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Tickle Fight | Solemn Oath Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States
solemnoathbrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,859
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
116
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
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 CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 scalffd
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of jackass
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 CPAles
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paco1029384756
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoosier222002
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

Felt a touch awkward ordering a Tickle Fight at the bar, but, hey, it could've been fun if taken more literally... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a half-finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises candied ruby red grapefruit peel, light maple syrup, pine sap, pineapple syrup, and a light twinge of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the fruit and pine are sharper, more bitter, and there's a vein of sweet caramel pervading, criss-crossing with the vein of booze. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh chewy feel. Overall, a nice barleywine, one that approaches being a tad too powerful for its own good, but luckily falls just short of that cliff.

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Photo of maz
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jabo134
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 Duff27
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Tickle Fight from Solemn Oath Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 116 ratings