Triskelion Barleywine | The Tap Brewing Company

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Triskelion BarleywineTriskelion Barleywine

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 07-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by jamie2dope:
Photo of jamie2dope
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a bottle of this today at Winchester Wine and Spirits. It pours out a murky orange color (light for this style) with little to no heading, barely even a lacing on this one. Nose is pretty bland, I mostly get some sweet alcohol, and a bit of hop bitterness. Taste is quite bitter, and gives off an oxidized flavor of wet cardboard as well. The aftertaste is even worse, as it imparts a flavor of burnt cigarettes, and char. Mouthfeel is medium, and extremely hot and boozy, which is not helped at all by the bitter character. Drinkability is very low based on my expectations. Harsh is the first word that comes to mind when describing this beer. It retains nothing of an English Barleywine as far as complexity, and instead hits you over the head with overwhelming alcohol. By far the worst in the bomber series that Haverhill has released.

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Photo of asabreed
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Hazy copper amber city with decent levels.

Smell: Caramel city. A lot of citrus and minor fruit esters going on, with some cherries.

Taste: A ton of hops. Minor fruit esters. A bit of caramel. Lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and not too syrupy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Heavy and alcoholic. A lot of hops. Needs some cellaring. But alright, let's deal with that.

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Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Spot on style, this sipper is balanced and more of an English style. Very dark Grapey colour with a lace trail. Better to consume once it warmed. Full mouthfeel. It is youngish, though not complex and interesting enough to bottle condition and put it downstairs. Was not getting the hops of 77 IBU. Drying.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Fluke828
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottled in April 2010 into a CCB Snifter.
A: Pours a somewhat murky amber color....borderline IPA hue. Much lighter/transparent than I thought this would be especially for an English Barleywine. No head at all with no real lacing to speak of either save for a small ring of bubbles clinging to the glass along the surface.

S: Smell is funky. At first whiff the first thing that came to mind was weak/watered down apple cider-ish aromas. Does not bode well. After a few more whiffs and letting it warm for awhile, a slightly more normal sweet barleywine aroma comes along.

T: Hmmm. Citrus? Really quite sweet and seems almost flat. Bitter in the middle with a rather unpleasant herbal hoppyness towards the back. Something is amiss....

M: Almost oily. A very slick coating that isn't terrible but isn't desirable either. Not enough carbonation for my liking, again tasted flat...

O: Not undrinkable and not a drain pour however I am struggling to finish this and I will agree with some of the other reviews on here that this is for sure the weakest of the bomber offerings from Haverhill. I have always enjoyed most Haverhill brews for the most part but this one just rubbed me the wrong way.
If I recall a fairly recent conversation with a Rep. from Haverhill I spoke with at a recent tasting at an area liquor store, they were going to discontinue this brew.

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Photo of jdaelhousen
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour produces an amber orange colored body with a cascade effect forming a thin head. Slight cloudy appearance. Aroma contains notes of caramel malts, apricot, and other citric aromas contributed by the strong hop quantity in the beer. Flavor contains a caramel and biscuity malt backing, but the noticeable flavors at the center are driven by loads of hop flavor. Apricots and oranges give off plenty of countered bitterness to eat through the colossally thick malt sugars. Boozyness is very noticeable, as beer warms the lungs immediately upon the finish. Finish into the aftertaste ends with intense bittering flavors that makes the mouth pucker. Aftertaste leaves floral and earthy hop residues on the palate. Perhaps too much quantity of hop additions in this one. The beer is intensely hoppy with Kent Goldings and it almost eliminates what's left of malt flavor in the beer. With age this one might be better but it seems like it needs some cleaning up.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Durge
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky ice tea color with a slim white cover and decent lacing. The aroma offers a sprucey malt and harsh grass hop. The flavor says whoa! Like the aroma the taste is also harshly acidic with almost a chlorine-like bite while bringing grainy caramel malt. This is medium-light bodied with very subtle carbonation with a midland, slightly resinous feel. There are some fruity characteristics, pineapple, pomeganite with charcoal grass. Interesting but a little tough to warm up to. Medium drinkability and worth a try.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a dull brass with a peaach hue and a chill haze. A thin, creamy white head fades to a whispy sheet leaving a ring of small bubbles around the rim.

Heavy, adjunctory grain aromatics: wheat, rice, and corn. The hints of sweetness are mild and rather non-descriptive besides faint honey. Not only bland, but an unflatteringly weak nose...quite surprising for the style.

Honey sweetness up front that lingers on the palate; not so much for the sweetness, but for the gaseous texture. The rice, corn, stiff wheat and grains present quickly and fill the primary flavors of this 'barleywine'. A touch of sweetness rejoins the adjunctory flavors.

