Intrepid Orchid
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #23
Ranked #1,126
4.4 | pDev: 6.82%
May 13, 2022
Mar 28, 2020
Intrepid OrchidIntrepid Orchid
Notes: Style: Imperial Barleywine
Concept: Vanilla Barleywine Treatment
Barrels: Bourbon

Volatile in-progress stasis project asset. Brewed with Chevallier malt and aged with f.o. levels of Madagascar vanilla beans. Gather intel via draft pour and report back to bottle logic special projects division.
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4.5 by paulish from New York on May 13, 2022
4.49 by EMH73 from New York on Apr 29, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

2022 vintage 11.2% ABV.
It's hard to pick much out of here besides vanilla, especially at the finish. There are hints of toffee and raisin peeking through up front and some bourbon at the exhale. While this is rich and satisfying, I would have preferred more to balance the sweetness. Just too much vanilla imo.

Apr 20, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by lucius10 from California

For the 2022 Batch (11.2% ABV)! Sweet caramel/brown sugar malty, dark fruity raisins, and candied vanilla nose on this one! Taste follows with vanilla and caramel upfront...and then a hint of bourbon barrel finish. As it warms, the sweet vanilla notes start to pair really well with the bourbon barrels here! My only wish is that it was just a tad more viscous on the palate. This is delicious!

Apr 04, 2022
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by micada from New York

Wow. It’s listed as English style, but it has one of those stout mid-palate bodies. However, not at all bitter in the middle due to the vanilla sweetening it out. Absolutely delicious. No geat, no bite. Just crushable. Christened my Voodoo BRC glass with this because the label showed the proper glassware. Phenomenal nose. Great everything!

Apr 01, 2022
4.5 by rab53 from Washington on Mar 31, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Very dark opaque brown with a tan cap. Bourbon backed barley, huge vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, nougat, and molasses in the nose. Taste adds a note of baker's chocolate, otherwise exactly as the nose foretold, the vanilla is massive, almost frosting like. Feel is warm, smooth, thick and moderately weighted. Very sweet, actually if the vanilla was dialed back just a hair this would be top shelf, but as is it is a very good dessert barleywine.

Mar 30, 2022
4.48 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Mar 22, 2022
3.88 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 19, 2022
3.97 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 11, 2022
4.65 by powbucks from California on Mar 01, 2022
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Oct 18, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Benish from Wisconsin

Poured dark brown with a thin film of tannish head. The nose is overly sweet, heavy vanilla and bourbon. I found the taste exactly the same. Exceedingly sweet with overwhelming notes of vanilla that just takes over the entire palate. Also lots of chocolate. Not really picking up dark fruits I expect in English BW’s. Also very heavy notes of bourbon, so much heat. Mouthfeel is heavy and hot. Overall it’s a heavy beer, I find it too sweet and unbalanced. I could only handle one pour.

Sep 20, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by swenny916 from Illinois

Pours a deep brown with about a finger's worth of mocha foam that dissipated before I could even get a picture.

Smell is heavy vanilla with just a touch of maple and barely any bourbon. Pleasant, easy smell.

Taste is much sweeter than I expected, but looking through other reviews, I wasn't the only one thinking it was sweet. The vanilla tastes almost like frosting. I'm a fan, but still somewhat new to barleywines, so not sure if this is uncommon to the style or not.

Feel is medium bodied. It looks a lot thicker than it drinks. Vanilla sticks around the longest.

A very nice, easier to drink than I expected, beer. Definitely drinks less ABV to me than it is.

Aug 30, 2021
4.17 by mattreitz49 from Florida on May 23, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RaulMondesi from California

Damn. I think I am going to call this one Scrooge McDuck “rich” and Pluto the Dog “smooth.” This thing bops on all levels like A-Rod when he has a needle hanging from his bum. Straight up boom like the USS Missouri firing off a cannon.

Get it.

Mar 03, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

2020 Vintage - Consumed during the 2021 Online Barleywine Tasting

Pours a ruddy rosewood brown - sitting opaque in the glass with next to no light penetration. A quick fizzle of brown bubbles form on top before quicjly reducing to a tan collar. Effervescence follows the collar when tilted.

Nose: Man, there is just a metric ton of vanilla in here, it really just takes over. It's clearly not a stout, as there's no roasty chocolate element, buy other than some general caramel and butter rum sweetness, this is just Fundamental Observation-level vanilla. Some booze, and bourbon barrel are evident.

