Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02
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American Strong Ale
4.25 | pDev: 5.65%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02
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4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional presentation for a BA IS/BW. Nose of roasted toffee malts, faint vanilla, bourbon, oak, slight wood smoke, dried fruits, alcohol. Taste follows the nose with roasty coffee like notes, some prune like dried fruit sweetness, and an accented but palate-able bourbon note, oak, and slight alcohol burn. This beer doesn’t hide anything and is very enjoyable for my first barrel aged imperial stout/barleywine that I’ve had in many months. Finishes with some sweetness but also a noticeable bitterness that is accentuated by the alcohol presence, which is why I stayed firm at 4 for the taste

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DavidR_9 from California, Sep 17, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of caramel foam that retains fairly well. Aroma is dark and sugary sweet hitting notes of roasted, toasted, nutted, biscuit, and toffee malts. Sugary sweet notes of toffee, caramel and molasses meld with a kiss of bourbon that is shear delight. It smells dark, but has a sugary sweet background. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, nutted, and bread malts mashed between notes of molasses, toffee, caramel, and toast. Bourbon and char show themselves well towards the finish, curbing the sweetness a touch. While the aroma is sweet, the flavor profile is a little less sweet. Mouth feel is thick and velvety, providing a hearty, grainy, lovely texture. Overall, a huge beer with a heavy hitting of notes. It's pleasant and well blended, and provides one large, flavorful experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 500mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jun 29, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger off-white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- aroma has a bit of a paint thinner vibe going initially. As it opens, aromas of caramel, black licorice, raisins, apple peel, booze, chocolate & woody barrel all play a part

T- initial caramel malty sweetness from the barleywine blend, along with some earthy tobacco and toffee notes. Mid-palate brings out plenty of barrel, which adds a big bourbon note, even brandy-like at times. The finish gives notes of chocoalte covered raisins, charred malt, licorice & vanilla. The linger seems to have some hop elements that have survived that provide a fruity-floral note.

M- Medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that turns velvety into a warming finish

O- this one seemed to be all over the place initially, but the longer I drink it, the more it grows on me

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Mar 31, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured out of a 1 pt 0.9oz bottle into a snifter glass. Jet black with small beige head that quickly dissipates into light lacing and bubbles in the circumference of the glass.
S: smell is oak , some char and faint vanilla and booze probably strong barrel presence in the nose.
T: cocoa, caramel , earthy hippiness , that finishes with a boozy vanilla. Lots of layers started with sips and started taking bigger swigs as the flavors opened up.
F: good amount of carbonation still despite the time in the barrel. Although it drinks preety smoothly for it being 12.94% alc, the booze is present in the heat and the slight burn in the aroma.
O: another great BA offering from the Tusk & Grain program IMO. A blend of 2 stouts and 1 barleywine equals a great strong ale I bet 6 months or more would do this wonders. Definitely will seek out more

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LA_Hue24 from California, Dec 10, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nothing much to the nose, though I have a lingering cold. Pours quite dark, very thick - head is just a fine bit of brown bubbles which don't linger. Taste is full of subtle chocolate, wood and barrel, and lots of booze. Quite complex and rich. This one was a surprise. Understated bottle design and artwork. This one's a sleeper - definitely a winning beer. Really curious about how it might have tasted if aged just a bit longer.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Oct 26, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive 500ml waxed bottle. A blend of barleywine and two imperial stouts, and it is stupendous. I'm a big fan of these types of blends, regardless, but this is exceptionally well done. A dessert sipper, with cocoa, caramel, whiskey heat, and vanilla. The barleywine comes to the forefront, but not without the stouts adding some complementary chocolate and malted grain notes. Quite sweet, probably moreso than many would care for, but I'm a big fan of this.

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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Only black pour with tan head that dissipates quickly, virtually flat, still top.

Smell of rich vanilla and toffee, easily identified as bourbon. Taste is similar with nice sweetness and a sticky finish.

More carbonated than expected, smooth drinking, really good... the barleywine stands out from the stout, but the stouts add nice body to the blend. Very well made.

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Tusk & Grain Barrel Aged Blend No. 02 from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 38 ratings