Tickle Fight | Solemn Oath Brewery

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Tickle FightTickle Fight

Brewed by:
Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rhoadsrage on 03-27-2013

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of Duff27
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maz
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light brown-orange body that looks syrupy, only a ring of off-white head forms. The label has phenomenal contrast between shiny/matte with excellent detail in the illustration... a zombie grappling a multi-eyed ring-nosed equestrian?? I'm not sure what's exactly going on, but that's besides the point: this label is sex. Nose offers much more unopposed warmth and depth than I was expecting from the description on the label: it's almost entirely caramel, butterscotch, toasted malt, vanilla, and oddly sweet raw malt, followed by a small sampling of citric hops. The flavor doubles down on this warmth while simultaneously incorporating more bitter/acidic hops, which in turn only amplifies the appreciation of the malt. It's a glorious upwards spiral of warm and sweet caramel/butterscotch boozy maltiness and underpowered but antagonizing bitter orange rind hops. It isn't the most powerful beer on the planet, but it handles its shit well. The body is viscous and a little oily, definitely sticky, and heavily weighted with carbonation that does well staying in the shadows.
Especially considering that this was not barrel aged (and thank goodness for that, because it preserves its price and thus value), it has a damn lot of character and warm notes that seem to go beyond what unadulterated malts should be able to accomplish, all the while hiding the booze, managing to put the malt at the forefront without making it cloying, and adding hops but not letting them even get close to becoming prominent. If I had reviewed this a year ago in my more lenient stage it would probably be a few points higher, damn myself for trying to become more judicious right as I open up a wonder like this. Needless to say, this is a shelf-steal, and my thanks go out to SO for the experience.

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Photo of bwood06
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My wife is a big fan of barleywines so she ordered this one up during a recent trip to SO's tasting room, during which time we met a couple of our good friends for some brews prior to dinner. Despite my wife's penchant for barleywines, I was lucky enough to receive a few sips in order to log a proper review of this beer.

This beer pours a deep red, almost mahogany, hue and is clear with a thin, off-white, frothy head that dissipates very quickly to a ghostly thin lacing. 3.75/5 The aroma is pretty much all malt with deep red fruit, red wine grapes, dates, raisins, and musty hay all coming out quite strongly. It is very sweet, but musty. As the beer warms a bit of soapiness comes through as well. There is an odd savoriness to the aroma that comes out as the beer warms up as well. 3.5/5 The flavor profile is, as with the aroma, pretty much all malt, and is lead off by a bit of caramel that quickly transitions into sweet red wine grapes, dates, and raisins. The musty hay from the hay makes its showing about halfway through the sip and is joined by a bit of grass and peat moss. The flavor is sweet but not overpowering, and a bit soapy as the beer warms up. Also as the beer warms, an odd savory notes shows up that throws me off a bit. Bitterness is negligible with no lingering bitterness. 3.5/5 This is a full bodied beer, as expected, and is light on carbonation. it is wetting, coating, and just a bit cloying at times. There is no dryness and no lingering dryness. 3.75/5 I can't say that this is one of the better barleywines that I have had, but it is still decent. It is very complex in both aroma and flavor profile and stays true to the style. 3.5/5

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Kuma's Corner on February 17, 2017.

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Photo of jackass
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tough critics here. Is it a great barleywine? No, but its quite good and one previous reviewer said it best...more like a very boozy DIPA and that's ok by me.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bammer21
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MurphDog14
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amundra
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattress00
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Serving: 22 oz bomber poured into a 14 oz tulip.

A: Opaque orange color with a one finger thick, white head that quickly dissipated into spots of lacing. Appealing .

S: Slightly boozy in the nose followed with an orange, sweet caramel aroma. Hint of band-aid. Other than the initial orange, not getting much fruitiness or hopiness that I would have expected in a barley wine

T: A bit of sweetness followed by a good booze rush. Unbalanced towards bitter - not in a bad way - but it does follow up with some sweet, citrusy characteristics. After a few sips, can feel the effects as it warms my belly. The flavors mellow out as it warms but the tingling on the back of the tongue is still present.

M: I don't like huge mouth-heavy feels to my barley wines, but I think they've done a pretty decent job on this one for my taste buds. Tongue feels it more than anything but in a good way.

O: A boozy barley wine that won't make you pucker or make you feel like you ate a candy bar. Drinkable if consumed properly - don't slam this one down but try to enjoy it as a sipper in a tulip glass. The price point is very affordable (I bought 3 more for cellaring.) The layout of the label is a bit amateurish and I don't care much for the use of only three colors (dark blue and black with white lettering) but the artwork is very cool and it doesn't look like much of a tickle fight is going on. Would I buy more? Probably not but I'm hoping the aging will improve it.

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Photo of acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilfluff
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jon_G
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I went into the beer store today with nothing in particular in mind, and the artwork and accompanying name on this beer made it almost impossible not to purchase. According to my bottle, 11.5%. Nothing showing born on date or anything of the sort. Poured into an Irish pint and about 1/3 of the way through... here we go!

A: 3.5/5 -- Poured a very dark amber / light chocolate color. Thick foamy off-white head that lingered for a few minutes before dissipating to a ring that is omnipresent. Spotty lacing with a few lace "islands". It's a pretty drink.

S: 3/5 -- Initial smell quite sweet. Caramel maltiness up front followed by something fruity I can't quite put my finger on, fading into caramel again with a faint tinge of alcohol.

T: 4/5 (2.5/5) -- Full flavored. Sweetness masked by high hops and malt. Citrusy. As it warms it mellows and becomes more earthy. Leaves a toffee influenced alcohol burn, an aftertaste that lingers and fades into a slight alcohol tingle. A slow sipping drink to sit on and enjoy. Trying not to let the breezy and chilly weather affect the taste rating, seems perfect for autumn.

M: 3/5 -- Thick and heavy with an oily hop feel. Noticeable warm alcohol feel.

O: 3.25/5 -- Not confident I would go out of my way to purchase this again, but absolutely wouldn't turn it down if offered. Definitely one to split with somebody, becomes quite cloying towards the end. I want to give it a better rating because the artwork is just so damn cool, and the name is quirky. Unfortunately I have no choice but to throw this in the "This is better than some but worse than many" category.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tickle Fight from Solemn Oath Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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