Intrepid Orchid
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #38
Ranked #1,257
4.36 | pDev: 8.49%
Jan 11, 2024
Mar 28, 2020
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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Rated: 3.97 by timmy2b from New York

Jan 11, 2024
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Reviewed by minterro from California

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This beer was part of a tasting that occurred on 08/18/23 (notes taken). 2022 variety.

A&S: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. No head, even when poured. Other reviewer's beer had a much larger and sustained head. The aroma is very sweet, characteristics include: raisins, marshmallows, toasted almonds, and boozy rum.

T&M: The taste is very rum and booze-forward. Vanilla hits closer to the finish of the taste. Very drinkable for the ABV. I believe this is the lowest score I ever gave a Bottle Logic mouthfeel. Mouthfeel was medium/full, low carbonation.

Overall: Very solid, would recommend, but not over other options from this brewery. I don't think I have had a bad beer from this brewery. Interestingly, I found that the taste and smell don't evolve much as the beer warms.
Dec 10, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by o29 from Texas

Jul 22, 2023
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Reviewed by PaulsBrew from Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
I love vanilla, so this is right up my alley, however there is such thing as too much vanilla, and this barely crosses that line. Almost a perfect vanilla beer otherwise.
Jul 21, 2023
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, oak, raisins and caramel.

T - The taste is big vanilla, plums, raisins, toffee, oak and some warm bourbon in the finish.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - Really dig this. The vanilla is definitely sweet, but doesn’t overpower the base barleywine flavors.
Jun 18, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle - 2022 release - Batch 002

Lots of smoke upon popping the cap off the bottle. The beer pours a very dark brown into the glass. No light comes through when held up to the light. The head is 2 finger and brown. The bubbles are fairly small in the head. The head retention is quite good for such a high alcohol beer. There's a bit of lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
From afar, I get a slight boozy aroma. Up close it is more complex. I get vanilla, which provides a sweetness to the aroma. I also get some plum, raisin, caramel and toffee. All the aromas seem well balanced.
Taste - right away the vanilla kicks in and doesn't let go at all. The vanilla stays throughout. After the vanilla hits, I get the raisin, and plum. These fade away a bit and the caramel and toffee hit on the back. There's also a slight bitterness from the hops that comes in on the back to smooth out the sweetness a bit.
The body is fairly smooth feeling. Full bodied, and thick feeling. The beer coats my throat in goodness. There's a very slight burn that does make an appearance in this beer, but it's slight.
I am always up for a good barleywine, and this is a good one. The vanilla really provides a nice addition to the style, and I am happy with it.
Apr 24, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.09/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle at share. Dark mahogany pour, filmy beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and vanilla. Taste comes in very sweet, tons of (too much?) vanilla. It kind of buried the rest of the flavors
Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Apr 14, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 07, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours out a rather dark brown for a barleywine. If I didn't know, the color would tell me stout. But on the other hand the finger of tan head revealed its true identity. The foam lingers for a decent amount of time.

Nose is oak, sweet confection, and classic barleywine. The oak barrel is not as strong as the Reaction State I had the other night, but still impactful. Caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and vanilla dominate the nose. There is a slight hint of hops.

Taste is oak, slightly smoky caramel, and marshmallow in plentitude. The vanilla is so strong, I'm wondering if the floral note is from that or the hops. While it tastes good, its rather sweet and perhaps a tad linear. A good sharing and pairing brew. Maybe some savory or even salty cheese, like a Feta or really aged Gouda.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied, syrupy. Dense, sticky, cloying. Seemingly no alcohol burn. The sugar does a good job of covering it up.

Overall a solid barleywine. I feel like the addition of something else and the slight reduction of vanilla would have propelled this forward immensely. Like a slight touch of cinnamon, some Belgian Candi Sugar instead of so much vanilla and they could have sold this as a Cinnamon Bun barleywine. Still a good brew, but held back from greatness.
Dec 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
I’ve been really tired the last couple of days, so I’m going to try to banish that with a big old 500ML barleywine dunked solo tonight. Wish me luck.

Lightless brown: if handed to me unawares I’d assume it was a stout. The nose is vanilla-dominant: if handed to me unawares I’d assume it was a bowl of vanilla.

Intrepid Orchid violates vanilla density laws in at least 36 states. Vanilla, then more vanilla. Barrel is a sense of booze in the back of the throat. Malty sweetness mingles into brown sugar & pushes the sweetness into Emmy-level territory. No barleywine detected. Thick. Stout thick. Closing in on pastry stout thick. A shot would have been enough.

Serious lack of execution here. Way, way, way too sweet. Barely scratching the underbelly of mediocre.
Jul 15, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by mig100 from Texas

Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a toffee brown with no foam. Aroma sits on vanilla, bourbon, and toffee, with early notes of toffee when the beer was at fridge temperature. It forms into a more sticky candy bar as it warms, running thru notes of toffee, molasses, caramel, and more emphasis on vanilla bean. Bourbon is well engrained, but perhaps a bit small in comparison to the other notes. Barrel character is mild. Flavor profile emphasis bourbon a touch more, but it's still weak in the mix. Vanilla bean dominates, sitting at the front, middle, and finish. It's border line cloyingly sweet vanilla bean, which is unfortunate with the lack of bite from the bourbon or barrel. Toffee, molasses, caramel, and fig help sweeten it up a touch too, but even when combined, pale in comparison to the strength of the vanilla bean. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fuzzy, un-eventful texture. It's got a boiled, over-medium texture. Overall, it's a sugary barleywine that doubles down on vanilla bean for even more sweetness. For those seeking a dessert barleywine, with mild or minimal barrel influencing notes, this may be 'the one'. For those seeking a balanced barrel aged barleywine - no.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 500mL bottle.
May 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

May 13, 2022
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