Oak Aged Slobberknocker | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-25-2011

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewpub last weekend. Served in a half-pint.

Pour yields a clear amber-colored brew with a small off-white head that eventually leaves behind some sparse lacing. The nose carries a moderate amount of bread and caramel. It's somewhat grainy as well. Along with that are some citrus hops and a bit of booze. The flavor is a bit plain with some oak to accompany the malt presence. Light bread crust and some citrus character. The mouthfeel consists of a light sweetness along with moderate bitterness. Medium body that is slightly boozy. Light carbonation with the cask serving. Not fantastic, but certainly a worthy brew. Will be interesting to see what some age does to this.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA) on 2/11/12 during their 2nd Annual Barleywine Festival. Served in a small footed Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin cap of creamy bright-white head. This stays frothy looking, leaving back swathes of lacing that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells herbal, piney, and woody at all once. Fruity citrus and toffee sweetness comes in behind that and then melds into the rye whiskey flavors along the back. This is overall spicy, sticky, and oaky feeling in the nose.

Those hops really push though here in the taste, with those Citra hops in particular giving off a still bright feeling citric fruitiness and resinous notes. A firm feeling caramel sweetness sits in the background and mostly sticks to the fruit that is present. The barrel mostly hangs on the edges, with a green tannic feel (which is occasionally hard to pick out against the hops) that pulls into the finish, where that rye whiskey dominates with a warm, dry, and spicy feel that sticks to the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but not huge feeling, with a sharpness up front of the carbonation that then smells out along the back into a firm creaminess. The alcohol here is well hid (the strength of the hops alone sees to that) with most of the warmth here coming from the barrel flavors.

This was interesting but seemed like it maybe could have used a bit more time in the barrel to help mellow and meld all of those rather strong flavors here together. It’s basically still half Citra-hopped American Barleywine and half rye whiskey barrel at this point. I would have liked to feel a little more ebb and flow to the profiles overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap today at the brewpub. Had after their new Oaked Oat. 12 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange-brown color with one inch of a medium tan head and light carbonation evident. Light lacing.

s - Smell is a little muted. Smells of tropical fruits, light bourbon, oak, toasted malts, light caramel, and fruity malts. Very surprised how fruity this is.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, fruity malts, pineapples, and light citrus hops. Again, a ton of fruit and some hops. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

m - Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Pretty nice.

o - Overall a decent beer, though a tiny bit disappointing. Not really what I was expecting, as there there was a lot of fruit, especially pineapple and tropical fruits. Decent, but not my favorite of their beers; I enjoyed the Oaked Oat much more.

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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

draft at the brewpub

a: served in a small snifter, this barreled barleywine is a hazy, deep amber-brown in color, sporting an off-white head with average retention

s: rich caramel and other malt sugars, heavy boiled fruits, oak and some nice bourbon/vanilla, strongly boozy to my nose, grain, muddled citrus hops tempered with age

m: carbonation moderate with a medium-heavy body, smooth, nice

t: quite similar to the aroma - loaded with caramel and soft, warm fruits, very strong alcoholic presence, bourbon and oak, citrusy hop flavor with a moderate bitterness

o: a nice enough barleywine, the bourbon barrel is heavily and boozily expressed here - but I'm a liquor fan, so not a huge deal, there's enough flavor to go around here, but not complex enough for higher scores, enjoyable overall


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Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jimmys
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

had on tap at the brewpub for the 2nd Annual Barleywine Festival. review from Sunday, 2/12.

brewed 2010, aged 6 months on Catoctin Creek rye barrels.

A: hazy orange hue. one of the better looking heads of the samples i received. good retention.
S: smells like a crayola crayon box and sour patch kids. that or spree candy. there is definitely some kind of slightly unpleasant sour aroma here.
T: the rye is very prominent and a bit raw. some smooth caramel malt flavor does peak its head out, but not enough to compete with the barrel. cant say i have had a boatload of brews aged on rye barrels, but i have never had any that are this rye/wood dominated. bubblegum lingers on the palate.
M: moderate carbonation. full bodied.
D: the hops are a non-factor in this brew. surprised to read what started as an american barley is now a barrel bomb with a little bit of grain. festival ranking: #4 of the 4 tried.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Oak Aged Slobberknocker from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 13 ratings