Liberation No. 1 | Straight To Ale

Liberation No. 1Liberation No. 1
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Liberation No. 1Liberation No. 1

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Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rhoadsrage on 01-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was in the back of a friend's fridge. Glad he decided to share. Looks like it's aged about 2 years.

A: That dull brown with ruby highlights that seems to be characteristic of b-wines. Not much head or lacing.

S: A malt bomb with caramel and a bit of dark fruits. Some booziness is coming through, too.

T: Oooh, this one has a terrific malt character. The aging has done it well. Picking up some bourbon aspects along with some dates and raisins. A terrific sipper.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. I agree with Cliff, it could use more carbonation.

O: A superior (and aged well) English barleywine. I'm glad Thile decided to bring this beauty in for Superbowl.

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has aged nicely in a store since I picked it up in Sept. of 2014. Close to two years from bottle date.

L - Pours a murky brown body with hints of red mahogany. One finger khaki head that doesn't have great retention and not much lacing to speak of.

S - Huge caramel, brown sugar and sweet bready malts. Hints of dark fruits and raisins come through

T - To me, the taste pretty much follows the nose with a little of the boozyness coming out.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. To me, it could use a bit more carbonation to prop up the body.

O - Age has treated this one well.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tweezer159
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of memphischas
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was extremely pleased to see this when I was in Mobile. As I think back to all the 'Bama brewed beers I have had so far, I haven't had a stinker yet. Hopefully this keeps things moving in the right direction.

Looks like this is a year old now. Smooth, nice balance, malty sweet, though there is a mild boozy tone to it. It meshes well with things enough that it is not really a detractor. Very smooth feel.

I had this feeling that I should get more of this when I had the chance. But now the chance is gone. I'd be interested to see this at 5 years. At least I was able to try it.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-amber with off white head.

Nice toffee, chocolate and raisin smell.

Lots of chocolate and sweet toasted malts. Caramel and toffee and rich ripe fruit. Good mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall I thought this was very complex and enjoyable. Will try to find another and put some age on it.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kencarman
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is truly an English Barlewine with more focus on the malt: a nice roast, great caramelization and a great malt sweetness. The abv, above 9, is evident but not demanding. Low hops: to be expected with this style. NOT American BW in that sense, for sure. It is a bit high on the abv side for the usual English, but all that's going on here makes that not problematic.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass a deep mahogany with a thin light tannish colored head atop.Aromas are deeply fruity with cherries and raisin notes standing out over top of brown sugar and sweet alcohol,a hint of leather is there as well.A nice full chewey feel to the beer makes it nice a rich and enhances the big malty flavors.Cakey flavors with alcohol dipped fruit coming out nicely,some brown sugar notes lend more sweetness but it's not overly sweet.This is English to the hilt flavor wise with the hops being minimal,a sipper but a very good one at that.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Liberation Barley-wine Straight to Ale, Blue Pants, Yellowhammer. 9% ALC. VOL. English-style Barleywine Ale. A Series of 4 Limited Edition Beers. No. 1. Straight to Ale Brewing, Huntsville, Alabama.

Appearance: dark brown body, small, slimmed dark cocoa-tan head.

Aroma: malt-forward, but rather subdued. Some fruity notes down there. This nose is keeping it close to the vest.

Taste: Bigness, sweetness, malt and dark fruit. Just a hint of hops, and then along comes the booze. It's creeping up there, knocking on the door. Meanwhile, we're getting earthy tones, nutty notes, waves of caramel and cocoa. Not too big, not outsized in the least, and that's what's had me stroking my whiskers.

This doesn't fit the formula of barley-wines as I expect them, or desire them. But, what's wrong with that? It's it's own thing, more refined, and mellow.

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Liberation No. 1 from Straight To Ale
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 28 ratings
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