Chessie Barleywine
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #300
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #23,608
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 8.62%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
71
From:
Union Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes:
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Reviews by nmann08:
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle.

Beautiful deep amber hue that brings a perfect clarity. Lovely tight white lacing sticks well. Bready nose with notes of stone fruit, earthiness, fresh grass, & nutty yeast. A little thick and chewy, smoothness from a light carbonation lingers long. Malty, mild caramel and bread crust make up the maltiness. Hints of marmalade, green peppercorn and hop resin balance things out. Good level of warming from the alcohol rounds the semi-dry finish out.

A real charmer here, the balance here is pretty damn amazing with a high level of drinkability ... not saying that I am chugging it but rather is is very pleasing sip to sip.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Shroud0fDoom for this one from his NBS BIF #1 box. Bottle #782/1000. Shared with OKComputer. All-around, a fairly typical example of the style. Nice color, scent and flavors. The body was nicely smooth, and finished with just a touch of stickiness. I'd like to see what a couple years would do for this beer, I bet it would be fantastic.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent red with a small white head. Smells of a nice fruit bouquet with hints of berries. Tastes of fruit, especially berries, but with a nice grain background and slight alcohol. Beer is full bodied but still finishes nicely and is extremely drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of csnyder83
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby amber color. Nice caramel and dark grape notes with a hint of plum in the nose. Taste is the same but with a light citrus hop note. Heavy body but fairly slick. Light carbonation to give it a bit of texture. A bit hoppy at the beginning. Pretty good.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MattXT
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a bit strange. I had it on draft at a tasting. It was 1 yr aged sample. Think hoppy barleywine. The bitterness is there. Being a hop head I actually really enjoyed this. It tasted of an old DIPA. The difference would be the complexity of the barleywine aspect. Very interesting and good beer.

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Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chessie Barleywine from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 71 ratings