March To The Sea | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Coastal Empire Beer Co.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 06-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Bunuelian
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlandy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into claret glass. Amber-brown color with modest carbonation leading to nice head. Malts, bread and hints of fruit to the nose. Medium feel on palate and hops are not overwhelming yet they linger by coating the mouth. Maybe that's the "fire" resonating!!

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Photo of MTKATL
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"General Sherman's infamous inferno from Atlanta to Savannah in 1864 was not one of our great states finest moments. Looking to resurrect, recreate, and redefine this march our two breweries have come up with a tactical liquid to finally put out Tecumseh's fire. Huzzah." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine, available in limited run 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Collaborative release between Burnt Hickory and Coastal Empire Beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel-creme tone head of a foamy froth consistency over a deep copper amber body with moderate flecked sediment and abundant lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Accessible but sturdy. Bread malts, caramelized toffee malts, light fruit sugars, delicate pine hop presence. Modest sweetness with the slight body of the malt build providing adequate balance. Very clean with little to no discernible graininess nor alcohol heat. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Toasted bread, caramel grain syrups, buttery toffee undertones. Noticeable graininess and alcohol on the back end although it is still palatable for the style, and goes by easily. Fading piney hops generate an appropriate amount of bitterness. Light fruit characteristics, very simple yeast delivery, mostly malt-driven so not overly complex. Again, shy hop presence, with much of the bitterness coming from the specialty grains. Finishes modestly dry with a reserved alcohol burn. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, softly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy bitter and grainy. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) An all-around enjoyable collaborative barleywine that isn't likely to earn points for originality but does manage to keep itself nicely balanced and the graininess and alcohol in check. With no notable yeast-borne characteristics and a simple, fading hop profile, much of the flavor is malt-driven. For this, it is arguably one of the mildest-mannered American barleywines I have had but overall does the trick for me as I prefer my barleywines that way. I wouldn't mind a repeat purchase should this become an annual collaboration. 3.75

Burnt Hickory Brewery's
March to the Sea American Barleywine Ale

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really delicious smooth barley wine, not overly boozy or sweet, very well balanced with hop flavors and sugary malt. I would definitely pick this one up again!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a red wine glass. The liquid is a dark, nearly opaque amber, with lots of sediment floating around. The head is a thick, luscious khaki that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a thick coating of lace.

Aroma is sweet - caramel, toffee, burning sugar, with a surprising undertone of resinous hops and a faint smoky scent. The alcohol content breathes a bit of fire into the nose, giving it a nice weightiness. Smells delicious.

Taste is less sweet than the nose from the get-go, starting off with a much more restrained sugary profile. Mid-palate, the hops really make themselves known with some strong bitterness on the tongue, while the swallow brings out some smoky roastiness - really carmelly in the literal sense, like sugar that you're cooking in a saucepan. The finish is surprisingly bitter and drying, and the alcohol content makes sure you're aware with it on the fiery aftertaste. Really nice mix of hoppy and sweet, and the caramel flavors here are really well-done.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for such a full flavor, but the carbonation makes it creamy and smooth.

Overall, very enjoyable! I do wish there was a bit less hops though - what I'll remember most is the burnt sugar taste here, and I think that would have been better able to shine with less bitterness. Next time I'll lay the bottle down for a while longer and see how it comes out.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omonigan
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always hate to see the word "American" in front of barleywine since most are far too bitter without aging. This one is extremely well balanced with the hops providing a wonderful level of contrast to the malt and teetering just barely on the side of not being truly bitter. Probably the best non-aged American Barleywine I've ever had. I've been really impressed with the last few Burnt Hickory beers I've had. Well done.

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Photo of Beer21
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crownrl28
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VaughanSchmidt
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllDayIPA23
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've tried about everything BHB has sent to retail, and it has all been great. So didn't hesitate when I saw their American Barleywine hit stores by me. Unfortunately, this beer just didn't do it for me. I could hardly pick up on anything but the oveewhelming boozy flavor. I would like to think that this is one that I should have stored, and would have been much better.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. At a concert. In the sun. Probably could have picked a better setting.

A - Nice, dark amber. Two fingers of head.

S - Not usually a huge fan of American Barleywines, but this beer has a nice malty, nutty aroma.

T - Follows pretty logically from the aroma. Not terribly boozy given the ABV, and not overbearingly hoppy.

M - Medium-heavy bodied.

O - Yet another solid collab from Burnt Hickory. Falls cleanly into the "quite good" category. Still, can't help but wish BH would focus a tad more.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ramblinwreck101
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99. 2015 Vintage, released 07/2015. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a burgundy chestnut with almost two fingers of dense pale head. A milky layer froth lingers accross the surface along with a wide halo that leaves substantial sheets of lace.

The nose seems fairly hot, particularly when cool. Grains, assertive piney and dank hops and some underlying caramel sweetness.

Tastes like an American barleywine for sure: cereal grains, burnt caramel, dank piney hops, marshmallows, faint honey and some grain alcohol-like heat. The booze heat sinks into the background as this nears room temperature, allowing those sweet, rich caramel grains to shine.

There is a nice heft to the slick, medium full feel with relatively soft carbonation. Pine, caramel and grain alcohol in the aftertaste with just a little cooling alcohol feeling.

Burnt Hickory and Coastal Empire have teamed up to produce a pretty darn good American barleywine. I was slightly skeptical with the first cold sips but by the end of the bottle I was quite happy with it. Looking forward to seeing how this ages.

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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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March To The Sea from Burnt Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 35 ratings