Black Husky Brewing

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #254
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Ranked #22,569
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Black Husky Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 2014 vintage into chalice. Coffee colored with a brown 2 finger head and a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty, bready, with hints of char and some caramel sweetness. Flavor has a good amount of roasted malt and barely that gives it almost a coffee or charred wood flavor. I find some burnt sweet caramel and toffee along with a few notes of dark fruit. Earthy hops still linger after almost 2 years. A medium feel with some drying on the palate and soft carbonation. This is definitely a different take on a BW, but still enjoyable. Unsure if I will revisit at $14 a bomber.

Dec 12, 2015
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KillerJigger from Iowa

4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This one really hits on all my likes. Great head that makes a great mouth feel. Not to sweet with roasty notes and a sweet finish. Great job brewers @ Black Husky! Loved it!!!!

Aug 18, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks one last time to BlackElixir for this, the last bottle from our May in person swap. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after a few IPAs at a wedding reception.

The pour is darker than expected, dark brown/red with a fair amount of headiness. The nose is caramel, sugar, rye bread, & something I can’t put my nasal hairs on. Interesting for a barleywine.

Headbutter lands a left hook of confusion betwixt the hemispheres of my brain. There’s a big graininess that harkens to a bock, covered in a tooting of caramel/toffee that’s twisted & oddified by the earthy hops. The finish is one long pine bough that seems to suffuse everything mouth; along with a shot of alcohol. Smooth, but not something I could drink a lot of. Eleven ounces will be plenty for this lifetime, thanks.

Jarring. The ingredients really don’t come together here, but seem to be simultaneously clashing & not terribly interesting. Just mediocre beer.

Jul 19, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a dark murky brown color with a head of big bubbles.

Smell - The nose measures sweets caramel and barley.

Taste - I am first able to note the sweet caramel, then dark chewy barley lays the backbone with a sense of spice and nuttiness. Hops are of the Earthy variety. The beer finishes warm with a modest sweetness.

Mouthfeel -At best, the mouthfeel in inconsistent. It seems thick at times, thin at others.

Overall - This is a well crafted, balanced barleywine.

Jul 15, 2015
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9.5% (roughly)

A - Headbutter pours a rich copper color with a tall light khaki cap of foam that seems to rest on the beer relentlessly, generating rings of lace on the glass as it lowers.

S - Chewy caramel and rich toffee unload a plethora of sweetness into the nostrils, closely followed by bready malts and and notes of cocoa. As Headbutter warms, a kiss of orange peel comes out making it smell somewhat like one of those delicious chocolate oranges! Earthy hops meander in the background with woody characteristics that almost mimic being stale - a sort of Belgian beer trait, interestingly enough.

T - While the aroma lacks that aromatic hop burst found in most American Barleywines, the flavor does not. Packed with the same bold malt profile the aroma brings about, rich with caramel and toffee sweetness, the flavor is also loaded with plenty of bitter American hops that dive right into piny resin and earthy wood notes for what's truly more American barleywine-like that it initially leads on. Oh, and let's not forget the subtly warming alcohol on the finish. Mmm.

M - If Headbutter weren't so damn creamy (seriously, it almost comes across like nitro carbonation) its full bodied profile might come across a little syrupy - this is a big malty beer. Thankfully they like using their hops up there in Pembine and Headbutter has a dry, balancing bitter finish that lingers on the tongue.

O - Part English, part American, all barleywine, Black Husky's Headbutter brings big maltiness reminiscent of some of the English-style brews with a flavor and bitterness akin to the American beasts, marrying the two with a creamy-smooth profile that finishes wonderfully

Jul 03, 2014
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don1481 from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap here at Stubbys. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: no carbonation, very slight head. Deep red in color.

Smell: oh my. Sweet smelling, faint hint of alcohol. Can't quite put my finger on the sweetness,though.

Taste: that's... Different. Very very hopped. Definitely an American Barleywine. Alcohol hits you right in the face. Not quite as complex as a lot of the other BW I've had lately. Pretty much hops and booze. Simple and to the point.

Mouthfeel: pretty crisp overall. Slight hop aftertaste.

Overall: I'm not sure what to make of this. It really is in your face like a left hook. Its well executed but pretty simple in its pallette. I don't think I will be buying this at Rays. Sorry, Kaleb.

Mar 21, 2014
Headbutter from Black Husky Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 37 ratings