barleywine for being able to get it relatively easy.

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Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A murky ruby red with with two finger off white head

S- Brown sugar, charred oak, dark fruits, cherries, some cognac and whiskey, a little earthy.

T- Dark fruits, molasses, oak, earthy, some cherries, cognac, some bourbon, an almost burnt quality to it.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent barelywine, fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - MFG 01/26/16

Odd Side Colossal Oversight filled my tulip glass with a dark caramel colored body. A thin tan head was produced that reduced to a thin ring of foam with no lacing to speak of. The aroma is sweet, of brown sugar, and caramelized malts. The taste like the nose starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit [raisins' , plums] and caramel. Then the hops show up to help balance the taste. A slight bittersweet finish with a light alcohol warming. The mouth feel is full bodied, medium carbonation, and is a little chewy and sticky.

Colossal Oversight is easy to drink for a Barley Wine Ale. The Ale is flavorful and not too filling.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki foam sitting on top. Good head retention, with massive lacing left behind. Aroma is toffee, cherry, oak, molasses, bourbon, and toasted malts. Flavor profile is huge, but scattered, muddling notes together. Bourbon, oak, cherry, molasses, caramel, and peat with toasted, nutty malts. A bit of a burn in the back of the throat from the bourbon. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a sort of funny, fizzy grain to it. Overall, it's robust and big, but the muddling of notes keep it from being a pleasant sipper. The 12% ABV shows up each sip as well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Draft at Crunchy's, East Lansing, MI. I'm a fan of bourbon aged beers. This had the addition of also aging in cognac barrels. Poured into a 8 oz. snifter. Aroma opened up as the beer sat. Taste profile changed from sip to sip. Bitter aftertaste. Let this one sit for a while, it mellows and at 12% it mellows you.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/23/16.Pours a hazed and murky deep amber with a sticky half finger off white head atop,alot of chunkies and floaties.Sweet cherry-like aromas with a sour tinge,the congnac barrel comes thru more than the bourbon in the nose. I do get some vanilla from the bourbon barrel though.A nice full creamy feel adds to the beer.Alot of dark fruit flavor upfront on the palate with a vinous quality,sweet and almost cake-like thru the finish,again no bourbon or even cognac barrel notes really.A good beer but it doesn't fullfill what it is,I did like it though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in along with some booziness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid hoppy barleywine to sip on for a while.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Name says a lot. Might be. Colossal overkill but something about it makes me like it.

Pours a beautiful amber comir with a nice head and some good lacing. Nose is similar, for whatever reason, to the Oddsides Beautiful Disaster I just drank and reviewed. Smells like it was also aged in wine barrels, but more sweetness and alcohol.
Taste is complex and I go back and forth about it. Lots of alcohol for sure, but sweet malts, bitter hops, bourbon barrel aging, all come through. Some sips it seems to much, some sips it's like heaven. Definite aftertaste with lingering bitterness. Not sure I love that.
Mouthfeel is really good. Somewhere between water and syrup. Smooth, right amount of carbonation. Feels substantial but not quite syrup.
All in, will probably buy another and age it I think it could get really interesting. Without aging, still a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark amber with a thick, short lived, small, light tan head

Smells caramel malts, light citrus, dark fruit and bourbon

Light caramel, raisin, dark fruit and vanillay bourbon fading to a dry piney sharp finish with light bourbon linger thicker side of medium body lighter medium carbonation. Almost creamy just a touch too much carbonation

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours tea colored with some burnt orange highlights around the edge of the glass. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet with notes of toast, toffee, fig, and date. It almost smells more like a quad than a barleywine.

The taste isn't as sweet as the smell led me to believe. Don't get me wrong it is malty but not overtly sweet. I get some toffee, caramel, dates and fig with a slight bitterness in the finish. The barrel character is not huge but more detectable in the flavor than the smell.

Full, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a good barleywine. I would say it is more or an English barleywine. I don't get a lot of bourbon barrel character, but there is some. The alcohol is hidden except is the perceived effect on my sobriety.

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Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ndpunk for this 12 oz. extra that arrived a while back & vanished into the wild of the max12 liquor fridge. My first review on my new 21st century router. Exciting days, eh?

The pour is dark for a barleywine, redwood & opaque & frizzy (oh oh - the name of this beer isn’t a cruel joke, is it?). Smells like raisins, booze, & brandy, which is an odd combo.

