Daft | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States

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

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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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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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