Serenity | Twisted Manzanita Ales

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
51 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
twistedmanzanita.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by badboyrsl84 on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
51
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a slightly murky copper with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, whisky, and slight wood aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with there is a subtle tartness I am picking up too. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged barleywine but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at South Park Abbey, served in a tulip glass. Not much head on the dark amber brew.

Sweet and hot is the main impression. Full of grainy flavors. Spicy tang cuts through the sugars. Huge malt in every dimension. Serious alcohol but it tastes even stronger than wine. Body is on the syrupy side. Flavors are murkier than I like. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Very slow sipping and constantly surprised by the powerful flavors and booziness.

I will have to try the bottled version, which sounds more refined. Maybe this keg has more of the murky yeasty flavors.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle sent to me as an extra by Nugganooch; as always, thanks Dane! Bottle says it is whiskey aged; 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a murky, deep reddish brown color with an inch of light tan head that lasts for 1 minute and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toffee, bready malts, whiskey, coconut, alcohol, wood, and sweet dark fruits. Not a ton of whiskey but nice and a lot of caramel.

t - Tastes of caramel, whiskey, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, alcohol, oak,sweet dark fruits, molasses, and sugar. More alcohol than the nose and sweeter; still not a ton of whiskey. A touch more wood too.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a touch of heat. Not too heavy, though you can tell it is 12.1% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a good barleywine. I don't think the whiskey barrel comes through much, but I still liked the nose and taste so not a big deal. A bit strong and a sipper for sure, but a good barleywine I'd like to have again.

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3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a khaki colored head. The nose starts off with mild vanilla and whiskey. There's some caramel and toffee notes, along with hints of oak and fruit. Mild oxidation is present as well. The flavor is sugary, almost a touch grainy. Carmel and sugar, light toffee and vanilla. Very restrained whiskey, some oak, light oxidation, and a touch of fruit.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a slight creamy head that dies down to a thick lacing, very viscous and sticky when the glass is swirled.

S - Brown sugar, light molasses, whiskey, candy toffee, light wood and citrus.

T - Whiskey is forefront, oak, candy toffee, light colored molasses, and light citrus on the end with a slight tinge of tang.

M - Heavy medium body and sticky.

O - Aged nicely, purchased this bottle at the end of 2011 when I was out for San Diego Beer Week.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz black wax dipped bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/8/12
* From notes

-- Bottle purchased at BottleWorks in San Diego on 10/30/11 --

A: Cloudy cider amber. A decent pour yields a .25 finger head that's loose and fades much too quickly. A white collar rims the glass.

S: If you had asked me if this was barrel aged, then I'd have said no. It's much hoppier then I'd expected, though the hops are really beginning to fade. Not overly memorable.

T: Very nice. Again, those pine-like hops are right there, yet this time they're much more balanced and kept in check. The whiskey characteristics are mild, the beer is more creamy then hot. Pleasant and approachable. Not a lot of smoke or coconut, though as it warms to around room temp, I do get a lot more of the typical vanilla, coconut and toasted wood profiles I look for on BA beers like this.

M: Not bad. It's not overly brash or rough, yet it's not the motor oil consistency I prefer. No complaints here.

O: What a nice find. I'm all about unearthing small breweries and their hidden gems. So ok, this isn't the diamond in the rough I'd hoped for, but I'll be damned if it wasn't an above average entry into the American BA Barleywine category. A bit pricey at or around $10 a 12oz bottle, yet it's certainly a worthwhile tick.

Thumbs up.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rawfish for sending this my way, a beer that squatted on my wants list for quite some time. 12 oz. waxed bottle broken into with brute force.

The pour is a dark orange with a surprisingly relevant head & zero sediment, which surprised me, I have no idea why. Nose hits the barleywine nail on the head, caramel, sweetness, & some more nice caramel.

Serenity is no doubt a different beast now that it's been resting quietly for so long. Follows through on the promise of the nose: a caramel bomb. Toffee, green apple, touch of oxidation that doesn't detract. Whiskey is only a gentle tickle in the back of the throat. Much more lively than I expected, & so easy to drink.

Perhaps not fair to be rating a beer this old, but it sounds like the barrel aging was pretty subtle to begin with & it still is, rendering a warmth in the chest more than any overt taste. Good barleywine.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Serenity from Twisted Manzanita Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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