Colossal Oversight sounds like the kind of beer name Odd Side may want to retire. Raw alcohol straight off the still sterilizes everything it touches. Two sips & I can feel it from my stomach to my parafalcine occipital region. Beneath the party shots are a fair amount of oxidation (at nine months or so?), sticky caramel, light citrus. Bourbon is hardly noticeable, but the beer closes with a cognac sweetness & underlying vanilla. Sticky. Might be better in English 11.2 oz. bottles.

Interesting. This is pretty good, but it has the aura of a beer that’s a cowlick from greatness. Little more barrel, little less booze, & you’d have magic.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/25/16, second bottle of four.

Pours a cloudy, darker amber, with a half- inch, quickly dissipating head and some loose lacing. Smell is malt, resiny hops, dates, raisins, pineapple, plums, some figs, some cognac, light bourbon, brown sugar, some peppercorns. Taste also leads with the malt and resiny hops, pineapple, dates, plums, cognac, some bourbon, caramel, raisins, figs, light oak. A little on the sweet side. Mostly smooth, somewhat creamy, more full bodied than typical for the style.

Solid and enjoyable offering from Odd Side. The double barrels were interesting, with the cognac barrels taking the reins and imparting a really nice flavor. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That is a very cool name for a beer.

Old-ish bottle (maybe about 8 months?), but with the elevated ABV that shouldn't be a problem.

Pours slowly into a tulip glass, a murky and multi-colored brown that resembles iced tea. Very little head, but that's okay considered the high alcohol content.

Smells... quite smooth. Sugar and toffee and a small little bit of booze. Hardly any typical barrel nodes, but I'm so burned out on whiskey-flavored beers that that's good thing.

Tastes more interesting than it smells, but still almost shockingly delicate for its strength. The sugar and toffee nodes are huge--drinking blind, I'd say this was a Belgian Dark made with American ale yeast. It starts sweet, gets smoothed out by some barrel-vanilla nodes that do not overbooze things, and then finishes as dry as a light American pale.

Unique, and yet still well within the respected boundaries of the style. Not the hop bomb that many seem to think barleywines should be, but that's a very narrow way of understanding barleywines. This is great.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a one finger creamy off white head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, plums, raisins and vanilla.

T - The taste follows the aroma heavy toffee, brown sugar, plums, raisins and bready toasted malts. The finish has lots of oak and bitter hops.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a cremay dry finish.

O - This is a nice barrel aged Barleywine. The booze is a bit overpowering. This might work a little better with some age.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/25/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine bitterness and oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, melon, apple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, vanilla, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged American barleywine style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon/cognac barrel, and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This is definitely more dominated by fruity cognac than bourbon barrel presence; but I really liked it for that unique factor as well. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle Oddside's Colossal Oversight last week for $5.19 at The Lager Mill. A Bourbon barrel aged Barelywine sounds pretty good tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it works well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brownish red color that took on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with almost a finger and a half worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a very high amount of sweetness with some big cherry and stonefruit aroma with some sourness to it and it reminds me of a fruity sour candy. Up next comes a slight bit of funky yeast aroma and it's followed by some caramel and more sweet malt aromas with some noticeable bourbon barrel aromas showing up and there's a fairly boozy aroma that shows up towards the end. The aroma isn't that great, it's not really true to style, there's just way too much sweet fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness impart that same sweet candy aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it's not sour and it's a little lighter. Up next comes a little bit of that funkyness that I got in the aroma and it's followed by that same caramel and sweet malt combo that I got in the aroma and up next comes the alcohol which is a little on the boozy side. On the finish there's a little bit of a bourbon barrel flavor with a lighter amount of bitterness and a little more of that booze with some caramel and fruits showing up in the aftertaste. This isn't a great tasting bourbon barrel aged barleywine, the balance just seemed to be pretty off and the key flavors in the style weren't really showcased.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly creamy, a little crisp, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is just ok, i wish it was smoother with less carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer wasn't that great and I thought it was below average for the style, it throws me off how the bright fruity flavors really stand out, but all the key barleywine flavors just barely show up in the background. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's good and true to style looking. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma and the balance, they need some major work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it just doesn't live up to the style and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it just doesn't really live up to what it's labeled as. I t's not a favorite Oddside beer and it's slightly below average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

Edit- A fellow BA informed me that this is also aged in cognac barrel and that's where a lot of that fruitiness is coming from, so now that I know that I will adjust the score accordingly, but I still wish the barrel aspects were more balanced, I get all cognac barrels and hardly and bourbon barrels. I wish oddside"s would do a better job at describing what the beer really is rather than just saying it's a barrel aged barely wine.

