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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
steeltoebrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Steasy66 on 04-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,139
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
229
pDev:
8.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2.76/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear, maroon-tinged mahogany body with a very thin film of tan-colored head. Retention is nonexistent; so is lace. The beer is more or less still.

S: Rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, some booze. Having sipped on King Henry and Abacus relatively recently, I can't truthfully say this is top-tier, given how much harsher it is than those.

T: Rich sweetness (caramel, brown sugar, toffee) with some vanilla. Strong whiskey and heat. This actually reminds me a lot of fresh [bottled] Abacus, which can be one-dimensionally sweet and boozy, but this is a little more simple and harsher in flavor. Some bitter citrus hops are noted.

M: Boozy. Full-bodied with very little carbonation to suppress the syrupiness.

O: Not worth seeking out, IMO. If you love barleywines, it's probably worth the tick... If you love great barleywines, then don't bother.

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3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whatup14
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml C&C bottle with my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
* notes from 05/17/13

-received as an extra from Mid about a year ago – thanks homie!

A: Pours a dark and murky rusted red color. Call it a ruddy brown that is completely opaque with some particles floating about. There is nothing but a quick flash of dark khaki froth from some struggling carb bubbles. No hang time here and no stick to speak of. A rather drab and unattractive looking brew to be honest.

S: Smells of toffee caramel nougat with fig and ripe dark plum. There is a firm presence of stinging booze and some spicy rye noted. I get a whisper of vanilla mixed in with some earthy minerals and damp wood. But this is big on the fruity ester aromas with a date sugar likeness.

T: Dark toffee and gooey caramels are pronounced with accompanying dried dark fruits like prune and fig. Has a nutty quality overall with a light rye spiced influence and touch of sherry. The whiskey is rather hot with booze and a bit harsh as I find it clashing with some of the other flavors here. It does cut through the sweetness nicely however. There is an actual upper level of bitterness to the beer with a touch earth and herbal hop flavors. Finishes with more booze and more toffee and nougat sweets. Not much barrel action going on really.

M: Full bodied and undercarbonated makes for a big chewy bastard. There is an attempted drying towards the finish but it ends up on the wetter side. Finale is fairly clean.

D: Not a favorite. Big on the malty sweetness and fruity esters. Low on the barrel character and carbonation.
I found this one to be a bit harsh still and think it would benefit from an additional 1-2 years aging.

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3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ramay86
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 into snifter. Unsure of vintage (has plain brown label, not the one pictured here)

Pours murky mahogony with minimal head - no lacing
oxidation, sherry and a touch of sour - this one hasn't held up great
More of the same with a bitter edge - harsh hops perhaps? Not smooth
Thick and rich mouthfeel - lightly carbed befitting the style

Overall an okay barrel aged barleywine, but on the extreme end of the oxidized sherry flavor profile (like omega point). definitely drink fresh if you have one

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3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid barrel aged presence but the alcohol is pretty strong in this one.

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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color. Pours like syrup and is visibly viscous. Looks flat. Absolutely no head at all. 3.5

S: Aroma of musty apples and wood. Alcohol and alcoholic spice. 3

T: taste is very nice on the front end. Lots of sweet caramel and molasses. Vanilla. Opens up nicely as it warms. 4.0

M: Full bodied, thick, and viscous. Borderline syrupy. Very low carbonation. Hot - practically burns the throat. 4.0

O: Let me just say, I had this at a tasting and five of us couldn't kill off a bottle of it; there is no way I could have tolerated an entire bottle. When it was first popped, I didn't really care for it too much at first, but I'll admit it opened up pretty nice. Still it is a a bit hot and would probably benefit from some age. 4.0

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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown. Reddish. Thin collar.

Smell - Some whiskey. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Rich malt aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malts. Whiskey. Some darker malts come through. Brown sugar. Hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quite good if too sweet.

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Lunker from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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