Daft | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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4.07/5
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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:
#5,181
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
75
pDev:
8.6%
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 11
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 StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is pretty intense, and for not being insanely strong for the style, it sure feels like it is, a slow sipper to say the least, but this has excellent flavor, a lot of the rye whiskey coming through in both aroma and flavor, and there is a lot of malt character here too, sweet caramel and toffee notes, somewhat more pale and on the lighter side than a lot of these, but then also some earthy, nutty, and even bitter aspects as well. maybe its not overly layered or complex in the grain build, but i think its a great platform for the whiskey, which is hot for sure, but also full of flavor, i get maple, bruleed white sugar, charred old oak, and the rye itself, which adds a needed spice intensity to this, slightly peppery and earthy, and then a whole bunch of booziness which slows me down quite a lot. i like how much whiskey comes through here, but i do think this could be more mellow than it is on the alcohol and the sugar. it also doesnt seem to have quite enough body for all the intense flavors in here, more smoothness would be a good add to this. overall though, this is a really solid barleywine, warming as it should be, and with a distinctly rye profile to it. a little bit outside what i know the wheelhouse of urban chestnut to be, but this is nice beer this time of year.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 aasher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

EBW. Aged on barrels, thank god, because this style is just rotten times five if it's not barrel aged.

Pours a little opaque and a little limp. Nice haziness to it, though.

Smells excellent. Big vanilla, giant barley, and raw sour back end.

Tastes nearly as excellent as it smells. Little bit of a neat mustard node on the back end, and while I can see that turning people off frankly I'm just happy to see something new on a gigantic beer. The middles tastes of almonds and there's not hint of booziness at all. Quite nice.

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Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, muddy brown color with a small amount of khaki head that fades slowly to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin quite barrel forward. Lots of toffee, rye, sweet caramel maltiness and more oaky rye. As it warms I get some dark fruit, with emerging hints of raisin and molasses.

The tastes follow the nose with sweet caramel and toffee maltiness that leads into copious amount of rye and oak barrel. Not boozy surpisingly but loaded with rye barrel flavors, slighly spicy in the finish. As it warms you get some solid flavors of vanilla and sweet dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet, chewy with just enough of a drying rye/oak spiciness to counter the sweet caramel maltiness.

Overall this was a surprising treat. I enjoy the lower ABV compared to most BA beers and I also am a fan of Rye so the smaller base beer allowed the rye flavors to really shine. This is my second beer from Urban Chestnut and I believe their first BA offering but I haven't had a bad beer yet. Really drinkable for a BA Barleywine and a nice nightcap for an evening for sure.

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

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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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 hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dan for this awesome extra!

A. Pours a dark murky brown with a very nice finger of cream colored head. Head is tightly beaded and lacing is very good. Retention is outstanding.

S. Dark fruit, cherry, faint banana, caramel, vanilla, toffee, some light baking chocolate, and a hint of spiciness from the rye.

T. Follows the nose...stone fruit, spicy rye, caramel, some slightly resinous hops, and a little bit of chocolate. Not as complex as I'd like, but what's there is very good.

M. Mildly carbed and full bodied without being too cloying or sticky. Does come off slightly watery.

O. This is a surprisingly good barrel aged English Barleywine. Considering this style is almost exclusively dominated by shelf whales, it's impressive to see a smaller brewery take a stab and come out of it looking pretty darn good. This doesn't have quite enough body or complexity to replace Sucaba or Mother of All Storms, but it certainly doesn't get blown away by them either. It's a very good beer that is better than the sum of its parts. I'd happily drink this any time.

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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 Nat1975
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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