Brigantine Barleywine | O'Connor Brewing Co.

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Brigantine BarleywineBrigantine Barleywine

Brewed by:
O'Connor Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SportsandJorts on 12-08-2015

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the brewery with my boss. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of chardonnay. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

O'Connor Brewing Co. "Brigantine Barleywine"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$9.95 @ the brewery

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a two-finger thick head of rocky-then-creamy yellowed-khaki colored foam over a clear ruby-accented cooper body. The head attention seems to be quite good as I've been fooling around for at least a few minutes before writing this; and I also had to look up the work "brigantine", which is a two masted ship in case you didn't know either, and it also used to be used to refer to pirate ships in general during the 16th century. The head's dropped now but it still maintains a solid, fluffy surface covering and there's plenty of torn sheets of lace left around the glass. The aroma displays grainy and caramelish malt with a touch of pineapple, red apple, and light citrus fruit, and some mild, passing notes of grass. The label also suggests grapefruit but I'm not finding it. Not surprisingly the flavor follows. I'm not sure I've ever had a barleywine with a pineapple note to it. Interesting. It's sweetly malty with caramel and dark bread, maybe a touch of toffee, and then the fruit's blended in, wrapped in the malt but still clear, almost like something wrapped in thin silk fabric, you can see it's shape, and you know it's there and that it's something separate, but it's also become one with the cloth as a kind of a separate object in and of itself. It's moderately bitter ( the label lists 75 IBUs but it doesn't come across like that) and this is clearly about the malt and fruity hops (it's a little like candied fruit), but there's also a light touch of alcohol that helps to dry it in the end where some of the grassy hops return. How strong is this? 10.7% ABV, well that's not bad. It has the presence it should have, but no harsh alcoholic heat or bite. I'm a little surprised it's not stickier in the end, and it doesn't seem to build on the palate - of course I am drinking it slowly. It's a sipper to be sure, I wouldn't want to have this out at the pub with the lads. So what did I miss - mouthfeel, I always forget that one. Medium-full in body. There's definitely a dextrinous side to it. Malty. But I guess the alcohol cuts through it. Moderate, smooth carbonation. It's really nicely done, and in the end because of the use of whatever hops are in play it's really unique and interesting.

4/4/4.25/4.25/4 = 4.13

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bob_Horne
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A good beer, but not a barleywine. Very strong citrus, but without the strength of a true barleywine.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Barleywine. Pour a bright, clear copper color with a small off-white head into a pint glass. Head retention is about average. Thin bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste are barley malt and some toffee. There is a little grassy hoppiness but this is a malty beer. Mouthfeel is crisp with some warming alcohol presence. Nice winter drink.

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Photo of teromous
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't see any date on the bottle.

Appearance: The beer is a murky orange-brown color with a short creamy off-white head. I can't see anything through the beer but it appears to be very light in color. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Oddly I'm not picking much of anything up in the aroma. There is this faint mineral scent like a limestone or something and then there is the scent of alcohol. It doesn't have any bat aromas or anything it just doesn't smell much like anything.

Taste: Right up front there's a big alcohol flavor that is followed by a mellow toasted flavor. Mostly it's just a watered down alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: There's a bit of bitterness in here but the beer is very drinkable. I wouldn't call it smooth but it is just very light and easy to drink.

Overall: I just didn't enjoy this beer. It didn't provide any sensory experience that was positive and it just felt empty. I would recommend passing on this beer and picking up something else. It is below average but I wouldn't quite put it in the realm of "poor" because it does have a decent appearance and aside from the strong alcohol flavor (which is forgivable given the 10.7% ABV) it doesn't have any bad flavors or aromas.

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Photo of avalon07
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good, but not great lacing.

S: A slightly underwhelming aroma of hops, malt, caramel, and toffee.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of sweet malt, a tinge of a grassy quality, a hint of caramel (could have used more), some hops, a bit of toffee, and some light citrus fruit (grapefruit). The biggest problem here is that everything seems a little watered down. None of the ingredients have a chance to stand out. Not bad, but muted.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer all around. Not necessarily bad, but could have been better.

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Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ochs0314
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light ruby-brown with a small amount of white head. It has no retention and provides no lacing. The aroma is also light, with just hints of malty sweetness that aren't really distinct. The taste has a little more oomph, with some nice light toffee notes and maybe a little sweet fruit (thinking figs or dates). The body has a decent thickness to it but a little too much carbonation.

I've tried to balance what this beer offers, which is good, against the style it claims to be and isn't particularly close to.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is not a barleywine. It tastes great, and delivers all the citrusy flavors the bottle promises. But that's not a barleywine. A barleywine is a big, intense, heavy, boozy punch in the mouth of dark fruit, which this beer is none of.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip style glass.
Very dark amber (typical barleywine color)
This barleywine was balanced well between the malt and hops.
It was a little boozy with the high abv, and could use some aging to mellow out the flavors.
But I'm still glad I tried it fresh, very good barleywine. Always love drinking local as well.

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Photo of AMCPhD
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru amber tinted copper body with minimal head and lace. Mild aroma of caramel and toffee malts along with dark fruits and faint citric hops. A thicker, stickier, beer that is enjoyable but simplistic when held up to what a barleywine is considered to be (at least to the masses). There are some sticky caramel/toffee malt notes that balance with citric and even grapefruit hop flavors (although this grapefruit taste I'm tasting might be power of suggestion from label). Finishes strong and cutting with a slight booziness. Again, enjoyable sipper but do not bother with this beer if you want a barleywine where the alcohol is strong, even warming or burning at times, and/or a bunch of dark fruits (raisins, figs, prunes, dates) and/or sweet, almost sugar-shocking to the system sweetness.

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Photo of brocktune
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good barleywine especially for the price at $9.99/bomber.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like candied peaches and honey, with some nutty malt and floral and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like it smelled. It had a clean and mild aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a decent brew but had fairly basic scent and taste that weren't that amazing or unique. The body was solid and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. No reason to age it. Not bad, but forgettable.

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Brigantine Barleywine from O'Connor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 21 ratings