Tenebris (Ghost 101)
Adroit Theory Brewing Company

Tenebris (Ghost 101)Tenebris (Ghost 101)
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American Barleywine
Ranked #107
Ranked #11,095
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Adroit Theory Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Tenebris (Ghost 101)Tenebris (Ghost 101)
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Photo of Harrison8
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Ghost 699"

Pours a murky brown-burgundy with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is fig, dark fruits, stone fruits, brown sugar, molasses, toffee and red grapes. Flavor profile is dark and stone fruits, molasses, brown sugar, molasses, fig, caramel and toffee. It's ultra sweet, to the point of being cloying. Mouth feel is medium with a thin, still texture. Overall, sweet with a thin consistency that detracts from it a bit.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 18.23 (Including shipping)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.829/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 3/31/19.
“Bottled 01/17/19” at top of label, “No. 0049/2000, Ghost 699”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, amber and translucent.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), fizzy, gone in a few seconds leaving no cap.
Lacing – None
First pour – Amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Begins with the predominant odor of dried “dark fruit” and ends with a hint of alcohol.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with some “dark fruit”. Allowing it to warm in my mouth allows the alcohol (9.0% ABV) to numb my tongue but doesn’t contribute to the flavor. Ends sweet, just short of cloying. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no hops.
Palate – 4 – Full, almost syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – The lack of any head other than fleeting, along with the absence of lacing, lowers the overall rating. At 9.0% ABV the alcohol level would permit a head, but I guess this is just protein-starved. The aroma is fine as is the flavor. Overall, somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of Pencible
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like wild honey and whole grain bread and earthy caramel, with some nutty malt and banana and clove.
T: It tasted like wild honey and whole grain bread, with some nutty malt and earthy caramel and banana and clove. It had a clean sweet afterraste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice brew with relatively mild scent and taste, almost more like a quad. The body was good and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. No need to age although it could last years. Ultimately enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a slightly hazy amber with no head.

Aroma is kinda like a Belgian dubbel. Lots of dark red fruits and a candy sugar note at the end.

Taste is just like a dubbel. A little estery for a barleywine, but a great beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle numbered 600 of 1250, poured into Teku glass and allowed to warm for an hour per bottle instructions on temperature.

L: 1F head which doesn't last very long. leaving a thin cap and ring, which does persist. Beer is a pretty deep cordovan, deeper than you might expect. It's not a great look, to be honest.

S: Nose is of caramel, dark dried fruits, and I'm getting oak barrel, but as this is not barrel-aged, I think my nose is fooling me. I don't know.

T: Taste largely follows nose. Caramel and dried plums and figs. Not too sweet, which is much appreciated. Also not too boozy, but that may take a little bit away from the body. Only a tiny bit of ABV heat on the finish.

F: Medium bodied or a little more. No carbonation to speak of. Body is a little bit loose and watery, but not badly so. Balance is pretty decent.

O: A decent barleywine made locally.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent aroma of dark fruit, malt, and a bit of caramel, as well.

T: Tasted of some malt notes, a good shot of dark fruit (raisins, in particular), light caramel notes, a light hoppy presence, a grainy / earthiness, and a resinous quality. The flavor here isn't quite as aggressive as as it should be, but it has its good points. Fairly tasty.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied, though thinner than some other American barleywines.

O: This is an uneven beer in many respects, but is still drinkable. Worth a look.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's moderately cloudy and a ruddy brown. There's a thin fizzy tan head that quickly burns off. The aroma is deep and rich, with dark fruit, toffee, and just a hint of hops to balance it. The taste is good and similar to the aroma but doesn't quite offer the same depth. The body is just a little thinner than expected with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a grand snifter within the suggested temperature range (52°-56°F)

Appearance: Pours a clean, amber color (listed as SRM 13 but looks more like a low to mid 20’s SRM) and lighter on the edges when held up to artificial light. 1 index finger sized head which dissipates after a minute with no lacing.

Smell: Malty aromas of toasted, wheat bread followed by sweet fruit with no alcohol presence to speak of. As it warms the aromas become more distinct.

Taste: Subtle sweet fruit of raisins or dates and bananas lead, earthiness and bitters persist throughout with a pleasant, slightly dry, warming finish. As it warms the sweet fruits become more prominent but never dominate and bring the bitterness to a compromise, balancing the beer even more.

Mouthfeel: A heavy, oily mouthfeel that coats the tongue and palate well, allowing the sweeter aspects of the beer to linger which helps with the balancing of the bitters.

Overall: I’m still developing an appreciation for a good Barleywine and this particular beer seems to fit the American style as I have come to know it. While I still prefer the English style this is a very good offering which was much more balanced than most I have experienced. The sweet fruit really helps usher the bitter, piney aspects of the beer down and makes it much more enjoyable. This is definitely a beer for late Fall and Winter. Given the extreme limited stock of this particular batch I doubt I will see it again but if I do I would definitely pick up more bottles for aging. Cheers!

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