Full bodied; gaseous slickness on account of the malted sweet character; however, very grainy due to the predominant adjuncts.

Wow, what happened to this Haverhill Brewery offering? I can't find one pleasant quality in this one nor can I understand how this fits into the category of barleywine. This one is certainly being poured down the drain.

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Photo of Gushue3
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Bottled in April 2010 notched on the back label. Poured a hazy burnt orange with no head, just a cluster of bubbles around the edges of the bowl. Zero lacing on this one. Sugary nose - candied raisins, figs, prunes and toffee on a malty backbone. Taste is fairly consistent with nose; however, some hops bittering comes out upfront and cuts the sweetness initially anticipated before finishing with a little residual earthy/herbal bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a little viscosity, and a mild carbonation that comes out towards the middle. Not bad, but somewhat lacking. Also a little more hoppy then I anticipated for the style.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of steve8robin
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this at a local beer store. Love the English Barleywines, let's see...

A: Medium copper honey color with a small white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Sweet candied malts upfront blended with some nice dark fruit and hints of booziness. Citrus hops on the backend. Good.

T: Dry metallic citrus upfront blended with booziness and a slight dirty soapy water flavor. Ick...

M: Heavy carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down hard because it tastes like soapy water. Ick...

All in all, this is a not so good brew. Avoid. This one just taste like metallic soapy water and that is not what beer should taste like. Not worth your time and money.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Haverhill Triskelion Barleywine
22 oz brown bottle
Bottled in April
Served in my beloved Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours a murky and muddy brown with some orange highlights. No head present.

Sweet and malty aroma for sure with some orange citrus whiffs.

Honey sweetness and equally smooth. Sugary and malty with hints of caramel. I also detect some tangerine flavors too. Flavors of brown sugar and dark fruits meld together. I really dig the use of East Kent Golding hops in this beer. A sharp hop bite that compliments the beer. The carbonation level is almost non-existent, like the beer is "flat."

Worth noting is the well hidden 10+% ABV. A nice sipper on this mid summer Saturday night with the air conditioners on full blast.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this brew

A: Pours a nice amber color. Not a lot of head, and no real lacing to speak of
S: Leather and hops. kinnda sweet, interesting combo
T: Slightly sweet, and kind of leathery. Truth be told, this is pretty malty. I mean there is a solid hop citrus presence, but finishing it off and, oddly enough in the nose afterward. combines the citrus and malty sweetness pretty well.
M: Solid, but not overbearing. slightly on the light side
D: descent. Not like a lot of barley wines, this does not give a puckerface, and the ABV doesn't smack you down

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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite what I expected. Poured a reluctant to emerge 1/16" beige head which disappeared rapidly. Hazy apricot copper colored body. Smell is good and promises malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste is similar but weaker than the smell and there's a saltiness which detracts. Body is quite light for a barleywine.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought these on clearance, now that I see the reviews I'm starting to put it all together. Oh well. From the top- 22 into narrow snifter. Bottled in 2010.

A- Lighter than expected, golden in the pour and orangey amber in the glass, large thin-walled bubbles that don't inspire much confidence. Then again, it is 10+%. Maybe I'm being too harsh.

S- Nose is nice on this one. Sweet, as expected, A bit orangey. No complaints here.

T- Again, orangey. Orange in all three of the first categories! Sweet, sweet malts. Not really any hops to speak of. A bit of a metallic/mineral taste comes through as it warms, though. Bitter and band-aid notes in the 2nd glass! This score is dropping rapidly..

M- Slick, mouth coating, a bit low in the carbonation department, a bit hot and boozy. Not the beer's best suit.

D- Moderate to low. Easy enough to drink. Wasn't winning my adoration with the flavors but it's not scaring me away either... or at least not that much. I'll drink the other bottle I got. Beer on discount = score for Shogo, so put that in your pipe and smoke it. A drinkable and moderately enjoyable english barleywine. Not worth seeking out.

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Photo of silentjay
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy brown orange with a small, big-bubbled white head that disappears quickly and leaves very little evidence on the glass.

smells of toasty malt, booze, and some earty hops, but its a bit subdued.

taste is definitely of an english-style barleywine. plenty of toast, a bit of butter, some spicy and bitter hops and a bit of booze. not much of a lingering bitterness, only booze and some sweetness.

light to medium bodied with little carbonation a bit watery in the finish, warm in the throat.

drinkability is not too great. lacks the complexity to make up for the heat.

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Triskelion Barleywine from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 21 ratings