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Photo of justinp444
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass it has a inch thick head of slight yellow light beige and a slightly darker hazy caramel brown body. Smell is lots of hops, citrus, lemon, tiny bit of grapefruit, some raisin, slight bourbon, bit of oak, and a lot of bready malt, overall definitely a strong ale smell. Taste is dry not so sweet bourbon, vanilla, bit too much hops, citrus, lemon, some dry oak in the back, earth, caramel, raisins, fig, maybe a bit of spice. Mouth feel is moderate to full with a full body, and a dry slightly crisp carbonation. Overall disappointing, didn't really taste like a barleywine, didn't get enough bourbon, and was to dry and hoppy which just did not fit with the rest of the flavor. Wasn't terrible just could definitely use some age to see where it goes.

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Photo of hardysf
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a strange brew. Not sure if barely wine is the right class for this, but I don't know what it would fall in line with. The color is right but the foam on this is strange. Very creamy, almost like a nitro pour, but there is not that creamy carb throughout, more of a C02 fizz. The aroma is also unique. Lots of fruitiness. Plum, raisons, and prunes. Also lots of barrel on the nose, specifically oak. The taste is of the fruit and some malt flavors. The beer is really bitter for a barelywine with very little hop notes. The barrel flavors are nice, oak and vanilla and a splash of bourbon as well. Decent beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from Odd Side thanks to Drew. Got four of these because Hazel's Nuts was out... blah. Haven't seen the greatest reviews for this, but I'm down for anything Odd Side. Bottled 1/25 and poured 2/19.

The pour ... looks awesome. Super hazy beer bottle brown sort of color. Awesome creamy half finger of head that floats on top and lingers with some nice lacing. After that, I'm not sure what to think of this beer. Granted, my tongue just got bombarded with Odd Side's Funk Soul Brother, so that may be playing games with me.

The smell is still something I wouldn't say is great. Initially I thought this actually smelled a decent bit like -- root beer? But the more I smell it the more I get doppelbock vibes, as well as just a generic strong ale vibe. It's really hard to describe. As it warms up a bit, it becomes a little more clear... though still murky. Really smells of dark fruits. A lot of dark fruits. There's also a sort of maple syrup coated oak thing going on. I know, that's really unusual and specific, but that's the best way I can describe it. The nose is oak, vanilla, booze, syrup, and dark fruits. A lot going on. The more I smell it and the more it warms up, the more I dig it.

The flavor is intense and boozy... the feel is incredibly chewy and bold. This is truthfully the definition of a "chewy" beer. Flavor is a fair amount of alcohol, quite a bit of dark fruits, and a decent amount of malt. I don't find this to be a particularly hoppy barleywine, personally, but it's definitely surprisingly bitter on the finish. I can't say I really taste much of a bourbon barrel presence. There may be an ever-so-slight bourbony oak flavor, but it's quite subtle, unfortunately. This is certainly a warming beer, but I've had much hotter and less fresh beers. I really have to wonder if this is truly an American Barleywine, or if BeerAdvocate is wrong. Besides it being reasonably bitter, I don't get any hoppiness that would have me guessing it's that particular style.

I quite enjoy the look, aroma, and feel of this beer, but the taste is just not quite doing it for me. I'm all for a more bitter tasting barleywine, but I don't smell or taste any hops. This honestly tastes like it's an already old American barleywine, despite being less than a month old... because of the lack of hop character, the bitterness is actually a bit off-putting, considering I'm tasting a lot of dark fruit and malt. The fact that I don't taste or smell an awful lot of bourbon barrel is also disappointing to me.

This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but far from Odd Side's best -- this might benefit from some age, but would certainly benefit from a tweak in the recipe. I adore the mouthfeel on this beer, but the flavor falls short: is this supposed to be hoppy? If so, why doesn't it taste like it? If not, why does it have the bitterness that it does? Also, where's the bourbon barrel...? Was it put into an old, dry barrel? This is a beer certainly worth a try, but I'll likely be aging at least a couple of my four bottles to see just how it changes. I'd recommend you get at least two bottles so you can drink one and age the other as well.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dosent specify what kind of barrel was used for aging but my guess would be oak barrel. Taste of oak and vanilla. Wasn't the best barley wine I have had but pretty damn good. Would not have guessed it was 12 percent. Very easy drinking but it catches up to you really quick. Worth a try.

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Colossal Oversight from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 117 ratings