Serenity | Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by badboyrsl84 on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 17
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured from a 12oz wax bottle into a 3 oz snifter. Probably the most gorgeous looking beer i have ever poured. A beautiful clear cherry amber with thin lacing at the edges.

S: Intense deep caramel notes perfectly melting into oak and light whiskey bliss. 

T: This beer is banging right off the bat. Delivers rich burnt oak flavors mixed with light cherry and whiskey notes. The heat is barely noticeable
helping you recognize these complex flavors available for your palate.

M: Deep intense complex flavors complemented by a great dryness. 

O: My second beer by Manzanita. The first was average but this one is easily one of my favorite barrel aged barley wines. Well worth the price. Will be buying another.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, poured to snifter, slightly hazy amber, light shines through beautifully. 1/4 inch of creamy head, slow, steady carbonation.

Nose is sweet, of caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Malts have a strong presence here.

Flavors work hard to shine over the whiskey here. Malts are delicious and caramel. Nice tannic lacing. Interesting, I'd almost swear I taste ginger and orange peel as I reach deep to recognize flavors.

Feels sticky, great aftertaste as well.

Overall, I am very pleased to get to try this one...Much thanks to Mtbbright! Very delicious indeed.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into my Bruery snifter.

Clear caramel color with a small head that fades quickly. The liquid is clear and inviting.

Nice malt flavors shine through, whisky and barrel. The whisky flavors are light and smooth.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation and a clean finish.

A very tasty 12% beer. I have plenty stashed and can't wait for Manzanita's next barrel aged beer.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was released at the Manzanita one year anniversary party. Its been sitting in a whiskey barrel for the last year.

Pours a heavy brownish caramel in to the glass with a good fuzzy head that disappears quickly.

Smell - rich caramel and sweet malts. A touch of vanilla and whiskey from sitting in the barrel.

Taste. Very rich with flavors. Lots of thick mouth lacing caramel. It finishes with vanilla and a touch of whskey. Little to no alcohol kick.

Overall- its very smooth and the 12% abv is almost non apparent. I find this one to be very good and would like to have another.

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up out of curiosity.
The beer pours a very clear brown caramel color with a light tan finger of head that fades somewhat quickly and can be revived to a film. The nose is big of caramel, toffee and whiskey. Thats where the taste is too, the whiskey barrel defenitly makes its presence known and is very welcome along with the caramel and toffee, the alcohol heat is well hidden. The body is a little lighter then I've grown used to with big barleywines but enjoyable with good carbonation. This one definitly is under the radar and pretty good, I would gladly drink more.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of NickMunford
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Manzanita's first anniversary beer from 2011. Tried on 1/14/2013.

Since I didn't get the chance to try this fresh, I'm not sure what the comparison would be like. But I'm guessing some age has mellowed it out. Pours a hazy light copper with little head. It's pretty smooth for a barleywine, with a nice sticky mouthfeel. The 12.1% ABV isn't very evident. Heavy caramel flavor. Only a light hint of the whiskey barrel aging. I wish I had more than a 12oz bottle! Luckily, I've heard that they're aging this again in barrels currently, and may be doing larger format bombers the next round.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of rawfish
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kshock
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange color with a brown hue giving it more of a dark tint. Very bright and good head retention, really nice appearance

S- Hops are very apparent at first but as it warms, lots of caramel whisky characteristics come through. very nice nose.

T- Malt sweetness with a good hop character. Very nice beer. When it warms up the barrel qualities come through very nicely.

M- Med to lite body with a good carb tickle on the palate.

O- Very nice for the first offering.

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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChadQuest
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is an Amber sunburst with a thin off white ring around the upper edge of the spot where the beer meets the glass.
I like the aroma on this quite a bit, caramel sweetness with some whiskey whispers.
Caramel rolled in brown sugar, whiskey and oak are prominent (<3), not as deep and rich as the aroma indicated but just as sweet and alcoholic, the strong alcohol is nice just needs a bit more richness.
Mouthfeel is granular medium-dense.

C/3 = Average

I liked this beer, if you like alcoholic barleywines you should go buy some.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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