Palate: Intrepid Orchid greets the palate with a big malty sweetness, with lots of caramel, toffee, lught brown sugar, some white chocolate cookie dough, some chocolate-caramel swirl, tootsie rolls, nougat, marzipan, and an absolute EXPLOSION of vanilla. This is vanilla cake frosting, petit four, Italian sweet cream, cream cheese frosting, all compounded by plenty of oaky barrel notes lending its own vanillin thing. It's sweet, rich, and decadent, but just on the right side of sweet, and it finds balance towards the finish, with that oak really showing up and lending some nice dry, woody tannins and bourbon, along with a whisper of grape skin, and some shaved dark chocolate that lingers on.

Mouthfeel/Body: This one is a big beer - slick, heavy, and its presence casts a shadow - however, it is not viscous, syrupy, or cloying, and with the oak coming in, it really finds that nice sippable balance. Lightly fizzy, and leaving the lips sticky, but drying nicely in the finish.

Overall: Its hard, right? You have to find the balance between accepting that this isn't your classic old world recipe traditional barleywine, but something that has morphed with the times. Of course I can't compare this to Aaron - their basically different styles altogether. However, for an "adjunct barleywine", this is actually quite spectacular, and if you love vanilla, this one will deliver.

Feb 19, 2021
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4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by vujuice from California

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours deep brown. Loads of vanilla on the nose. Taste is amazing -- tons of caramel and vanilla, and some chocolate. Tastes like a werthers or a rolo. Delicious.

Feb 02, 2021
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Dec 18, 2020
4.47 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 05, 2020
4.41 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 29, 2020
4.5 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Nov 02, 2020
4.55 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Oct 05, 2020
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3.33/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
by Alieniloquium from Florida

500 mL bottle. Deep brown. Smells of vanilla, brown sugar, and alcohol. Tastes pretty much the same, with a little bourbon. Oak dries it out a little. Finishes with vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very sweet, very boozy. Could not drink much, but small quantities are tasty.

Sep 20, 2020
4.21 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2020
4.35 by MJSFS from Florida on Aug 06, 2020
4.29 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 03, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like vanilla cake frosting, caramel, bourbon vanilla, and oak.

This has such a dynamite vanilla flavor to it - cake-like, a bit of cookie dough, some burnt caramel, etc. there’s light silky caramelly bourbon, with a touch of oak spice, and maybe some chocolate.

This is very creamy, and pretty rich, with really no booze to it.

I don’t usually love pastry barleywine, but this does it very, very well.

Aug 02, 2020
4.34 by kmoen from California on Jul 18, 2020
4.43 by BAsbill from California on Jul 18, 2020
4.38 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jul 02, 2020
4.45 by johnInLA from California on Jun 27, 2020
4.35 by rcjennings from Ohio on Jun 24, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark mahogany brown with faint red hues under a tall tan head that settles to a persistently thin khaki blanket.

Not just for a Barleywine, but for any beer style in general, this is ultra decadent to the extreme. The amount of vanilla in this has to rival the malt, holy shit.

It's brownie batter and blondies, straight up. The silky smooth medium body is lightly crisp and lightly sticky yet still semi-dry on the swallow. The vanilla is intensely present, yet floral, with light nutty touches of malt and caramelly barrel. A hint of grape comes with the woody char, while a welcome heat cuts the richness on the exhale. Yet it consistently circles back to Reisens and full on extra marshmallow rocky road.

Intrepid Orchid is the most pastry-rific barleywine in existence, and a well done one at that.

Jun 20, 2020
4.42 by impending from California on Jun 19, 2020
4.68 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Jun 13, 2020
4.34 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 13, 2020
4.44 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Jun 13, 2020
4.31 by Beerbom from California on Jun 12, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from a bottle at fridge temp and allowed to warm. A nice light brown head that quickly departs. Pours a very dark brown - almost black. Nose is maple, bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. Some secondary notes of cream, nuts, milk chocolate, and figs. Decadent. Not overly complex. This screams pastry, but it's clear the English barleywine is strong on this as well. The taste is outstanding. The toffee and vanilla are dominant, with a lot of maple coming through. Definitely makes me think of pancakes with maple syrup. Everything mingles nicely, with a beautiful aftertaste. This is sweet, but not too sweet. Zero bitterness. Overall, this is a winner for Bottle Logic.

Jun 08, 2020
Intrepid Orchid from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 48 ratings