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Sour Barley Wine | The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company

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The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BigBry on 05-22-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of MilkLeg
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes)

A the darkest brown, almost sits black very dark for the style, slow bubbles feed a thin film of tan foam that has decent retention leaving lace from very little actual foam

S black currents, leather, cherries, a little coco and anise, faint vinegar but not a whole lot of sour, vinous notes and oak work well with the fruity notes, different but solid

T has some cherry cola aspect going for it, fruited soft caramel, leather, raisins, figs, wine barrel plays a part, pretty good really I wasn't sure what to expect

M thick, enough carbonation to give it some life, lots of red fruit and wood lingering,

O mellow and tasty, good use of wine cask and this 2011 vintage is probably drinking as well as it ever will at this point

I'm a little confused with this listing, my bottle says "Sour Beer Barley Wine, Finished in a Kettle Valley Winery Caboose Cask 2011
Confused or not this beer was a pleasant surprise that I'd drink again

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, another of their sour series that have been finished in a Kettle Valley Caboose red wine cask. Can't say I've ever had the base barleywine from Grizzly Paw - do they even release one?

This beer pours a dark, nearly opaque murky brown colour, with one skinny finger of bubbly, but actually mostly creamy tan head, which leaves a single instance of drooping Gateway Arch lace around the glass as it quickly seeps away.

It smells of dense black orchard fruit, the kind that possesses a certain level of rot, musty red wine lees, caramel/toffee malt, a soft oaken woodiness, tame red vinegar notes, and leafy, herbal, and gratingly perfumed hops. The taste is a mix of wine barrel charred caramel and subtle vanilla, dusty old Werther's Originals, sour red orchard fruit, a bit of dank yeast, and the same herbal, weedy, and lightly perfumed hops from the aroma.

The carbonation is still alive and kicking, if only in a gentle, well engaging and frothy manner, the body a heady medium weight, having borne the assault of the barrel well here, even allowing for a mostly protected and protracted smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated by the persistent red wine barrel tartness.

Of the three cask-treated offerings in this series from Grizzly Paw, I'd have to say that this one comes off the best, essentially due to the apparently sturdy base brew, and the existence of at least a few complementary inherent characteristics, i.e. she's a big one, and can easily handle a wee touch o' the wine barrel, eh? Oh, and I just noticed that this is called 'Barley' Barley Wine - a bit too much enjoyment of the product before final label approval went out, perchance?

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grizzly Paw's third installment in their sour beer series.

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell - sweet vinous aromas, dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig), toffee, earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - The taste is dominated by the sweet vinous aromas and dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). The hops are very overpowered by the barrel. The taste borders an English Barleywine because of this.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes dry with the vinous sweetness. The body is a tad thin for the style.

Overall - An interesting experimentation with the American Barleywine style. Its a shame the hops are overpowered by the vinous flavours of the barrel. Adjustments are needed to get this up to par for the style as it drinks like an English Barleywine not an American Barleywine as per the classification.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BigBry
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the rotating offerings we spotted on our last trip to Canmore, and lunch at the Grizzly Paw. I was unable to get any more info about this beer, so I am unsure if this was a one-of, or if it will be a rotating regular.
Served in a small snifter, the color and body could have been a scotch. I got a few looks from other patrons when my beer arrived. Sweet grainy smell, with some warming alcohol vapors. The flavor was heavy, with an amazing mix of malt sweetness, slight hop bitterness, and just enough sour finish to keep it clean and tingly on the tongue. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much, assumed it was have a puckering or even infected-tasting sourness - but I was totally wrong. I was very impressed, couldn't stop swirling my glass, sniffing and sipping. Thick, rich body and mouthfeel. A great experience. It they had it bottled, I would have snapped up an arm load on the spot!

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Sour Barley Wine from The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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