Intrepid Orchid
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #52
ABV:
12.19%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,736
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 4.43%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
18
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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One-off
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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Beersnake1 from California

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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Radcpa from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typical barleywine dark brown appearance with a nice tan/brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant bourbon. Taste is also a very pleasant smooth slightly sweet bourbon that is excellent

Apr 21, 2020
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This smells like vanilla custard, but still maintains that thick, toffee, maltiness of a great Barleywine. Very vanilla heavy, but the sweetness is skillfully restrained. Amazing stuff.

Apr 18, 2020
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz Crowler into a bottle logic stemless wine glass. Thank you Daniel for the hook up!

Pours a deep brown body with an off white head that reduces to leave a ring of lacing.

Aromas are apparent the second you crack the crowler - freshly baked vanilla cookies, bourbon soaked marshmallows, vanilla frosted cake, caramel, light milk chocolate.

On the tongue, more vanilla and marshmallow with a complex medley of French vanilla ice cream, milk chocolate fudge, caramel-bourbon brownies, toasted marshmallows, vanilla frosted sugar cookies, finishing lightly roasty with bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is medium.

This is an absolute vanilla-marshmallow bomb! It’s definitely a pastry beer, but not overly cloying or artificial in the least bit. It’s liquid dessert that keeps demanding another sip.

Apr 05, 2020
Intrepid Orchid from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 18 ratings