Daft | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
urbanchestnut.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing ‘rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots’. This particular ‘aged-one’ is a barley-wine ale that rested for a few months in a rye whiskey barrel, imparting it with some not so subtle notes of spicy rye, oak and sweet caramel. As you enjoy this complex and potent beer, please heed those words of advice – “Imbibe with care, lest you be a Daft fool!”

12 IBU

Added by DCon on 02-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,120
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
75
pDev:
8.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
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Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, strong bourbon, slight alcohol, slight yeast, slight hop, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong bourbon, slight alcohol, yeast, slight caramel malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, almost completely bourbon, not a very good blend nor complexity.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of 00chris
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16oz brown pop top Euro-style bottle. Nice label, including barreling and bottling dates. I think (if I remember correctly) that this was around $8-9 bucks. Into my Duvel tulip. Drinking this tonight to commemorate my leave of absence (and possible departure) from my PhD program. Served between cellar and room temperature.

Appearance: Ruddy red amber brew, with a nice ivory cap that shows good sticking power. Probably would be a bit brighter if I'd kept all of the sediment in the bottle. All in all, not a bad looking English barleywine.

Smell: Immediately I get notes of lightly-toasted pecans (awesome aroma) with a bit of earthy/musty green apple as well. Some buttery praline sweetness as well. The booze is pretty well hidden here, with just a hint peeking through. Overall, not immensely complex, but pleasant; a little like a caramel apple.

Taste: The booze certainly comes across more on the palate than in the aromas, but it's not quiiiite hot. The barrel character is still pretty forward here, with light notes of charred wood and fruity, spicy alcohol. Notes of pecan praline and just a hint of apple as well. This is pretty good now, but I feel like I should have probably let it sit for the year that I had originally planned (cracking this tonight was kind of a spur of the moment decision) when the flavors can fight their way past the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and fairly smooth

Overall: This is one that, with some time, shows real promise. Like I said, I was planning to keep it for a year or so (at least until next fall) but tonight it seemed a perfect choice, as I'm second guessing whether I might be a bit 'daft' myself for leaving the program and...well...it's around 20 degrees outside with 50mph gusts and swirling snow: perfect weather for an English barleywine. In the end, this is decent beer now; I have little doubt that, with time, the nutty, caramelly flavors might push forward past the alcohol to assert themselves more forcefully, and the whole thing might come together a bit better. If you see it and like the style, grab a bottle. For the time being, I'd rate it around an 85: a solid B. However, I think it's likely to improve in the future.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for $5.50. Tapped from the Wooden Handle w/ DAFT labeled on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- Tons of malt and caramel in the aroma. Not much hop present but a slight booziness comes in at the end of the drink.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has great retention! Has the darkest caramel colored body and quite a bit of depth. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor is very subtle with tons of caramel and malt once again. A light hop flavor is found and finishes with a light bitterness level. Not very strong for a barleywine...

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Creamy, and leaves tons of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- For a 9.2% Barleywine, it can really fool you! Very drinkable and had a ton of caramel and malt. Wish there was more of the richness and/or oaky flavors that I usually enjoy. If available, order this one as your 2nd or 3rd one of the night.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vitters03
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrLaFollette
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rado
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of jroberts8811
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle #922. Bottled Aug 2012.

Beer is very dark amber in colour, a deep ruby red. Small to moderately sized beige head, fades fairly quickly.

The nose readily reveals that this has been barrel-aged. Whisky, vanilla and oak are all present. However, they are not overpowering. Caramel malt, toffee and brown sugar are there as well. Green apple. Quite a sweet aroma.

Tastes pretty good, barrel noticeable but in no way dominant. Some rye whisky and oak, but a stronger focus on caramel, toffee, brown sugar and green apple. Fairly sweet, but not crazily so.

Full bodied, but a bit thin for the style and ABV. Moderate carbonation. Sweetness dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, a tasty brew, and the barrel is nicely used, but I think the base beer could be improved a bit.

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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Daft from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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