Barrington Yule Fuel | Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Barrington Yule FuelBarrington Yule Fuel

Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-28-2002

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by paceyourself:
Photo of paceyourself
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buy a barley wine in a bomber you can't go wrong. It poured a crystal clear ruby red color with no head and hardly any carbonation. The sweet grainy cereal like aroma seemed odd at first but then it grew on me. A sharp malty taste fades quickly and balanced out with a citrus flavor that lingers. Feels kind of thin for a barley wine then the 11% sneeks up on you. Would have loved to try this on draft.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery--served into a pint glass

Appearance: copper in color, 1/4 inch head, hazy, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and cherries

Taste:toasted malt, cherries, dark fruit, and dry earthy hops

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: An above average fruity barleywine that balances malt and hops fairly well. Above average but not great for the style. I would think about possibly getting this again.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich chocolate with small head, but great lacing. Smell is yeasty, floral with a malt presence. Taste is malty, but with a distinct floral presence...alcohol surprisingly understated. Mouthfeel is rich almost chewy...smooth on the palate. One of the most drinkable barleywines I have harshness or strong alcohol presence despite being 11 abv.

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Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid caramel malt and a potent earthy hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a light caramel and a good earthy hop. No alcohol warmth detected.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a delicious and very drinkable barleywine. No alcohol detected whatsoever.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome barleywine brew...

Pours deep brown with a little reddish tinge. A little bit of head, but very good creamy lacing. Smells of medium hops and malts, nsome sweet fruits, and only a hint of alcohol. Tastes follows with a moderately hoppy brew with creamy malts, some fruity notes as well. Some alcohol flavor ekes out, but you really only get the tip of iceberg. And wow, 11% alcohol?! If I'm ever out that way again, I'd get this. Highly recommended for getting a bit sloshed :).

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Photo of Boppar
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap into a pint glass at Barrington Brewery.

Honestly, when I first saw it arrive in a pint glass, I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to finish it. It's true that I haven't had many barleywines, but the few that I have had have presented a struggle to get all the way through a 12-oz bottle, let alone a-16 oz glass.

So I eyed it skeptically. It sat there all tawny and hazy, looking very much like the other barleywines I've had. Barely translucent, one finger of off-white head. Not much in the way of carbonation.

A preliminary olfactory inspection didn't tell me too much more. Although in retrospect, the 11% ABV was not evident at all. What I did notice was a faint aroma of oranges, and a faint nutty quality, perhaps pecans.

The moment of truth: WOW! I had read that the alcohol was masked rather well, but I didn't appreciate the full extent of this until I tried it firsthand. Let me put it this way: Yule Fuel conceals its 11 points of alcohol even more deceptively than Duvel hides its 9.5. There was not even the faintest hint of alcohol anywhere in that beer. What it did have, though, was malty sweetness in the form of caramel, maple syrup, and maybe honey. I realize that I am making it sound cloying, but this was not the case. It was definitely on the malty side, but it was well-balanced, especially by a late-palate smokiness, and a dry leathery finish. It was not as complex as it could be, but what it did, it did really well.

The mouthfeel was slick and heavy. There was some carbonation, but not much. It was full of thick, syrupy goodness.

The drinkability is off the charts. Occasionally, I have found myself wishing that there was a rating higher than "5." this is one of those times. An exceptional barleywine would have a "5," no question. But this one in particular has gone so far beyond would should (our could) realistically be expected of this style that it is in a league of its own. For example, I never would have believe that a barelywine could be sessionable, but this one is. I have a few reasons not to get that second (and possibly third) pint that I wanted: namely, it's dark, snowing, and I'm from out-of-town and still had to drive back to the hotel. But if I were to live here, that would quickly become a staple for the winter months.

