Tickle Fight | Solemn Oath Brewery

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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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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Fcolle2:
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy burnt orange in colors with some amber hues. Half finger head has decent retention and is off white

Smell is good, there is a good citrus and pear like hop aroma before a rich husky caramel malt dominates the midsection.

Taste is good and follows the nose.there is a fair amount of orange like citrus hop flavor and a high alcohol presence. Malt is somewhat sweet and very rich with husky grain and toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of hop oils and a huge sticky body is cut with moderate carbonation along with a somewhat hot alcohol presence.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 77apm
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a slightly dense warm aged copper body with a sticky light beige head that last the full beer.

S- The green grassy hops give way to a sweet big sugary caramel malt sweetness in the finish.

T- The perfumy sweet malt leads into a ginger spice heat in the finish with some vanilla flowers that turn woody as the beer opens up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has an alcohol heat in the finish that boost the ginger heat.

O- This beer has big floral flavors mixed with big sweet malt and big alcohol warmth that is just to much for me. The ginger spice is just too big aswell. It was nice to taste but I couldn’t get through the whole glass.

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Photo of acurtis
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of hreb
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I had to a pick up a 22oz bottle of This Most American Of Barleywines with totally badass art on the label and a totally commensurate name printed at its bottom. Served in a pint glass it appears syrupy orange in the glass with big soda bubbles and a malty sweet aroma familiar for the style. Zow, this is a seriously hopped out barleywine. I can see what they meant about massive American style. It starts and finishes sweet, but there's a ton of IBUs in the middle. The flavors don't complement each other at all.

I think I would have liked this better as an Imperial IPA. It's not though: the malt should be lighter in color, the hop profile should be more citrus and more aromatic, and the attenuation should be crisper. No, this is just a harsh barleywine, one that borders on undrinkable. The kind of brew that makes English barleywine enthusiasts complain about how Americans have bastardized the style -- but rightly, for once.

Note: my 2014-vintage bottle claims to be 10.% alc./vol.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hurkie70
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of JohnnyNicks
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of bwood06
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wesside89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TheRock7755
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ackeeper
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karl_M
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Tickle Fight from Solemn Oath Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 115 ratings