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Photo of IPA17
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had an experience once with the Yule Fuel that basically made me realize how complex and enjoyable this beer is. The beer in appearance and smell is solid but not great. The mouthfeel does not fail to excite the drinker but does not overwhelm him with joy either. However, this is a beer that is very drinkable. Four of us got amazingly drunk one night and didn't even realize that Mr. Alcohol had snuck up on us. It is oh so smotth. That's not something most 11% ABV beers can claim.

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Photo of Sam21
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2010-2011 edition. Best by date purposely left unotched. Purchased for $5 at the brewery and stored in a refrigerator.

Appearance - Deep ruby red body with respectable light khaki head. Excellent clarity. Recedes to a thin cap with a thicker soapy ring around the edge. Sparse wisps of lace. Looks nice.

Smell - Mouth-watering malt sweetness. Juicy strawberries, sweet caramel, and subtle earthy dark fruits. As the beer warms up to room temperature from cellar temps there is a subtle hint of alcohol. Would like more from the dark fruit and caramel here.

Taste - Dark fruits and caramel make up this brew's body. Light notes of fig and dates offer up a subtle earthy sweetness. Juicy strawberry esters balance out the thicker and more rich malt flavors. Finishes with light fruit flavors and a subtle bitterness. Fruitiness lingers. Does this really have alcohol in it? ABV has been expertly hidden with only the most subtle tingle in the back of the throat showing its face as the beer warms. The ABV is definitely felt as I near the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and smooth. Light and wonderfully soft carbonation adds perfect balance to the feel. Not thick or syrupy in the slightest.

Drinkability - This drinks like a beer around 6% alcohol. Balanced, malty, and juicy. I'm surprised at how well the alcohol is hidden. The dark fruits and fruity esters presenting this beer are great. Very drinkable. The alcohol just feels like its missing. It's there, but very very subtle. I've got two more bottles of this and will see how they hold up until next winter.

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Photo of psdriscoll
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let it first be said that I am used to having this on tap poured by Bethany, but this 2009 brew that was bottled in a 22 ounce and has been aged for a year.

The appearance is a dark mahogany color with slight head retention that settles quickly with no lacing.

The aroma is described simply as sweet and malty.

The taste is complex, where it is sweet, malty and hoppy all at the same time with not one of those characteristics being more powerful than the other.

The drinkability of this barleywine depends on the person. In my opinion this barleywine is the best I have had, but takes a toll on the drinker as the sunday goes on with only a two beer limit ;-)

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Photo of daudette
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer. I've had it on several years and there is a good amount of variability in terms of taste and gravity. That said, whereas 2009 was a very weak year for this beer, the 2010 version was exceptional. I'm holding on to a few to see how well they age. Overall a good beer, and well worth the drive to great Barrington to sample.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark copper brown color with a big creamy tan head and serious lacing. The aroma is a very likeable raspberry cranberry medley with toffee malt and fruit nougat. Very pleasant yet not over the top at all. The first taste brings a malty blend of bubblegum cherry and root beer with an herbal hop edge. The combination is really unique as holiday brews go but it totally works and easily makes my Christmas list. This stuff is medium-plus bodied with modest carbonation and an easy drinker.

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Photo of rorjets
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Natedog23
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mkobes
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought it back from the brewpub.
22 oz bottle from the brewpub. Clear red in color with a tan head. Sweet tasting. Interesting aroma combination of alcohol and hops. Gentle hops. Belgian like. Fruity malt flavor. Nice alcohol burn. Drinkable beer. Very dangerous though.

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bog
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this brew bottled and labeled as "Berkshire Mountain Brewers" in a 1 Pint, 6 oz bottle. As far as the beer goes, it is not marked for alcohol content at all and I was very surprised to learn that it is 11% ABV. It poured smoothly with almost no head and is dark brows/slightly reddish in color. It smells of berries and hops, and tastes less of berries than hops. Overall, it tastes like a strong pale ale and similar to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale (2002).

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FFCaldwell
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of fuel with 11% ABV! Growler from the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant, courtesy of the in-laws.

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Barrington Yule Fuel from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 19 ratings